Painted Ikea Sectional

2 Materials
3 Days

I’ve always loved the look of faux leather sofa’s but couldn’t justify spending $4000+.

A while ago we purchased the ikea ektorp sectional and initially had white sofa covers which were dreamy but totally ridiculous with kids haha.

We then switched to grey slipcovers which worked better with kids but were kind of bland.

After looking online I saw a tutorial using paint and fabric softener to create a faux leather look, and wondered how it would work on Ikea canvas slipcovers.

So I didn’t have a wet couch with a toddler and a baby, I decided to paint the white slipcovers separately.

Well it worked and I am in LOVE!!!!!!

The grey looked nice but it was definitely time for a change. The nice thing about painting the extra white slipcovers, is that I still have the grey if I ever change my mind.

I started with the cushion covers and ended up stuffing them with cushions I had laying around.

Then I mixed up the magic ingredients. I used Fresh Baked Pumpernickel in Glidden Premier Paint. I ended up needing two cans to do the whole sectional in 2 coats.

As for the fabric softener, I used snuggle in original scent.

5 Tbsp softener in 2 cups of paint, stir until it rubberizes.

Once it turned to a rubber like consistency, I began brushing it on. I did a thick first coat.

Once the first coat dried, I did a second coat and then flipped it to begin the second side.

I found the first coat covered nicely but the texture wasn’t great. Once I did the second coat, it really did have the look and feel of faux leather.

I wanted to also staple gun the white slipcover up so that it looked a little more mid century.

I then painted the white slipcover on the couch. Again I did two coats.

This project was a little time consuming but I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s been about 6 weeks and it is holding up great. I have a busy toddler who likes to jump on the couch, a baby who has had accidents on the couch, and spills wipe up nicely with with a baby wipe.

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  • Rmc33983168 Rmc33983168 on Jun 13, 2022

    Can you do this on any material

  • IAsimov IAsimov on Jun 13, 2022

    How long is drying period?

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jun 13, 2022

    i can’t get over how great it turned out!! I’m excited to try this on an old chair that has meaning to me. It has a rustic leaf design print. It doesn’t have stains but it is very dingy from just sitting since my husband passed a few years ago. My concern is…do you think I need to get it cleaned first. Or could I just vacuum it well? Thank you for any advise!

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  • Jeanne Jeanne on Jun 13, 2022

    It looks really good! I like the slipcover stapled up like that. It does give it that MCM look. Nice work!

  • Acc24642655 Acc24642655 on Aug 02, 2022

    I used this method on a chair cushion fir a porch chair. The cushions were worn and dirty. I washed the surface without taking the cover off. After it was very dry I painted two coats with drying overnight between coats. Wonderful result. It looks brand new.