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Vintage Couch Makeover!!

I purchased this old awesome vintage couch for $100 and painted the fabric. I took Annie Sloan Duck Egg originally and diluted it with a equal paint and water mixture. I changed the color after one cushion but kept the 50/50 mixture the same. The key to keeping the fabric from cracking is to keep the fabric moist with every coat of paint. With the original fabric being this dark green it took about 5 coats but so worth it!! After the first 2 or 3 coats I reduced the amount of water but I think partly because I was getting overly anxious to see the end result. Once all the paint was done I took a 400 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the fabric and sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax.
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The darker the fabric is the longer it will take to fully cover. This process takes time and letting it dry in between coats is crucial but the end result is awesome!!!
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keep the fabric moist by keeping a spray bottle on hand. If the paint does not move easily the water will help.

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  • Joycehires01
    on Apr 14, 2017

    I painted a chair with fabric paint , it is about z10 years old and looks great and feels good

  • EllieBellie
    EllieBellie Danbury, CT
    on Apr 20, 2017

    I have an old couch in the cellar that looks like the one you painted. I am going to try this and will let you know (with a picture) how I make out. Thanks!

  • Sharon Clift-Douglas
    Sharon Clift-Douglas
    on Jun 22, 2017

    I wished I had see this before I tried this same thing. I watched so many YouTube videos even Annie Sloan ones and I was terrified to try it. I had a Hunter Green Wing Back Chair that only the legs were wood. I was going to paint it with Dove Grey which is very light. I started with 20 parts water and 1 part paint which was just like water and did nothing. Then I went to 10 parts water and 1 part paint with the same results. Next after many many hours of getting nowhere I decided to be braver and had the chair wet but not soaked and went with just the paint. I found that if I painted with the Annie Sloan brush using the side of it going straight down I was able to have a really nice coverage. If I had to much paint go on I had water right there that I could quickly correct it. I had received the chair for free so it was just my time and paint cost that I would have wasted if I ruined the chair. I love the chair and it turned out amazing. Yes the fabric changes a bit but it isn't stiff nor does it crack. It is very comfortable to sit on and looks perfect in the room I wanted it for. I am so glad I tried this and will continue to try it on other fabrics. Be brave and go for it everyone. You will not regret it! Just a suggestion as you don't want to soak the fabric when you are doing cushions if you can unzip the cushions put wax paper inside between the stuffing and the fabric which keeps the stuffing from getting too wet and taking a long time to dry out.

  • Susan Scheer
    Susan Scheer
    on Aug 6, 2017

    How about leathe? Anybody have any experience dyeing or painting leather furniture?

  • Fartingquailranch
    on Aug 12, 2017

    You can do the same thing with fabric paint, buy it online in larger bottles... the big BENEFIT is that the paint remains pliable and won't crack

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