painting your couch???

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I inherited a fabulous modified wing chair that was done in a crewel fabric. After having it for a year, my dogs managed to do a job on it. I painted it black with white legs – looks quite modern/deco. I did not use any special paint…just an acrylic from Home depot. It is rather stiff but it works because it acts as a barrier against doggie claws and dirt. I hear that if you mix a fabric medium with the paint and do thin layers, it comes ouyt soft. No one but the dogs sits in our chair, so it didnt matter – lol.

We ended up painting the walls a grey color and doing the room and black, white and teal. It was mostly to keep the room as doggie proof as possible and becasue we have a balck leather couch which has proven to be indestructable.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We painted a humpback couch. Like the PP, its not soft. We used fabric medium and sanded with a fine grit between coats. It was a massive undertaking. It looks great, but its not at all practical for everyday use in the living room. It is water repellant and we have it on our patio as part of our outdoor seating. I love that it makes our seating area look as nice as the inside of our house (instead of plastic lawn furniture), and you can wipe it down with a wet rag, but I would loathe it as my every day couch. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

michaels has a spray that is supposed to be soft.  I wouls assume a ready made slipcover is out of the questions since it wouldnt allow reclining and they probably dont make one that fits correctly 🙁 

how about painting it, then using a coordinating throw over it to makeit soft for sitting? mine was not a huge undertaking at all. I did the first coat with a slightly watery mixture and the second coat in straight paint right out of the can. It took me two days but that was because I had to allow the first coat to dry.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

KateriPetrie:  Wouldn’t recommend for everyday use as it’s not soft and fabric feeling after you paint it. What about reupholstering it?

Post # 7
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6880 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

KateriPetrie:  No worries. You could also try to find a good cover at BB&B or the like – I have an old pleather sofa that has a giant rip down the cushion that I paid $10 for, bought a $50 velvety cover from BB&B that fits perfectly, and have gotten 5+ years of use out of it!

Post # 8
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695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I just wanted to say I’m a fan of throwing a throw blanket in your color scheme on it with a pillow or two.  Not a fan of painting cushions.  They used to paint cushions all the time on that show ‘trading spaces.’

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

chica95110:  remember when Hildi painted that couple’s couch a BRIGHT pink? They were drying it outside and it rained? The ended up buying the couple a brand new couch. Thyat must have been 15 years ago or so 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

here is the balck chair I painted with a sheepskin on it. These are organix, non-dyed sheepskins that our farm sells. I got them as a gift for helping with lambing but I think you can find inexpensive ones on ebay, etc.  It does make the chair really soft and plushy, but you have to like the “organic” shape of it…almost impossible to make it look “perfect” on the chair.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

ponyrider:  I totally remember that.  What the hell was she thinking.  I never liked her.  One time on a TV interview they showed her house and it was all white!  All of the walls and furnature.  But, she would totally mess with everyone elses house!  One time she put sand on the floor inside someones house instead of carpet!  I used to love that show.  Now some of the shows are on u-tube so I still watch them.  

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