DIY- How To Paint Fabric


One of the features that completely sold us on our home is the back yard.  When we were walking through the house we really liked a lot of what we saw, but when we opened the backdoor and looked out into the yard it was as if I could hear a choir of angels singing.  “Alleluia!” The yard was full of lush green grass, framed with professionally landscaped gardens, and filled with ornamental trees and grasses.  The property was enclosed with a  new wooden privacy fence, and the most amazing feature of all was the absence of rear neighbours.  Instead, the back of the property was lined with mature maple trees towering over our backyard like a cozy natural umbrella.   It felt like a private little oasis right smack in the middle of the city.  This house was a gem!  We knew we weren’t going to find a yard like this with any other house we looked at.  We put an offer in on it that same night, and were moving in 8 weeks later!


Every year as summer approaches we basically move outdoors. Our deck has become an extension of our living room and so creating an enjoyable “outdoor living space” has been a huge priority for us.  As I’m sure you agree, outdoor furniture and decor is expensive!!  Along with it being pricey to begin with, it often doesn’t hold up for long outside in the elements.  This year I noticed that some of my chair cushions and stools were faded and dingy looking.  I scoured yard sales and online re-sale sites looking cheap replacements but came up empty handed.  The cushions and sitting stools I had were in great shape except that they were a little faded and worn looking.  I decided to experiment with painting them!  That’s right, I said PAINT on FABRIC!  It’s really a thing!  It’s easy, inexpensive and the results are incredible!!


The first project I tackled were these little stools.  They are so cute and comfy and awesome for extra seats when we have guests over.  The orange was looking a little tired and faded and was definately in need of a mini face lift.  We recently acquired a new table and bench set from store points that we were saving.  (How amazing is getting free stuff from store points?!!) So, I decided to paint the stools black to match our new set.


You can use this technique on cushions, pillows, and any fabric covered outdoor furniture.

  • You will need a can of paint.  You can use regular wall paint, or even craft paint.
  • 1 bottle of “Fabric Medium”  I purchased mine at Michaels.
  • Water
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Paint Brush
  • Roller (stiff foam)


Step 1: Make sure the fabric is clean and fee of debris.

Step 2: Mix equal parts paint, water and fabric medium

Step 3: Roll paint mixture evenly over the entire surface.  (You can even use this mixture in a paint sprayer if you have one)

Step 4: Use the brush to get in the seams and any hard to reach places.

  • You will need to do at least 2 full coats of paint, possibly 3.  Let each coat dry completely before moving on to the next.
  • The mixture will look watery and milky in colour.  Do not worry!  You didn’t make a mistake!  It takes on the true colour again once it’s painted.


Adding the fabric medium will soften the paint and allow it to adhere to the fabric without cracking and flaking off once it’s dry.  This technique can be used for both indoor and outdoor furniture.  Stay tuned to see the project I’m working on to refinish beautiful chairs for my living room!


I LOVE the way these turned out! I think the black is so classy with a few pops of colour with the other decor!  This was a fun and easy project and I can always paint them a different colour next year if I want to!! 🙂


Think of how many thrift store and yard sale finds you pass by because the fabric is unappealing or dated!  This technique has changed the way I shop for furniture! Take a risk and try this!  I bet you’ll be hooked!  😉


XO, Pam






5 thoughts on “DIY- How To Paint Fabric

    1. Thanks so much Margaret! I love being outdoors in the summer and thankfully both of my kids want to be outdoors as much as possible too! 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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    1. Thank you! I was so happy with the way it turned out! You’re right, crafting does take a little time but it’s an awesome way to save money while updating your decor! 🙂 Thank you for reading and for sharing!

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