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How to Paint Crushed Velvet Upholstery

By: Jennifer Allwood from
How to Paint Crushed Velvet Upholstery
How to Paint Crushed Velvet Upholstery
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"Did you know you can paint velvet fabric? Yes, paint it. Check out the blue side of this chair which is PAINT! Looks like a totally new piece of furniture, doesn’t it? And the best part is... IT STAYS SOFT! It still feels soft like velvet instead of feeling a little harder like patio furniture.
"Basically you are 'dying' the fabric on this technique so instead of the paint sitting on top of the fabric (and drying down hard and stiff), you work the paint into the fabric to essentially 'dye' it. So much better!"

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Old velvet upholstered furniture
  • Clear fabric paint
  • Chalk paint
  • Sanding block (fine or medium grit)
  • Chip brush
  • Gloves


  1. In an old coffee container or bucket of some kind, mix the following: 1 part FAB clear (fabric paint) + 1 part chalk type paint (the blue) + 5 parts water This is a very thin, very runny mixture like the consistency of milk. You will not need much at all. We used less than a quart total of this mixture on this 1/2 chair.

  2. Brush the first layer on. Try to work it into the tufting and all the seams. If the cushion CAN come off, take it off. Otherwise, just work your brush into the cracks. And if it’s easier to work the color into the fabric with your glove and hand, do that.

  3. Let it dry. And this layer may look scary when it’s done. But DON’T PANIC YET!

  4. After the paint is dry, next comes the most important part: SAND THE PAINTED FABRIC WITH A SANDING BLOCK. This will make the fabric go back to feeling soft!

  5. Then do another layer of painting and sanding and another coat of paint and sanding until the color is as deep as you want it!

NotesNOTE: Don't worry. After doing this technique, the paint will not crack and will not come off on your clothes when you sit down.

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