Ugly Patio Cushions Revamped with Paint – Painting Fabric Furniture

Hi Friends,

I have just completed one of the easiest and instantly gratifying projects.  A few years ago we were gifted a cute “new to us” patio sectional sofa.  After almost 6 years of use, it was looking dingy and tired. Each spring I clean, scrub and do my best to give life to the cushions that have become pretty ugly.  In our new home we have separated the sectional into two separate  sofas for each our porches.  I have been itching to update the patio cushions on our bedroom porch, but did not want to spend the money on fabric for re-upholstering.  So, I decided to conduct an experiment and try painting fabric furniture cushions .

 Painting Fabric Furniture – The experiment

Ugly Patio Cushions Revamped with Paint before and after


The cushions have  stains and discoloration from use and weather.

Discoloration and ugly cushion


Painting outdoor cushions

I could have used fabric spray paint or fabric medium to add to my paint, but I didn’t. This project will be a complete experiment and  the worse that could happen is that I will have to recover the cushions with fabric.  Using interior latex paint  (that I already had from another project) I started my experiment. With a wet rag, I dampened the cushion fabric and applied paint with a paint brush. When the fabric is slightly wet, the fibers will absorb the pigment of the paint.  I put on an audio book and started painting the patio cushions.

painting cushions

I love the results. It is not going to win an award for the softest patio cushion, but it looks great. It feels like painted canvas and has been easy to spot clean. I will keep you posted with how it upholds in  the weather.

revamping out door cushion

the view

Now, I can relax and enjoy the view… for a few seconds at least.

XOXO Carmody

12 Responses to Ugly Patio Cushions Revamped with Paint – Painting Fabric Furniture

  1. cheryl May 15, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Love it

  2. BenigniM May 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    So is it comfortable or is the fabric stuff and scratchy?

  3. pamm November 2, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    What color did you use? I love it! I think if you had used a medium mixed into your paint, it would’ve come out softer. You can try sanding it softly. Great job!

    • carmody November 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      I used “Smokey Slate” by Behr….it is one of my favorites.

      • pamm November 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

        I only use Behr paint…love it!

  4. Shelly April 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    How fun! I have an old cozy chair and ottoman I want to do this to so they can go out on our upstairs master deck.How did they do through the different weather? Great job!

  5. LGA November 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    it’s been a year and a half. how is this holding up? Looking to do it if it’s getting along well!

    • brewannabe March 16, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

      I’m curios as well to the state they are in now.?

  6. Barbie March 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks for the idea I’m going to have to try it

  7. Sherry June 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Also following!!! How is it holding up??

  8. Lena October 28, 2019 at 12:09 am #

    I just did this to my old cushions… Watered down my latex paint until it was a stainlike consistency… Applied two coats… Was pretty stiff once dried. Then took a 220grit sandpaper to them all … that really softened them up. They look great… We’ll see how they hold up…. I will try adding a medium to my other set of cushions and see how they turn out.


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