Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 5

It’s time for my conclusions about Simply Spray’s upholstery paint.


We’re on the last week of the series.  Next week, we’ll have a giveaway for three cans of upholstery spray paint, so be sure to enter!

Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Painting a pillow
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
✓Week 5 – Conclusions

I did three projects using Simply Spray during this series.

1.  I painted one of the original pillows that went with my original painted chair.  As you can see, it turned out super well.   It didn’t really change the texture.  The pillow stayed soft.  The color, Caribbean Blue, was pretty close to my painted chair color.  Success!

Breakfast-067 Pillows-002

2.  I painted a faded pool umbrella.  This was a water resistant fabric.  Didn’t go super well, but also wasn’t a total fail.  After 6 coats, it covered decently.   It did take a lot of coats and the paint did tend to just roll right off since the fabric was not absorbent.  Simply Spray does not recommend painting on any fabric that is not absorbent.

Breakfast-086 Rugs-051

3.  I painted faded patio furniture.  This fabric was only slightly water resistant.  Again, not something they would recommend, but I wanted to know the boundaries of the product.

Yard-001 Patio-031

Simply Spray is certainly a valid product and a great alternative to my method.  However, it’s good to know a few things about it before you decide if it’s right for your project.

- Make sure your fabric is water absorbent.  It will take more paint, the less absorbent your fabric is and will not take as well.  See the post on the umbrella and patio furniture for more information.
- Cost.  While it’s way less than recovering a piece of furniture, even if you use 14 cans like I did on the patio furniture, it can get pricey if you are covering a large item or if the fabric isn’t taking well to it.  It costs about $11 a can.
- Test it out on an area that won’t be seen easily.  That way you can tell if you like the color, if it’s taking well and how it’s looking before getting to a point of no return.  Realize, though, that this spray paint will soak around to the other edges.  So, I’d test it on a pillow or somewhere that it will not matter or protect parts that you don’t want sprayed.
- Let it dry completely between coats.  It will take longer to dry on something like this that is not as absorbent.
- As stated in previous posts, it’s more of a dye.  Dark spots will continue to be dark, in my experience.  This method is not for covering anything.  Ideally, your fabric is nice and consistent with no stains, patterns or dark spots.
- If you spray too heavily, it will create fuzz balls.  So, again, test your method first.
- Try to use up the can as it can be ruined if you wait more than an hour in between.  I had to throw almost a whole can out due to the issue you see above.
- Make sure you are only going darker in color and not lighter.  It will NOT cover anything darker in color at all.

So, if it comes in a color you like and it makes sense, go for it!  It’s a great product overall.

- Non-toxic.  The smell is very mild.
- Easy to use.
- Doesn’t change texture of the fabric, if the fabric is absorbent.

Be ready to come back next Thursday and enter a giveaway for two cans of Simply Spray!



  1. Send info on spray cans

    • I’m sorry, I am not a salesperson for Simply Spray, nor have I been compensated for these posts. I am in no way affililated with them. But, if you were to go to their website, I’m sure you could contact them or get the information you need! Good luck!

  2. Do you know anyplace online that you can order the Textile Medium from? Sometimes when I am a hundred miles from a Michaels I can’t find any. Ann

  3. When you say ‘dye’…does that mean I won’t have much luck spraying a chocolate brown couch lime green? would you suggest instead of this product, your own painting furniture technique? The couch I am considering is for my photography business, not for my living room. What do you think?

  4. Hi I read your series on simple spray and I have to say, I thought it was really great and informative. I was wondering if you thought this paint would work on my laptop case/bag because they only had the bag in hot pink, purple, and black but I loved the design of the bag so much, I bought it in hot pink anyways. I’ve been researching ways to change the color and I wanted to buy simple spray navy blue to change my bag from hot pink to navy blue. The material of my bag is listed as being made of nylon. The bag is pretty soft, kinda made to be leather like. This is a link to my bag that I purchased off amazon.

    I really love this bag and any insight on how to change its color to navy blue or even black would be greatly appreciated ! Thank you and sorry if this takes up too much of your time.

    • LOVE that bag. I have a feeling that is too water resistant for it to work. Test it by putting a drop of water on the bag. If it soaks in well and fast, it should work (tape the part you don’t want painted off, of course. If it doesn’t soak in, it won’t work.

      • Thank you do much for taking a look at it for me ! I will definitely try the water test. If the bag is indeed too water resistant, do you know of any other method to change the bag’s color ?

  5. Hi. My problem is carpet. I have two bedrooms that have old stained carpet in them. Before I rip it out and live with sub-flooring for awhile, I’m wondering if you or any of your readers have tried painting carpet? I do not want to mess with dye…

    Love your blog and all your ideas!

    • Thanks! Great question. I don’t have any experience with that, but I know many out there have painted area rugs. So, I’d start by googling that and seeing how they did it and if anyone used this spray. The, go from there.

  6. I know it could be costly depending on the size of the project, but if someone used the spray product on an item and it was a fail, do you think your technique could be done over the spray?? Thanks

    • I think I’d figure what do you have to lose! I mean, if it’s already a fail. Just try it on the underside, a cushion or the back of the piece… see how it works. I think it’s worth a shot.

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