How to Paint Fabric or Vinyl using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints

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How to Paint Fabric or Vinyl using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints. 

Update!  Since publishing this post I only use Debi’s Design Diary D

IY Paint.  The paint is 100% Natural Clay Based, there is NOTHING else like it on the market.  It is like painting with liquid velvet.  Made int the USA, it is the most fun you can have with a paint brush and a can.  Truly.  For more info, check my side bar!

It’s another Trash Tuesday…well technically it’s Wednesday or Thursday, but so what.  Look what I found in the TRASH!

Of course, that was the after.  And the Poufs, well, those I made over a while ago.  You can read all about how to paint vinyl HERE and HERE.

This post is all about how to paint fabric.  Especially fabric that was attached to something you pulled out of a dumpster.   The best kind!

This is what I started with.  Not bad!

I knew I wanted it to be a rich Peacock Blue color.  I am IN LOVE with this color and it may be showing up more and more in my house.

It took a little experimenting, but this is the winning combination I came up with.

In plain speak, that would be equal parts CeCe Caldwell’s Thomasville Teal, Newport Navy and 1 part or more (depending on your peacock) Emerald Isle.

Results will vary when painting fabric, Vinyl or Leather, but my experience so far (and I will try the paint on everything) has been 100% success.  CeCe Caldwell’s paints are 100% Natural, made of Chalk and 2 kinds of clay, plus pigments.  Because there is no Latex or Acrylic, you don’t get that “crunchy” feel when you paint fabric.  It works almost like a fabric dye.  There is no give, so it won’t crack, peel or wear off.

Did you know CeCe Caldwell’s has 36 rich, beautiful colors and you can make virtually any color out of any of those colors.  In fact, 6 of them are retiring and 6 new ones are arriving soon.  I LOVE that they are always innovating and improving.

The legs on my trashy stool are metal.  They were sort of disco glam era gold.  70’s Style Gold Glam is not my style, at least not in my home decor, (my one piece unitard I wear on special occasions is a different story….)

I painted the legs with 1 coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate.  Once it was dry, I went over the legs with  CeCe Caldwell’s Waxing Cream..  You read that right.  100% Natural.  There is just a lovely scent to it, no chemicals.  While the wax was still wet, I pounced in CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Dust to give “age” to the details.

The entire project took less than an hour, and about a couple hours for the paint to dry. That’s it!

My CeCe Caldwell’s Peacock Painted Stool is now for sale at Big Al’s Heavy Metal Furniture in Brentwood, CA.  And, oh hey, guess what?  CeCe Caldwell’s Paints are for sale at Big Al’s too!  If you are a local, a stop by there is a must.  You can dream it, Al will build it.

The next time you come across some old ugly upholstered, vinyl or leather thing, that doesn’t smell.  Grab it.  You don’t necessarily need to reupholster it, try your hand at painting it with CeCe Caldwell’s first.

And that’s it for this week’s piece of trash.  

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  1. The Summer Kitchen Gilrs

    We still have our doubts about painting furniture…however you are making a strong case for it 🙂 Those stools are terribly cute!!!

  2. Berni Cope

    Do you wax after the furniture is painted?

    • GTC

      Hi Berni, you can wax fabric, it has a soft feel like leather. I would only recommend this for pieces that are not going to be used often. When painting fabric, leather or vinyl, I prefer CeCe Caldwell’s 100% Natural Satin Finish or all natural Endurance Finish. Both are brush on coats and provide excellent sealing.

  3. Catherine

    Oh there you are!
    I’ve missed seeing your posts drop into my inbox- :’ (
    I see you’re still finding amazing things in the garbage–and I’m still jealous of your luck!

    • GTC

      LOL! I am still here! Hopefully you will be seeing me a little more this year. I have had to stop looking for a while, but somehow, junk just finds me!

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  6. Gene

    Question…what would be the best paint to use on vinyl seats and leather seats that are used often?

    • GTC

      Hi Gene, I used DIY Paint pretty much exclusively. It has a Clay Base and adheres to any surface, plus with no latex or acrylic, it won’t crack. I recently used it on a vinyl Ottoman and it has held up perfectly. You can click the link in my side bar if you would like to know more 🙂


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