I admit, I’ve been skeptical about painting fabric to change up the color of a piece of furniture, but I think today’s first Before & After from Stella Poore of Mon Petit Studio may have changed my mind. Having snagged this incredible sofa for only $25, Stella decided to take the plunge and paint it black to achieve a nice modern/classic style mix. She was equally dubious, but after sourcing a list of materials online from Fabric Bliss, she decided to give it a try. The results look amazing — so much more luxurious than I would have guessed — and apparently the sofa feels great, too. For such a low price, Stella has scored an incredible statement piece that fits perfectly with her decor. Amazing job, Stella! — Kate
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Time: From start to finish: 2 days. Day one: We spent about 1 hour cleaning any dirt and debris off the sofa, 2 hours carefully taping off all the trim, and then we painted the sofa itself and one side of the cushions with one coat of paint, which took about 3 hours with two of us. Day two: We painted to opposite sides of the cushions, took care of any missed spots on the sofa, and removed the tape. That took about 1 hour. About 7 hours total.
Cost: Cheap, cheap, cheap. We bought the couch for $25. Two quarts of black paint cost us about $17. Four bottles of textile medium from Michaels (Delta Ceramcoat Brand), about $25. Two bottles per quart were used. Three standard 1″ and 2″ bristle brushes, about $10. One roll of blue painter’s tape, about $5. Total (including the sofa itself): $82
Basic Steps: We first cleaned it off REALLY well, removing any dirt and debris from all the nooks and crannies and tufting. Then, we taped off all the trim. Taping probably took the longest but was also a very important step to achieving a clean result. Then, we painted! We started with the hard part: the tufting on the sofa itself and then moved on to the rest of the sofa and finally the cushions. We tried to follow the grain of the fabric while brushing on our paint and made sure to spread it as evenly as we could.
I think it’s really all in the prep work. If we had not taken the time to thoroughly clean out all the little folds in the tufting and taped off all the gorgeous original trim, I’m pretty sure it would not have come out so clean. Also, the paint tightens the fabric a bit (which I LOVE due to the already very tailored look of this sofa), but it’s important to keep that in mind. The texture feels pretty much like the screen-printed part of a t-shirt. The best part? It’s super resistant to spills and dog hair! — Stella