So...someone gave me a couch. The couch was in perfect shape, it was comfy and well made but it was U.G.L.Y. I thought about slipcovers but honestly I have not had a great experience in the past with them, they seem to never look exactly right and never stay in place and I wasn't about to have such an old couch reupholstered. So where did that leave me? Paint! I googled and found that yes it was possible to paint a couch and the best part was that it looked fairly easy and cheap. So, on a Saturday I decided to give it a try, the couch certainly couldn't look any worse.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy
It was actually very easy and only took around 3 hours total. I used normal Flat Latex Paint (Lowe's) mixed with Textile Medium (from Hobby Lobby - don't forget your coupon!). I used a mix of 1/3 Textile Medium to 2/3 Latex Paint. In the future I would use 1/2 & 1/2 mixture to give the material a little more flexibility. I used less than 1/2 gallon of paint for the whole couch. Make sure you spray the material down with water before starting to paint, the water will keep the paint from absorbing too quickly.
I love the final product. The couch was a little stiffer than leather for around a month or so, but once it was worn in a little it became super comfy. I have had it as our main couch for around 2 years with no issues. Best part - it's water resistant! If you spill something it bubbles up on top and you can just wipe off.
Have you ever painted fabric furniture? If so, how did it turn out? I would love to see pictures!
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