Good Questions: Change the Color of this Fabric?

Good Questions: Change the Color of this Fabric?

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 13, 2007

Hello AT,

I have a built-in closet in my home office, which is made of painted wood and panels covered with thick fabric (similar to burlap/hessian cloth).

It looks quite funky, but unfortunately completely clashes with the rest of my office decor.

What I would like to do is keep the existing closet and only change the color of the fabric, but I'm not sure how to proceed. So my question is: How would you do it? I'm thinking of maybe just painting the fabric, but I'm not sure what kind of paint to use and if it would look good. Thanks! Melanie

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Dear Melanie,

The best thing would be to take off the fabric and put on a new fabric cover. Can you do it? If these are doors with the fabric wrapped around, it should be possible and the result would be far better than painting or anything like that.

Barring that, you could try a light whitewash that would veil the pattern but not be crusty and solid on top. We would try mixing some latex paint with water and testing a corner or some out of the way place. Test until it works and then go for it.

Anyone else?

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