Anyhow, 2 weeks ago I spied a beautiful French provincial couch on Craig's list. It was clean and structurally sound but man, it was yellow!
I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed it.
And I needed to paint it.
Yes. Paint the couch.
I mean really... who paints a couch???
It was really pretty easy.
Add 1 part water to 3 parts paint (the stockist actually told me to use 20% water but I added too much by accident. It worked out OK though because my fabric was a little stubborn at times).
The damask was a little thick so I found it easier to use a rag and a bucket of warm water opposed to a spray bottle. It also saved my hand from squeezing the trigger a hundred times.
I could still see some color bleed through and honestly, I began to doubt that this would work.
I was starting to get nervous.
After all, once you paint 1/2 a couch you are kinda "all in".
It turns out that the issue was more of a coverage problem and a second coat eased all my worries.
- This project takes time. It took me about 10 hours to apply 2 coats of paint and wax the couch. This doesn't include drying times.
- I did notice that the couch felt rough (not hard) after the final painting. This issue was fixed after applying some Annie Sloan's soft wax just as you would to a hard surface.
- The couch may not feel as soft as it did originally, but it does seem to get softer with more use.
- Make sure you wait a day or 2 before sitting on it to make sure everything is set.
- AND FINALLY my dirty little secret... I ran out of paint! Please don't inspect the underside of my cushions until I buy some more French Linen chalk paint!
I finished it right in time for Thanksgiving!