Friday, September 19, 2014

The Painted Sofa

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!


Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I've been wanting to do something to our sofa that has tufted pillows. What did you use to apply the chalk paint? How did you get it into the grooves -- did you use a brush. I think this would be sooo much easier than reupholstering or even buying fabrid to cover.

Anonymous said...

You did an AMAZING job on that couch, just gorgeous!

Kay said...

Can you actually use the sofa to sit on or is it just decorative ?? It looks amazing

SydneyKathryn's said...

WOW! Speechless! I have seen other painted pieces, but this is by far the best!

I am curious, too, as to how it wears now...does the wax come off on clothing? Is there a "curing" time before it can be used?

I love the color, design, everything about it! You can certainly be proud of your work!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

That is simply CRAZY . . . in a GOOD way! I have a chair waiting to be painted -- just haven't been able to find the time but this inspires me. Hubby is not convinced this will work -- I'll have to show him this sofa! Beautiful, stunning job!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

wow! looks completely new!

Amanda said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog and for your nice comments! Yes, it does take some effort to get the paint in all the grooves. Using a small artist brush along with an Annie Sloan oval, natural bristle brush makes the task easier. The wax will not come off on the clothing once it is cured and it makes a nice finish that protects the paint and wipes clean.

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Tone said...

Whait, I`m confused! Did you just paint a sofa?? The results look many times bether then the original! I was`nt even sure what was the painted version; the white or the dark one. It`s the dark one, right? Well, this just blew my mind!! Thank!

Nancy said...

Poppie's is an handcrafted all repurposing paint powder to use for Chalk Paint. It is all natural, economical and allows the user to have an unlimited color palette. Painting with Poppie's is a joy according to our customers.

irisvillagegirl said...

How much paint did it take? I would love to try this!

AngieNYC said...

This is amazing! I came across it because I am looking for a Purple/Lavender tufted sofa and your paint job before the wax is exactly what I want! Can it be left at that stage as a purple sofa or are you required to coat it with wax? If it must be coated with wax, then is there a clear or a purple option? Thank you so much!

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Unknown said...

How did you mix your paint? I bought the colors you mixed and mine just looks gray. : (

Unknown said...

Hi! This looks amazing! I was wondering how safe it would be with a baby in the house, from the chemicals in the paint perspective?

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Carlo Cittadini said...

I'm obsessed with this couch!
I have a pleather Chesterfield that has been peeling away and needing some love for a while.. I would love to paint it exactly like this.
I am, although, really torn between chalk paint and mineral fusion paint, what is your opinion on the latter? which one do you recommend?
I am a painter so I am not intimidated by a lengthy process, and know the outcome is highly affected by how thorough the prep work is (wet sanding off the parts that are peeling, wiping the whole thing with alcohol to spot clean, many thin layers as opposed to fewer thick ones, etc..). I see online much more on chalk painted couches, yet I read Fusion is more durable, and has a stronger bind. On the other hand, since I am painting over cracks and missing pleather, the heavier bodied, more textured chalk paint might do a better job at levelling the patched areas than the smoother, thinner fusion..
It’s the only couch we have, which we sit on everyday, so flexibility of the paint and overtime resistance are a must. What do you advise?
Thank you for your time and help!

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