I have been just itching to blog about this project for you. I just PAINTED a fabric footstool. Yes, I PAINTED the fabric. I tried painting fabric a few years ago with a homemade concoction and was pretty disappointed in how stiff the fabric became, so I was anxious to try this new product.
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The FAB product from Heirloom Traditions is the “primer” if you will. This goes on right over the old fabric.
UPDATE: Heirloom Traditions has discontinued its FAB products. Instead, has developed a new paint product called FINISH-ALL. There are 8 different colors and you can purchase them from Amazon here. This is still an amazing product and works the same – it goes on EVERYTHING – wood, fabric, vinyl, stone, leather, tile and even better, unlike FAB – NO PRIMER OR SEALER IS REQUIRED!! IN this tutorial, I still show you how to paint with FAB + a chalk type paint. But know that you will do the painting the same, but just use one of the colors of Finish-All.
I just slopped it on.
You can watch a video here:
Ignore the car alarm in the background. Murphy’s Law = if I am taping, alarms will go off. Go figure.
After the FAB dried overnight, I painted it with this obnoxiously delightful color called Marilyn’s Lipstick. Is that not the yummiest pink you have ever seen? Also pick up my favorite chalk-type paint brush while you’re shopping on Amazon. These brushes are amazing when working with chalk-type paints. You’ll love them!
You can watch how I apply it on this video. And, are you a PINK or a RED person? I’m curious!
This is how painting fabric looked after one coat, the pattern still showed. I ended up doing what I called 2 1/2 coats. Lol. The 3rd coat was not all over.
In between each coat I did run a quick sanding block over the pink…. it just helped to soften it a little.
Do not forget to turn your piece over on something fancy like a trash can and be sure to paint the fabric that you MISS when it’s right side up. See all that old fabric color coming thru? Shameful.
After all the pink was on…. I did another coat of FAB to seal it!
I ended up using the same Black Bean paint that I used on the legs to paint the piping. I brushed it on with a small angled brush. And look at how good it looks!!!!! Painting fabric turns out beautiful!!
So I know what you are thinking …. IS IT CRUNCHY???? The answer is, it is NOT crunchy, but it’s not as soft as it was. It feels EXACTLY like exterior patio furniture cushions. Wayyyyyyy softer than the concoction I made up years ago.
And maybe you are thinking, will it crack??? And no, it will NOT crack.
I’ve already bought a tufted chair in a hideous color so that I can do another FAB painting fabric project in gray. Yummy.
Here is the before and after again for you to be inspired by. Start painting fabric furniture today!
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