This post contains some affiliate links.
Paint Fabric!!!!! Paint Fabric you say? Don’t ever be afraid to paint fabric. I figure it this way, when I paint I get it all over me. The paint never, ever comes out of my clothes. Through multiple washings it is still there. When I have something on, other than my paint clothes and I’ll just do one quick thing. Oh yeah I end up with a little drop of paint on my shirt and it doesn’t come out.
You can paint upholstery, but this post isn’t about painting upholstery today. The point of this story is about painting the fabric around this frame.
I really love art, remember I attended art school. So when I go on the hunt for trash and treasures I always keep a look out for original artwork. I picked up this little oil painting for a good price. I was drawn to the frame and the painting. But the gold fabric in the frame had to go.
I felt the fabric should be the color of the sky in the landscape. I told myself, “Don’t be afraid to paint the fabric. It is an ugly gold and needs to go”. I mixed up the DIY chalk paint but made it thinner than normal. When I paint upholstery, I spray it with water but certainly couldn’t do that on this project.
I chose a color that picks up the color of the sky in the painting. I didn’t even tape it off. I kept a dampish paper towel near and if I got a little bit of paint on the frame I wiped it up. After one coat of paint I liked the frame much better. Remember the fabric will absorb the paint so I knew I would be painting it more than one time.
When I was waiting for the paint to dry and stepped out of the garage and saw this. I had to share it with you.
I did end up painting the fabric multiple times. I just kept painting until the gold disappeared. With the first coat of paint, it became green. Remember, yellow and blue make green. I kept painting and painting, then the fabric was a light blue, pretty but it needed to be toned down a bit.
So to make the fabric color blend in more with the tones in the painting I mixed a little of yellow with a little of the blue. Better but still needed to be more neutral. I went back over it with a more grayed blue and then a grayed yellow. Don’t be afraid, it is only paint.
I also waxed the frame and freshened it up with Rub N Buff. When I finally got the color of the fabric right, it was time to wax the fabric. I considered waxing it with dark wax but didn’t need to. As I was using the Rub N’ Buff around the frame, I got some flecks on the fabric. When I used the clear wax on the fabric it blended in and aged the fabric. I like this so much better than the original gold color. I may even keep it around the house for a while instead of taking it to Shoppe No. 5. What do you think I should do?
Affiliate links may be contained in this post. That means if you click on one of those links, I will receive a small commission. You won’t be paying a cent more but it just means I will make a little money for your purchase. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.