Can You Spray Paint Outdoor Cushions? (Complete DIY Guide)

As summer approaches, it can be incredibly fulfilling to revamp your outdoor space so it is ready for entertaining. However, the expenses can rack up quickly; DIY-ing parts yourself rather than replacing them outright can help with costs.

Can you spray paint outdoors cushions to upgrade it as new cushions? We dive into our tips below. 

Yes it is possible for you to spray paint outdoor cushions but care must be taken when doing so.

Spray paint is a type of paint that is in a sealed pressurized can; you press down on a nozzle to apply the paint in a spray. This method to paint patio cushions creates a smooth thin layer of paint that dries quickly and evenly. 

Spray paint is well-known for being much more portable and easier to use than its rollable tin paint counterparts.

You can find them in a variety of paint types, colors, and finishes to use in murals, DIY, and art pieces. You can even find outdoor fabric spray paints that can work on outdoor cushions. 

People tend to spray paint patio cushions for a variety of reasons, including: 

  • People paint patio cushions to update the look of the cushions or furniture
  • Bringing life back to sun-faded colors
  • Save money on revamping their outdoor patio set
  • They like the shape but not the color of their existing cushions
  • There are no other modern cushions that fit their patio set and patio furniture
  • They are not adept at sewing and cannot make new cushions

Using regular spray paint is an excellent option for those who have two to four cushions they want to upgrade. Spray paint is cost-effective and easy to use, making them perfect for smaller cushions or projects. Any more than six small cushions could be pushing the budget and see you needing tin paint instead. 

When choosing your spray paint, it is vital that you get the right kind. For example, if you can get fabric paint or even waterproof outdoor fabric spray paint, that would be best. Alternatively, the right color fabric spray paint and a spray paint waterproof top coat could help.  

When painting, you may need to use two to five layers of paint evenly. Make sure to let the paint dry properly between coats (first coat and top coat)to ensure you do not ruin the job.

If you prefer a softer cushion, we recommend scrubbing each layer with steel wool and vacuuming it to soften it. Your cushion will never be as cushions soft as before, but it does help. 

Once your spray painted job is done, you may need to top it up over time, especially if your pets tend to lie on or scratch the spray painted outdoor cushions. 

Can You Spray Paint Outdoor Cushions?

Can you spray paint fabric cushions? 

Yes, you can spray paint fabric outdoor cushions. Follow our tricks above alongside our method of outdoor fabric spray paint, and you should have a lovely set before the weekend's end. 

Can I spray paint canvas pool cushions? 

It should be possible to spray paint your canvas pool cushions. We recommend finding canvas spray paint and a waterproof coating for maximum efficiency. 

How To Spray Paint Outdoor Cushions (DIY Guide) 


  • Cushion/s 
  • Scrub brush 
  • Mop bucket 
  • Hot, soapy water in a bucket 
  • Steel wool 
  • Spray paint/s 
  • Paper towels  and fine grit sandpaper
  • Drop cloths/newspapers 
  • Protective clothing, gloves, and face wear 
  • Hose with a jet nozzle 
  • Decals (optional) 
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Dish soap 


  • 1
    Gather your materials and choose a well-ventilated area.
  • 2
    Set up and gear up with protective gear like wear gloves.
  • 3
    Dip your scrub brush in the hot soapy water and scrub your cushions as best as you can. Cleaning them before painting will help you get a smooth, even paint job.
  • 4
    Hose down the cushions thoroughly and leave them to dry.
  • 5
    Once the first coat of cushions are completely dry, gear up again with protective gear and lay down drop cloth and newspapers.
  • 6
    Spray paint at least two layers onto each side of the cushion. Make sure to get right into the edging and other parts. 
  • 7
    Leave each layer to dry completely before moving on.
  • 8
    If necessary, use decals and painter’s tape to make patterns.
  • 9
    Scrub each layer once dry with steel wool for a softer final look, vacuuming thoroughly afterward to ensure no fragments get in the paint.
  • 10
    To use regular latex paint on outdoor fabrics, it must be mixed with fabric medium.
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Benefits Of Spray-Painting Outdoor Cushions 

As we briefly discussed above, there are plenty of benefits to spray painting small outdoor cushions, including: 

  • Less costly than replacement cushions  
  • Easy and quick DIY project 
  • A great finish for little effort 
  • Better for the environment by preventing items from entering landfill 
  • Much easier to carry than large tin cans 
  • Can be completed over a weekend 
  • Lots of bright paint colors in various finishes and types 

No matter your painting experience, it is easy to pick up a paint can and get started. If this project sounds perfect for helping you prep for summer, we encourage you to get started. 

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Which Spray Paint Brands To Use For Painting Outdoor Cushions?

There are plenty of excellent brands and paints to choose from, but we recommend Rustoleum patio cushion paint and Krylon spray paint to paint patio cushions alongside Valspar paints.

Once you know that you are going to spend a couple of days revamping your outdoor cushions, you need to know what paint is best for the job. 

These can be easily bought on sites like Amazon or at your local DIY or art store. No matter which you choose, it is vital to read the product description and customer reviews carefully to ensure that your chosen paints are the right ones for you. 

Spray Painting Outdoor Cushion FAQs

Can you paint outdoor cushions with regular tin paint? 

If you have paint that works well on the fabric your cushions are made of, then use that. In general, spray paints are best for smaller projects and tin ones are best for larger ones. Be careful not to make the layers too thick, or the finish may not be as good.

Can I use chalk paint on outdoor cushions? 

It is possible to use chalk paint on certain cushion fabric types. If you already own the paint type, color, and finish you want, it is better to use what you already have in your garage than buy all-new stuff. 

How do you seal paint and waterproof on outdoor cushions? 

Some outdoor paints can seal themselves, but there are other ways if they do not. You can purchase cans of spray paint, buy seam sealers, or apply pure beeswax to your items to help protect them from the elements. 


Finding and using the right spray paint to paint outdoor fabric and outdoor furniture cushions, patio umbrellas is easier than you would think once you have the know-how.

We recommend following our tips and tricks above and following proper safety procedures while painting your furniture. Have fun and enjoy your bright cushions for many summers to come. The cushions will turned out great!