I debated whether or not to show you this project gone wrong. But when I did some online research, I found a few others bloggers [reference links at the bottom of this post] who’ve had similar results. So, I decided it was worth sharing how this fabric medium works …or in my case, didn’t work. If you plan on painting velvet, I hope you read this first!
These two french chairs have been sitting in my inventory for over a year. I pulled them out last Thursday because inspiration had struck to paint something for my own home. I was looking forward to painting the velvet fabric [as I’ve seen others successfully do on Pinterest] while leaving the original wood to create a french country farmhouse feel.
I was optimistic because I’ve had amazing results with my other fabric projects. Here is my first fabric painted chair. It still looks great, feels good, and everyone who comes over is shocked when I tell them it’s painted – not reupholstered! I’ve even had a couple of clients offer to “take it off my hands”, only to be disappointed when I tell them it’s not for sale.
Also, if you joined me last week, you saw some pretty impressive results on dyeing fabric with chalk style paint. You can see how I dyed fabric into authentic looking linen here.
Rather than use chalk paint, I bought a Fabric Medium at Michaels. If you’re not familiar with this product, Fabric Medium is a milky liquid. You add it to a water-based latex or acrylic paint prior to painting your textiles. Its purpose is to keep the fabric feeling soft and flexible. There are a number of brand names to choose from like Martha Stewart, Plaid, Delta, Liquitex, and Americana to name a few.
After following the directions on the bottle, the first coat looked good. The velvet looked plush, and felt soft even after it dried.
The second and third coat all went wrong. I started seeing bleed-through, and even though I watered down the paint and sanded between each coat, this was my result. Stiff. Cracked. Crusty. Hard. In short.. it looks and feels horrible! I’m really disappointed.
Unlike my other painted chair, I don’t think any of my clients are going to be offering to take these off my hands.
I went online to see if anyone else has had this problem and found similar results here and here. I realize this fabric medium may work wonders on different types of textiles. It may work beautifully on fabric with no nap or a thin type cloth. However, in this case, I would have been better off saving some money and just using Chalk Paint. For now, I’ve lost my inspiration for restyling these chairs. When the urge strikes again, I think I’ll buy some pretty fabric and reupholster this mess.
I don’t regret trying this though, it was a good learning experience. The more techniques and products you try, the more you learn and discover what works best for YOU. Personally, I’ve discovered I prefer working with chalk style paints on fabric.
Let’s hope my next project turns out spectacular!
Feel free to pin this project and if you have any questions, ask away. 🙂
Have you tried this? If you’ve used fabric medium and it worked (or didn’t) – I’d love to hear what brand you used and what fabric it worked on.
Happy Painting and have a great day!
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