How to Paint a Velvet Chair
We've researched and tested so you don't have to. We share steps and tips on how to seamlessly paint velvet. (Yes, it really does work!)
- velvet chair
- painter's tape
- chalk paint
- paint stirrer
- fine-grit sandpaper
- wet rag
- dry rag
- optional: blowdryer
Protect the Chair
Apply painter's tape to the parts of the chair you don't want painted.
Mix the Paint
Pour one part chalk paint to two parts water in a container. Mix the paint well until it's clump-free.
Apply the First Layer
Squeeze out excess paint from the paintbrush against the container. Apply long, thin strokes of paint from the back to the front of the velvet. Then, work the brush in circular motions to ensure you're covering the fibers in all directions. Set it in the sun to dry for at least an hour, or if you're impatient like us — use a blowdryer.
Soften the Fabric
Feel the fabric with your hand once the paint is dry. It will most likely feel stiff. Sand the velvet with fine-grit sandpaper to soften it.
Repeat the Process
Depending on your color choices, you may need to apply more coats. Repeat the steps above until you reach your desired look.
Touch Up Spots
We applied two coats of paint, but noticed a few spots that needed more paint. Repeat the process above, focusing only on the areas needed.
Remove the Loose Dust
Once the paint has dried and you're happy with the look, sweep a wet rag across the velvet to remove any loose dust. Follow that with a dry rag to make sure you got all the dust.
Let It Cure
Let the paint cure for 24 hours before removing the painter's tape.