Nancy and I just painted the upholstery on this gorgeous chesterfield sofa in the same home that we transformed a dining set, that you can see here. Our clients recently purchsed this brand new, home and decided to reuse the furniture they had, so they hired us to make their pieces fit in their stylish, new space.
The shape and tufting of this chesterfield sofa are lovely and we were happy that they wanted to salvage it, rather than purchase a new couch.
The microfiber upholstery was well-worn and stained from years of use by three small children.
The beige upholstery looked drab against the pale grey walls and they wanted a richer color. We mixed Primer Red, Graphite, and Florence Chalk Paint® together to create this deep plum hue.
The key to painting upholstery with Chalk Paint® is to first, mist the fabric lighty with water. It also helps to thin the paint with water before applying it and letting it dry thoroughly between coats. This ensures that you get even coverage that will soak into the fabric itself and not the material below it. Thinning the paint with water also prevents thick coats that dry crusty.
It took us at least three watered-down coats of paint to get this perfect coverage. This is what the sofa looked like after the paint and before we applied the wax.
Annie Sloan's Clear Wax really gave the upholstery a polished look and deepened the color.
The fabric now has the look and feel of a soft, supple leather.
This chesterfield looks luscious in the new, deep, chocolate-purple color. It is the perfect complement against the cocoa-colored hardwood floors and the pale, grey walls.
Check back next week to see their daughters' bedroom transformations!