$40 Couch Flip With Rustoleum Chalk Paint

2 Materials
$56
8 Hours
Easy
I have always wanted to try to paint a piece of furniture with chalk paint. I did this couch out of necessity. It took me about 8 hours. I have 2 beautiful labs who love to snuggle up while we're watching T.V. This is my third couch and the boys are only 4! No more new couches!
I started by giving it a good vacuum. It was very sunny today so my son and I brought it outside. I lay the tarp because it can get a little messy as the paint is diluted.
I began by mixing Rustoleum's cocoa chalk paint with water - 1/2 paint to 1/2 water ratio and applied with a regular brush using vertical strokes that followed the pattern in the fabric. The chalk paint is about $28 here in Canada at the Home Depot, it's probably much cheaper in the States. The entire couch took 2 cans to complete. I was amazed at what great coverage this product has!
Once the chalk paint was dry, I did a gentle sanding. Most chalk paints want you to apply a wax finish as this one did. I didn't want wax issues with my puppy fur. I used 5 cans of Minwax Polycrylic spray to seal the chalk paint. I waited an hour between coats. I just love the end result. It is a little rough as I probably could have sanded more but because the couch was worn I didn't want to damage the fabric. The boys haven't sat on it yet as they don't care for its new smell.
The boys.

Suggested materials:

  • Rustoleum Chalk Paint x 2   (Home Depot)
  • 5 cans of Minwax Polycrylic   (Home Depot)

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  • Dianne Carless Dianne Carless on Jan 17, 2019

    Did you only use one coat of chalk paint?

  • Melissa Melissa on Sep 24, 2020

    Did it smell like paint when finished?

  • Melissa Melissa on Sep 24, 2020

    How has it held up since painting it a few years ago?

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