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How I painted my couch with Colorantic products
Paint couch with Colorantic products
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 favourite Colorantic colour, for this makeover.
The Prep Work
Prepping the fabric is the first step. Using a water-filled spray bottle, spray the fabric until wet. This process softens the fibres. 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 based Paint depending on the type of fibre. 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.
Moist the fabric should with water using a fine mist spray bottle before applying the second coat.
If you are going from a dark to lighter colour fabric, you may need 4 to 5 coats. The number of coats may reduce if going from a light to a darker colour. These steps will repeat 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.
Émilie Coté“ Émilie had studied social work techniques and especially worked in the community environment with women, young people and the homeless. Quietly, she made connections between this work and her projects. In the field, by helping others overcome their difficulties, she showcased their ability to change their lives in a positive way. Each person, each object has its story. To reveal the full potential of a person in difficulty or a piece of furniture in need of love, it takes curiosity, perseverance, and creativity. »- Myriam Nickner-Hudon, blogger Web portal of the Saint-Sauveur district. The Nothing is Lost Workshop-Boutique - Meubles revalued is a place of exchange and sharing for DIY enthusiasts. People can come and get inspired, develop their ideas and learn more about DIY and decorating techniques. PRODUCTS & SERVICES: Revaluation of custom furniture Furniture upgrading and decorative object manufacturing workshops Distribution of Colorantic ™ chalk-based paint Eco-responsible and customizable craft accessories (handles and wall knobs) Local products on consignment For all information: [email protected] or 418-554-4865
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