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Painted Upholstered Sofa

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I painted my upholstered sofa! I had originally intended to reupholster my sofa. But when I realized that this sofa wasn't exactly what I wanted long term for my living room (and I don't yet have the money to replace it with a new sofa), I decided to take a much easier and MUCH cheaper route and paint it.
It took me two days, and cost just over $60. The painted sofa feels very much like thick outdoor canvas or duck cloth. Although it's no longer soft like upholstery fabric, It's not uncomfortable to sit on. And because I used lots of fabric medium added to the paint, it won't crack or peel. It's a great solution for an ugly sofa that you're not quite ready to replace.

To see more: http://www.addicted2decorating.com/i-painted-my-sofa-before-after.html

  • Loretta
    Loretta Regina, KY
    on Mar 9, 2014

    Did you use paint for fabric?

    • Julie C
      Julie C Alexandria, MN
      on Mar 10, 2014

      @Linda Shafer "The painted sofa feels very much like thick outdoor canvas or duck cloth. Although it's no longer soft like upholstery fabric, It's not uncomfortable to sit on."

  • Kara Spurlock
    Kara Spurlock Huntington, WV
    on Mar 9, 2014

    Kristi, looks great! I painted fabric cushions on a chair. But I finished it off with finishing wax and a good buffing! It made it softer and more "plyAble " . Very comfortable. :)

  • Bobbi Perreault
    Bobbi Perreault Glencoe, MN
    on Mar 10, 2014

    Good ideas here. Fabric medium, finishing wax. I have some ghastly red floral print custom made curtains that might be a good candidate for this treatment. They're velour though....

    • Michela Shoemaker
      Michela Shoemaker Phoenix, AZ
      on Mar 10, 2014

      @Bobbi Perreault I'm in the process of dying a vintage velour couch and chair. Not done yet but so far very pleased with the results. I see no reason you could not do your curtains.

  • Drought Smart Plants
    Drought Smart Plants Canada
    on Mar 10, 2014

    Wow, excellent way to repurpose an otherwise hopelessly dated couch.

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Mar 10, 2014

    Incredible result. I would not have the courage.

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