How to Paint Crushed Velvet Furniture

Learn how to paint velvet furniture!

By: Jennifer Allwood from
How to Paint Crushed Velvet Furniture
How to Paint Crushed Velvet Furniture
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Do you have a piece of furniture that you don't quite like the look of but can't bring yourself to part with? You should try painting it by following this How to Paint Crushed Velvet Furniture tutorial. You probably didn't know that you could paint velvet or other fabrics, but indeed you can. Learning how to paint velvet is so easy with this step-by-step tutorial to help you along. You can transform a furniture piece from an eye-sore to your best piece with this furniture painting tutorial.

Note from the designer: "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!"

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteWeekend project


Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


Materials List

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


DIY Project Instructions

  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!

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I never would have thought to do this! I have this old crushed velvet chair that looks similar to the one in this picture. My great grandma gave it to me, and it's this really bright, ugly red color. I'm going to give this a try and make it match my living room!!

I love the color on this chair! Who knew you could paint velvet? I'll have to keep this in mind if I ever own anything that's velvet.

Whoa! I wouldn't have even thought of painting a chair. That certainly changes the style.

I'd like to try this out to see if it works.

This seems it would be a fun project! I like the idea of putting a funky spin on classic furniture.


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