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Painting a Couch With Chalk Paint

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When a friend sent me a text asking me if I wanted her big, "loved" brown couch from her playroom I was thrilled! Finally a chance to try painting upholstery. Something I had seen all over the internet for chairs but not so much for couches.
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Why not I thought?
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First step is to spray down the first area you are going to paint. I did the couch in sections (for ex: one cushion at a time) so that the water wouldn't dry out by the time I got to it.
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Next step is to mix up some DIY Chalk Paint made of latex paint, calcium carbonate, and water. Exact formula found at the link below.
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Using a round brush, brush on the paint in fast, short, circular strokes. This is the couch after one coat of paint.
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Let it dry and wet the couch down again before applying the second coat the same way as the first coat. Photo after two coats of paint
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Again let dry (2-4 hours depending on humidity) and follow the same step again of dampening with water and painting. Photo shows after 3rd coat of paint. Arrows indicate few areas where a touch up fourth coat of paint is needed.
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After you let it dry, comes the most important step! Time to sand, sand, and sand some more. I sanded with fine grit sand paper until the couch was no long rough to the touch.
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Big difference from the old brown couch, right? It certainly took some time but was well worth it! The texture of the couch is stiff much like a leather couch but not rough at all.
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For further information on this project see link below!

To see more: http://providenthomedesign.com/2015/01/18/paint-couch-diy-chalk-paint/

  • Crystal
    Crystal Birmingham, AL

    I'm about to try and fabric paint some light shades. Does all fabric need to be damp before you put the chalk paint on? Regardless of size?

    • Annie Doherty

      Hi Crystal I too have been painting fabric lampshades for years, never considered furniture but hey ho why not? It works perfectly on lamp shades, I did wax some off mine and it does finish them of nucely and they look great. However I haven't waxed

  • Cathywelsh63

    I have worked with chalk paint on a number if pieces. I always wax over so the paint won't come off. Didn't the paint come off on your clothing?

  • Evon Ward

    I just started painting my microsuede recliner, and after one coat it looks just like Crystal's picture of her couch at one coat. Thanks, Crystal, for letting me know that so far I'm not doing it wrong!

  • Crystal gene nicholas

    Just loved this couch painting idea. Calcium Carbonate, hmm. Is this known by another name, like bicarbonate of soda is the same as baking soda? Here in Italy I have difficulty finding the Italian equivalent of many common paints, additives, etc.

    • Jan
      Jan Italy

      Ciao, Crystal. Calcium carbonate is carbonato di calcio. I did a search of Leroy Merlin's website to see if they had anything listed, but no luck. I thought I'd ask my local ferramenta for that, & also at the farmacia, because sometimes chemicals are

  • Pamela Milligan

    My sofa is a large colorful print. Will this technique work on a design?

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