Whether it be a lampshade, couch, throw pillow, office chair or rug, now that you have decided to update its look with upholstery fabric paint, there are a few tips to keep in mind in order to create the look you want.

In order to successfully fulfill this type of project, it is necessary to have enough materials. One can of paint will not cover an entire couch. In fact, for a couch, you would need about a dozen cans of paint for a pleasing result. Therefore, buy plenty.

Another thing to consider before you begin spraying is the color you will apply. This upholstery fabric paint comes in nice, practical colors, but you cannot change a dark blue item into a lighter color like yellow. Furthermore, if there is a pattern on the original piece, it may still show underneath even after all the spray coats have been applied.

Now that all the materials are together and you’ve covered the areas you don’t want the color to stain, you should begin spraying the fabric a few inches away in a sweeping motion. In order to get an even coat, work in thin layers while applying the same amount of pressure. Continue to build the layers. Be careful not to apply too much paint so that it doesn’t just sit on top of the fabric. When it has dried after the last coat, you can wipe off the area with a dry rag to get rid of any excess. Allow the fabric to dry for three days, and never wash it with fabric softener.

It’s nice to revitalize an old, faded piece of fabric, but you can put designs on it, too. Place a stencil on the surface of the fabric you want to spray and you’ve got a newly designed pillow. Be sure to cover all areas you do not want to get stained.