There’s a Better Way to Restore Old Upholstered Furniture

Last Updated: November 12, 2021

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Do you have an old sofa, loveseat, or chair that looks faded or is stained? Are you tired of looking at that plain, beige or outdated pattern on your upholstered furniture? What if I told you there is a better way to restore old upholstered furniture than reupholstering it? If you want to save time and money over replacing your furniture (or you just can’t afford it right now but want to update your furniture) or having it reupholstered, painting it is the way to go.

Paint your upholstered furniture? Yes, but not just any paint. Spray paint specifically created and designed to stay soft and cover up stains and update faded couches, sofas, loveseats, and chairs is all the rage.

The features of a good fabric spray paint should include being Eco-friendly, non-toxic, soft to the touch, fast-drying, fade-resistant, permanent, and easy to use. It should be an aerosol spray that is non-flammable, water-based, and virtually fume-free. Your fabric spray paint should not rub off when it’s dry, or ever.

Why Fabric Spray Paint?

There are other types of upholstery paint, but most of them are brush-on. They are messy, take more time to get the coverage you want, and they dry stiff or they harden the fabric so it loses its comfortable texture. It might look pretty, but no one will sit on it, so you lose your extraneous seating in your living room, den, bedroom, or other recreational room in your home.

Acrylic, chalk, and other brush-on fabric paints dry slowly. It can take days of using a heater or blow dryer to speed the drying time of other paints. If you have no other choice but to leave your upholstered piece outside, the time it takes to dry could end badly with unpredictable weather issues.

Instead of all those concerns, a fast-drying, no heat needed fabric spray paint is a better alternative. Drying time should be about 72 hours. It should be dry enough to touch within one hour, but completely dry within 72 hours. In other words, you don’t have to leave it outside if you don’t have a garage or other covered outdoor work space.

What Can You Spray Paint?

Fabric spray paint can restore anything that’s made of fabric. Canvas, cotton, and other natural materials make the best substrate upon which to paint, but you can experiment with other fabrics like poly-cotton, polyester, and water-proof fabric and probably get good results.

Some things you could consider spray painting with fabric paint include:

  • That old dingy or faded sofa/couch that looks multicolored, but isn’t
  • Bed linens
  • Decorative throw pillows
  • Decorative bath and kitchen towels
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Carpeting or area rugs
  • That thrift store or yard sale chair you just couldn’t resist grabbing to restore later
  • Dining room upholstered chairs or stools
  • Car upholstery
  • Boat interiors
  • T-shirts, jeans, or other clothing
  • Purses or totes

With a little of your own imagination and creativity, you can spray paint virtually any fabric and make it look like new again or make your own creations.

*Quick Tip: Don’t try to use a pastel or light-colored fabric spray paint to cover dark colors or patterns. You can use pastels (light blue, pink, yellow) on lighter colors like white, off-white, ecru, cream or the like, but pastels and light colors won’t cover black, navy, red, or bright and dark colored upholstered furniture.

Written by Jason Wise

Hi! I’m Jason. I tend to gravitate towards business and technology topics, with a deep interest in social media, privacy and crypto. I enjoy testing and reviewing products, so you’ll see a lot of that by me here on EarthWeb.