We often talk about painting fabric with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. We painted a couch at Ooh la La & Friend’s Salon & Spa six years ago when we first opened our doors for business! It is a vintage couch and has so much charm. We didn’t have the budget to recover it and so we asked Annie-can we paint this and she said yes! It has held up very well although the cushions are starting to show wear (it’s vintage) the paint is holding on great! Isn’t it fabulous with the Coco and Old White. We added a bit of gold gilding to make it sparkle!
The trick to painting fabric is to wet it first with a light mist from a spray bottle. This helps the paint soak into the fabric. You’ll want to pull and open any tucks and use a good Annie Sloan Paint Brush to get into the crevices. The bristles are angled and really makes painting SO much easier! Depending upon paint color, two coats will usually cover. I always like to test the fabric in a hidden place (backside of a cushion) before painting to see how it will look. I love that the texture of the fabric shows through and gives it so much character and charm! We have waxed fabric-which will help soften it. The two couches shown here are not waxed on the fabric but on the wood only!
So-fast forward six years and we are still painting fabric couches with this fabulous paint! This fun love seat found us! Look at the before (character but definitely dirty and in need of some updating!) I vacuumed it, stitched a small hole closed, and got to work.
And this is the result! Note the paint color is French Linen on the fabric and an Old White/Pure White Mix on the wood. Ready to give it a try? We are here to help you! Come see us soon! We love what we do and we love helping you get the perfect look for your project!