Paint fabric? With Colorantic products, it’s possible!
Émilie Côté, the artist from Rien ne se perd – Meubles revalorisés, was fortunate enough to find a couch that was begging to be upgraded. She shares her experience with us so that you can try your hand at painting fabric. Émilie chose Summer Garden, her favorite Colorantic colour, for this makeover.
The Prep Work
Prepping the fabric is the first step. Using a waterfilled spray bottle, spray the fabric until wet. This process softens the fibers. Soap can be added to the spray bottle if the fabric is dirty, but it must be rinsed and lightly dried.
Mixing the Products
For a piece the size of this couch, we recommended a 58oz jar of Translucent (clear) Window Glaze and a 32oz jar of Chalk-Based Paint. The recipe is simple: 1/3 glaze, 1/3 chalk-based paint and 1/3 water. Combine and mix well.
Painting the Fabric
To apply the glaze-paint-water mixture, Émilie used the XL Paint Brush. This brush has natural silk bristles and is excellent to for covering large areas. Apply a thin coat of the mixture evenly over the fabric. Let it dry until dry to the touch (about an hour or 2). To help reduce the drying time, you could paint your project outside (weather permitting of course).
The next coats use the same recipe, but with slightly less water. You may need more Glaze and Colorantic Chalk Paint depending on the type of fiber. The amount of Glaze and Chalk-Based Paint needed varies from fabric to fabric.
A light sanding with a two grain Sanding Block is recommended between each coat of the mixture.
The fabric should be moistened with water using a fine mist spray bottle before applying the second coat.
If you are going from a dark to a lighter colour fabric, 4 to 5 coats may be needed. The number of coats may be reduced if going from a light to a darker colour. These steps will need to be repeated 2 to 4 times depending on the project.
Once the last coat is dry, apply Natural Beeswax all over the painted fabric with a Wax Brush. We recommend using a round Wax Brush for this because a cloth will absorb too much of the wax. The brush is essential to make sure the wax is on your project, not lost in a cloth.
Lightly wipe off the wax with a damp cloth. This will help the wax to penetrate the fabric. Let it dry for 1 to 7 days.
The Colorantic™ team
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