How to Paint Velour Upholstery Fabric (Upcycled Armchair)

Learn how to update an old chair by painting velour or velvet fabric instead of reupholstering! Easier and cheaper than you think!


– Paint of your choice (mineral paint or chalk paint) – Rub n Buff in your chosen colour – Water

Step 1: Add water (and paint!)

I first wet the fabric with water using a spray bottle to ensure that all the fabric was wet.

Step 2: Paint the Wood

Whilst the first coat was drying I painted the wooden parts of the chair, it had 2 coats of undiluted paint.

Step 3: Sand and Repeat

Once the first coat was fully dry I lightly sanded the roughness off the top with a sanding sponge where the paint was sitting on the pile of the fabric.

Step 4: Sand and retouch

I left the second coat to dry for several hours then gave it a further light sanding to remove any crispiness.

Step 5: Have a seat

I absolutely love it and it was super cost-effective as it used up such a small amount of paint.