Restoring An Old Recliner

I have an old recliner that nothing is wrong with it….not threadbare or anything….just the wrong color. Can I use fabric paint to paint this recliner?
Also where can I buy fabric paint that is larger than 8ozs. ? Maybe ½ gallon or gallon sizes? Thank you for your help. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dear Linda,
You can try painting your chair. You will need to experiment a bit to see if you like the products. Remember, most fabric paints are a sort of plastic, so they have a plastic-y stiffness and feel.
Dharma Trading Co carries a variety of fabric paints that do their best to avoid that stiffness thing. Most of these have to be heat-set to make them permanent. Heat setting can be done with an iron – I don’t think a hair dryer is hot enough. Get a catalogue from www.dharmatrading.com and read through all their fabric dye and paint products.
A quick perusal through the Dharma catalog this morning turned up one kind of fabric paint available in 32 oz jars (this one has to be heat set). There are a few others that don’t require heat-set, but they come in smaller containers.
This is going to be a big project. I would suggest slip covers unless you really want to experiment. Remember, there are a lot of chairs in the world and somewhere there is the perfect one for you, perhaps without all this effort.
Have fun,

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