Latex satin paint – I used leftover from paint from our bathroom re-do.
Fabric medium – this stuff is usually located in the painting section with acrylic paints and brushes.
Inexpensive, stiff-ish bristled paint brush
Spray bottle with water
200 grit sand paper – I didn’t end up using this, but you might need it to gently sand away fuzzies, depending on the type of fabric your piece is covered in.
Mixing container with a lid
Drop Cloth – I always save old shower curtains and use them as drop cloths.
Glass of wine – optional 😉
First, I mixed up a batch of fabric paint by combining one part medium, one part paint, and two parts water. So, my first batch was 2 ounces fabric medium, 2 ounces paint and four ounces of water. This wasn’t quite enough to do the entire first coat, so I mixed up a second batch exactly like it.
This paint solution is very watery and runs a lot, so I used a drop cloth and also taped the legs; I even stopped part way through painting the front to finish wrapping them! Next, I sprayed the fabric with some water, rubbing it in a little. This gets the fabric ready to absorb the paint mixture. Side note – I don’t believe this process would work well with new upholstery as most pieces are treated with water repellent / stain repellent chemicals that would keep the paint from absorbing easily into the fabric. I worked my way around the chair, covering it with the fabric paint mixture. For corners and seams, like the piping around the seat, I used my fingers to work the paint down into the cracks. Once the first coat was finished, I let it dry for twenty four hours. I suspect you could apply the second coat within a few hours, this is just how it worked out for me because it was the soonest I could get back to the project.
After letting the upholstery dry for another twenty four hours, I used a final, much thicker coat of one part medium, one part paint, and a splash of water, followed by some touch ups.