How to Make an Ottoman with a Spray Painted Design

Transform your fabric from boring to beautiful using fabric spray paint and painter’s tape to create a unique design. Find out how with this project where I mask and paint an ottoman. I’ll also add additional padding to make it more plush. This masking and painting technique can be used on many other pieces of furniture and on other surfaces, like wood.

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Materials

Spray Painted Ottoman Materials

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Instructions

Step 1: Mask off the fabric

The first step is masking off a design with the painter’s tape. A geometric design with straight lines works well. You could also use a stencil to make your design.

For this design, mark the center of the sides with pins. Use tape to create a large diamond with the points centered in the middle of each side. Use an exacto knife to cut clean edges.

Then make another diamond in the center. You can use scraps of tape as spacers. Again cut off the excess with the exacto knife.

Next lay down a strip of tape from each corner. Cut out the tape in the center of the small diamond. Finally, clean up the corners to line up with the seams. Repeat this design on all fours sides of the ottoman.


Step 2: Spray paint

The next step is spray painting the ottoman with Rust-Oleum Fabric and Vinyl spray paint. As always with spray painting, work in a well-ventilated area.

Start by spraying the legs. They’ll be visible when the ottoman’s finished. Then spray several even coats on the fabric. Make sure your coats aren’t too thick or else the paint will pool on the tape and drip. It took two coats to cover the fabric evenly.

After the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape, then take off the fabric cover.


Step 3: Add padding

Measure around the ottoman and add at least 4 inches. I’m cutting the padding to be about 64 inches. Fold the dacron wrap in half. It happens that this makes it the right size for the height of the ottoman, but you may have to cut it to size.

Staple the ends of the batting to the frame, then tuck in any excess. Add more staples to hold the batting in place.


Step 4: Attach the fabric cover

To attach the cover, pull the fabric over the padding. Tear off extra padding and stuff it into the corners until they’re filled out.

Turn the ottoman onto its side and staple the edges of the cover to the inside of the ottoman. Work from the middle of each side out and tuck the fabric under at the corners. Finally, hammer down the staples, and the spray painted ottoman is done.


Create your own design with Rust-Oleum Fabric & Vinyl Spray Paint.