How To Paint a Couch Properly Step-by-Step // Tips & Techniques

How To Paint a Couch Properly Step-by-Step // Tips & Techniques

Hey there! Lindsay here, the Frugal
Crafter, and today I’m gonna paint my couch. This couch has been at our house
for about a year it was my mother-in-law’s, but when she
moved into a memory care unit, she couldn’t have this big piece of
furniture and we were going to try to find a new home for it, but just about
the same time our couch that was only a couple years old the frame broke and we
took it apart and tried to fix it but it was all just cheap particle board, just
basically disposable furniture, and I don’t like disposable stuff,,so I thought
this thing is 30 years old, it’s going strong and the upholstery is in really
great shape, so I thought I would try painting it. And
I’m going to use a product called Fab and this is by our sponsor Heirloom
Traditions Paint and you can find them at heirloom traditions paint dot com and
basically what this stuff is, is a medium to use with chalk paint so that you can
paint your fabric, and it will still feel like fabric, it won’t be crunchy, so you can get this all in one by itself, and this isn’t a very
heavily patterned piece, so I could actually just use this clear Fab as
the seed, as the kind of the bottom coat, the primer and the top coat sealer, but they also have it in a two-part kit, which has a like a tinted white primer
that you put on first, and then the clear sealer, so I figured since this does have
a little bit of a pattern and I was thinking I’ll probably go through at
least two of these jars, I’d be better off just to start with one
with a little bit of primer in it first and then put my coat of paint. I
got like an almost avocado green color called Basques and that’s
what I want to do for the base, and I also have this like a creamy white
called “a la mode”. I thought it’d be nice to maybe, I’m not 100% sure, but maybe
to stencil a design on top. There’s also a skirt on the bottom of this couch that
I think makes it look really dated, so I want to rip that off so I’m hoping that
I can just kind of slice it off with a utility knife and it won’t fray crazy so
wish me luck on that, and yeah I’m gonna paint my couch. So wish me luck and
you can watch the process unfold. Okay, cutting off the skirt was not a big deal.
I did it on the backside first to make sure I didn’t mess it up before doing it
on a side that’s actually going to show, um so this is what I found to work
really well. I’m using one of these little utility knives. You can snap off
the blade when it gets dull and I’m locking this. I have about a half an inch
exposed and then what I’m doing is kind of getting right underneath that piping.
Can you see that? Right underneath the piping with my knife and
then I am just really jamming it up in there and pulling it towards myself. I’m
just trying to cut through the fabric and the interfacing and it might take a
couple, there see it came down came out really well. I’m gonna have to cut over
where there’s an extra layer but not a big deal, and look at all the nice
storage I have underneath here typically (I’m going to get comfortable)
typically we have baskets under here with the coloring books and magazines,
just to kind of keep the coffee table clutter free and it’ll be even easier
to reach stuff and I found I think a dozen little cat toys under there when
I was pulling it away from the wall to cut the skirting off the back. So you
want to do that if you do have a skirt to remove, just try to keep it so
the piping is nice and smooth and neat, you don’t have any fraying underneath
and I figure doing it now if I do have a little bit of fraying I can seal down
any loose ends when I go to prime it, okay I have also went ahead and vacuumed the
upholstery, you wanna make sure you get cat fur off it and when I
pulled out the skirt I can also see kind of some dust kicking up into the air. I
just wanted to make sure that the fabric was free of debris and nice and clean.
You could also, if you have a like a really dingy couch, if you wanted
to you could wash it beforehand, just make sure it’s completely dry before you
start. Now the nice thing about the fab with the tinting and the white tinting
is that you can see where you’ve been, when you’re using the
all-in-one which is clear, it may be difficult to see where you’ve been. I
that would be fine on this couch because it’s not a really bold pattern but I
like knowing that I can see exactly where I’ve started to paint, you want to
make sure to use a fairly stiff brush when you’re applying paint on fabric
because it’s going to drag a little bit. It’s not like you’re painting on a
canvas which has been primed already even though it’s fabric as well,
so using something like this like stiff fabric well this is a stiff chalk
paint brush, it’s going to go a lot easier than trying to use something
that’s like a nylon brush, it’s a little floppy. You can probably
also use a nice high quality house paint brush like one of the Purdy brushes.
If you haven’t done this before I would avoid the cheap brushes because
those tend have softer bristles and they also tend to shed quite a bit
so you want a nice high quality brush that’s not going to shed. If you don’t
have any, you can find some appropriate brushes over at Heirloom Traditions Paint,
and I’m just going to go and coat all of my fabric with this, I’m actually pleased
at how far this is going, and this step is going to make it so you don’t use so
much of your chalk paint, so I’m hoping that I can do this whole project with
one quart for the base color, anyway. Okay day two on the couch project. I let the
primer dry overnight and when I got up and I felt the fabric this morning it
felt kind of stiff, so what you want to do at this point is you want to take a
brown paper bag or a fine sanding sponge, brown bag works great, go to the grocery
store and just ask for brown bags when they pack up your groceries
and then it’s going to take some elbow grease,
work that fabric and I just kind of did circular motions,
until it felt soft again and I didn’t prime the back actually ran out of
primer before I got to the back of the couch, so I kind of reached over to the
back and I felt the fabric that hasn’t been treated and it felt the same
as this after I sanded it with the bag, then after I did that, I went around and
I vacuumed everything just to pick up any dust I could see, the dust on the
floor from sanding that down, and I recommend doing this between every layer
of paint you put on, so you do it after the primer, because it’s like you’ve got
like a little bit of maybe some cat hair or a fuzzy or just some of the fabric
kind of pilled up when you were priming, it if you don’t sand it and you go over
with your top coat it’s going to trap that pill onto the fabric, this is just
going to kind of break it down also add a little flexibility into the fabric and
make it work for you, so now I’m ready to put on my chalk paint, hopefully this
will cover in one coat since I primed it. I really think it’s going to and what I
have here is a quart of it’s called Basque. I’ll put a link and the color name
in the video description, from Heirloom Traditions Paint and you want to stir it
even though it comes pretty well mixed up it’s still always a good idea to stir
your paint just in case it sat on the shelf for a little while. I’m choosing a
chopstick to do that and I actually just keep like a
cardboard box on the floor that I can set my paint down when I’m not using it
and I’m using a chalk paint brush, it’s flush on the bottom and I’m just going
to start applying it just in circular strokes, and I can see already that the
paint is going farther than the primer did. I used a lot more primer
than I anticipated because this particular
fabric was very porous. It was kind of like a a coarse woven
upholstery fabric and it really just sucked up the paint,
so definitely prime it because your primer is going to cost less than your
high quality paint typically, and it looks like it’s in a cover really well. I
like chalk paint brushes, because they’re very durable versus like a foam brush,
but you could use a foam brush if that’s what you have. I know some people do but it might wear out and you might have to have a few as you go along, but
even a roller would work really well I’m going to use a chop paintbrush, that’s what it’s designed for,
and give us a coat and we will meet again after this coat is done. Okay, I
had a little change of plans. I started to run out of the green. I had 1/4 of
the dark green as soon as I got the back side and front frame inside frame done,
and I also got that kind of avocado color was looking a bit 70s, and ombre is
really popular right now so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and I
poured some light really kind of like a almost a white in here and then stirred
it up and that way I could kind of get this ombre effect, also because the white
color has more pigmentation, it also covered better so I’m not going to have
to do two coats. I also brought the ombre look up on the side arms too, and
then I’m just gonna mix, make sure I have plenty here, of this lighter color that I
mixed and then I’m going to do the cushion in that so there’ll be a little
bit of contrast so it will be all like super super dark because once it was on
the fabric, I’ll show youhere on the frame it looked really really dark. I
mean look at that it seems darker. I know it’s gonna dry probably a little bit
lighter because it’s still wet now, but it was much darker than what I wanted
and it was quite a stark contrast when from the cream-colored couch that I had
to this super dark green, so now that I have this more sage color mix here
with a white and the darker green, I’m much more happy with that. I like how it
kind of fades into a lighter color and they can do the cushion kind of a
sage color and I think it will look really awesome when it’s all dry, so
we’ll be back when it’s all dry. Oh, one more thing, in case you want to do this,
this brush right here is a flat kind of like paddle brush, and so what I did to
get this ombre look is I took the regular chalk paint brush I was using
it’s totally full of pain right now. I’m trying to lift it up so I don’t kind of
drip it all over everything, so I took the regular chalk brush I was using and
I did like a stripe along the bottom and then I took the paddle and I and I kind
of dragged it all up and then I went back and forth until it smoothed out and
I had a nice even ombre, so there’s there’s how I
did that. You might want to practice that on like a like a scrap of fabric or a
piece of wood or something to get the hang of it but I had to work quickly
once I decided to do that, and I didn’t turn the camera on but basically it was
just squashed across with one brush and then blend it with the other one, so not
too not too difficult. Okay it’s a couple days later, and we’re back to the couch
and I decided to give this a few days so I could think about it decide whether I
like this color or not, decide if I wanted another coat, and I did the
paper bag standing like I showed you previously and I was still finding my
fabric to be a little too stiff, so I went and got a fine sanding sponge and I
went over it with that and it distressed it a little bit, and then I found that I
really liked that look, now you may see some faint striping here if you remember
from the before picture this was a kind of a cream and dusty blue type of stripe
pattern, but also the fabric the way it was woven had different
textures to it, so I’ve almost got like a little pinstripe in here, and then a
wider stripe, and then you know striped with pin stripes in it and I like that. I
can still see the texture of the little pink tops even though it’s all tone on
tone now. I liked that texture I felt when it was when I freshly painted it
and it was darker and solid it was just too much there’s too much of one color
that’s kind of one of the reasons I ombre’d it. The other reason was of
course I was running low on the paint. I will talk a little bit about
estimating a project during the frequently asked questions section at
the end of this video. What I’m going to do now, now that I’m happy
with the way this looks, I’ve sanded it, I vacuumed it thoroughly
to make sure there’s no dust, and also I tested that it’s but there was no color
transfer so you’re not going to get even if I didn’t see it I wasn’t going to get
any color on my clothes which is something I’ve heard happen to people
that have done chalk paint upholstery before, so I’m glad that isn’t an issue
at this point. This Fab sealer is the last step in this process and this clear stuff you can actually use it as a primer or a sealer but I use
the tinted primer because I have a two packs that were included,
and so basically what you want to do is just put on one coat, one thin coat
and I’m just using a wax finishing brush here. I’m just dipping like the
probably the bottom a quarter of an inch into the sealer and I’m just
going to give it a even coat and I will kind of crosshatch a little bit so I
disrupt those strokes. I don’t want it to look like painted furniture. I want it to feel a lot more more natural, now this looks really white here, it’s going
to dry completely clear, actually test a bit on one of the arms of the chair just
to make sure it didn’t stiffen it at all, that actually made it feel a little bit
softer, so what I’m going to do here is add a coat of this and then we’ll come
back when it’s all dry and I’ll do the frequently asked questions’ portion of
the video. I hope you’re enjoying this so far. I am and I’m really liking that I
have a pretty much a brand new couch, now that I’m almost done
here, okay it’s dry and I just lightly sanded it down with a paper bag and it
feels pretty good. I was really relieved because after I had the green paint on a
paper bag sanded it and it was rough, and so I used to fine sanding sponge and it
got better, but it was still really stiff, but the all-in-one Fab the clear stuff
that’s on the purple label definitely softened it up. I did a really little bit
of light sanding with a paper bag and it’s it’s pretty soft. I’m really happy,
it’s not as soft as the original fabric though, so I want you to keep that in
mind. The fabric on this couch was a very coarse kind of burlapy fabric, so it
was very in a natural fiber, so it was very absorbent so like I mentioned. It
absorbs so much of the primer, took like five jars to do this couch, and then it
took about two quarts of paint to paint one coat, and then when it came to
putting this last fab on it, I only used like one and a third jars to cover
the entire couch, so every layer it takes less, and so I was able to do this with
three coats of product, versus four to six coats of chalk paint, which other
tutorials, they take your chalk paint and water it down and do four to six coats.
But I’ve seen the results to still be kind of crunchy
and flaky, and gosh six coats is going to take a long time, this
probably took me about six hours start to finish to do a hands-on time, so it is
a bit of an undertaking, so I decided I would offer some tips here and advice as
far as planning your project and what to expect. I think I would recommend that if
you’ve never painted upholstery before that you start with a smaller project,
like a look at upholstered kitchen chair or maybe a formal sitting chair that
you’re not going to use every day, this being our main couch, I had a plan this
project around my family’s schedule so when the kids would leave for school for
the day I would throw the coat of primer and it would take most of the day. It absorbed so much, it actually wasn’t dried til the next day, because I didn’t want the kids
to kind of flop down on a wet couch and get covered with paint or you know throw
something on the couch and have it get covered with paint, so I just wanted to
kind of plan in it really well. The green paint took probably close to 12
hours to dry and this final coat of fab took only probably four hours to dry so
because each layer absorbs less, doesn’t use as much
it dries a little bit quicker each time. So if I did want to do another coat of
the green it would have taken us long to dry or take in as much product. I would
recommend if you’re doing a couch like this, if it’s a porous material like the
kind of burlapy type of material that was on this, I would probably get three
of the kits of the Fab and what I would do is I would begin with priming
areas we’re going to show with the tinted primer, and I would do like the
back and seat and probably the arms that way if I ran out of those first three
containers, I could dip into the purple ones and you know get around the edges
and off to the back and the parts aren’t really going to show so much. The tinted
primer is going to block a little bit more pattern but not a ton and it’s
basically the same product just with a little bit of white tint. Otherwise
you’ll end up buying like four or five sets and you’ll have all kinds of clear
leftover. I only used one and the third jar to go over this entire
thing, that took me nearly five jars to cover in the primer, so you can kind
of borrow from topcoats you don’t have to over buy and
end up with a bunch of leftovers, even though this leftover stuff is going to
be really fun for summer projects, like painting those canvas shoes that are
really inexpensive at your department store, or canvas aprons or canvas
tote bags. I know the kids are gonna have a ball with this, and they want to help
me paint furniture, more furniture which I don’t know if I’m ready for, because
this was quite project, but like I said, start small so you know we’re getting
into. I also recommend that you start on a project that is tight-fitting like this, and if you don’t have such a porous couch, maybe you
have a tighter woven fabric that it has been Scotch guarded or it’s just like,
think of it if you drop if you spill some water on the couch, does the
water bead up or does it absorb right in there quick as can be?
If the water tends to puddle and bead up a little bit, you’re not going to use as
much primer, it’s not as absorbent the the stuff isn’t going to soak in as much
as it did on my couch, so if you have a smoother weave, a smoother fabric, a
tighter weave, or a synthetic fabric you’re not going to need as much, maybe deduct a jar or two from what I’m
recommending, so just kind of play it by ear. Probably
yours is not going to take as much as mine did because this was a super
absorbent natural fiber. Upholstry was in great shape so I was really lucky.
So yes I’d avoid doing anything that’s really baggy because it’ll be really
easy to miss like areas under folds and whatnot, tufted furniture is going to be
a little bit more difficult, so if you have like a headboard with all these
little buttons and tufts, that’s going to be tricky because you’re going to need
to get paint underneath in all those folds, and it could be really easy to
miss somewhere, to get too much, I think stuck under there, so I’m just trying to
go with a nice overall smooth upholstry. I think this is really good
for outdoor upholstery. I would definitely use it to spruce up like a
patio umbrella or awnings, because those items are expensive to replace. I
probably wouldn’t use it to spruce up my you know $25 Target seat covers that I
buy every couple of years because you know the product does get a little bit
expensive and the time that you’re putting into it, I’m going to only put
the time into something that’s really going to save me money,
because I’m updating something like a nice sofa that you know otherwise I’d be replacing, and they don’t make sofas as
nice as they used to, so you know I’m probably getting a better sofa than
going out and spending a thousand dollars on a new one that’s, who knows
made with what, chipboard or particle board or whatever under there. I know
that I’ve got a decent piece of upholstery, here a decent piece of
furniture so it’s a no-brainer to spend the money in the time painting and
upgrading it. Just make sure you follow the steps, make sure you are ready
to see a project to the end if you do undertake something like couch painting,
because it’s going to take some time and you have to follow the steps properly or
you’re going to end up with a crunchy couch. That means sanding in between and
after you sand, every time you sand vacuum thoroughly. You want to vacuum
around your couch but also you want to take the cushions off, you want to vacuum
it around it you want to vacuum all the upholstery, so that you don’t have those
bits of dust getting back in your paint, because that’s gonna make it rough, okay?
It’s going to make it feel like sandpaper and you don’t want that. You
want to, I can’t stop feeling this couch because it’s actually gotten
really soft after this top coat, and I was quite worried after the green coat,
because it was a little crunchy, I’m not gonna lie. So definitely don’t skimp
on this final step and it didn’t take that much to do this. I mean I don’t know,
if you skip the primer step I think it would suck in so much paint that you would have a really crunchy film to deal with, so
I’m really happy with the results and I hope this helps you if you’re
undertaking your project, just keep in mind it is a long process. You have to be
willing to spend the time to do this took me probably six to eight hours of
hands-on time for this. I want you to know what you’re getting into start with
a little chair, see how you like it and then graduate onto your couch, and just
you know follow the steps, take your time and enjoy the process. You get to make
something that’s totally different than anybody else’s and that’s
pretty awesome. I want to thank Heirloom Traditions
Paints for sponsoring this video. Please check out the links in the video descriptions to all products I use, and use a coupon
code frugal to save 10% on your order, so it’ll bring the cost down and you get
free shipping on orders over $75, I think under that’s $5 flat rate fee. So very
affordable, I hope you found this useful. If you have any questions let me know in
the comments below, and I will help you out. Thank you so much for watching! Until
next time, happy crafting.


  • Ian Jackson says:

    have you ever done any fabric upholstery? it's great to see a old frame have new life put back in to it. one of the best crafts ever.

    Thanks for the video I did not Know that you cud do that.

  • CraftyMomma05 says:

    You learn something new everyday!  I never would have thought to paint a couch!  It looks beautiful, but I do think the cushions are a bit too light.  I think it is because I really like the green!  How does the family like it?   They are lucky to have a crafty momma in the house!

  • Lael J. Ensor-Bennett says:

    Nifty! How did you do the cushions? All around? In stages?

  • jannie Stubblefield says:

    Like your new couch

  • littleredwagonstudio says:

    THAT is why you are FOREVER my hero!!! NO FEAR!!!! lol…xoxo stephie

  • Fay Salkus says:

    Do you think it would work on a velvet wing chair? I have an antique pink velvet chair that I would like to refinish.

  • weetzybat says:

    doesnt the paint eventually wear off?

  • weetzybat says:

    on the clothes and skin and such?

  • Amy says:

    i think it will get soft over time from use.

  • Patricia Champion says:

    Nice job tyfs

  • Angela Stone says:

    Argh! I'm exhausted just watching you! Lol!

  • Om yn says:

    Wowzers! It looks fantastic!

  • Fathima:] says:

    tou remind me of my friends mom and you painted the couch so nicely from old to brand new

  • Mary Myers says:

    Paint your couch? I didn't know this was possible. You did a great job!

  • Rose Ryan says:

    Woman, you really are dedicated. You have way more patience than I do. What an undertaking, but you did it. YAYYY! lol.

  • Donna Cipriano says:

    You never cease to amaze me! Kudos to you my friend….great job! Beautiful!

  • Tina Smith says:

    Wow you are just too awesome. It turned out great.

  • victoria Ciolek says:

    GREAT TUTORIAL! I love the color of the back of the couch..I have a DARK green antique couch with raised embroidery in the fabric, SO, do you think this would work for me? I am wanting to go to a almost a off white, kind of a oyster white, so what would you do? Would you just have it reapolostered? sp? The couch has great bones, the wood is all carved and is rose wood, so I want to try this, but I think I may have to start smaller…What would you do? I respect your ideas. thanks Lindsay.

  • Phyllis Stephens says:

    What products do you use to paint a leather sofa and loveseat?

  • MarioRomero89 says:

    Do you think you could paint a rug like this?

  • Bec Taylor says:

    Wouldn't a light superfine sand paper be better than a paper bag on the primer?

  • misugrrl says:

    Question : is this regular chalk paint that can be picked up anywhere, or is it specifically for fabric? I am absolutely loving the results and this has inspired me to try this on a smaller piece. 🙂

  • vegasjill21 says:

    Oh gosh…..Well, first off, you did a great job on your couch. I like the ombre effect. I'm wondering (hoping!) if you think the CRUNCHY wing back chair I chalk painted yesterday will be salvageable…I didn't water down the paint. (I watched the wrong vids before putting on the paint. I DID remember to spray down the upholstery. So what'd'ya think about using a sanding block, or an old bristle hair brush, or fine wire brush, or.. sledge hammer lmao to try to soften it back up.???.. I still need to put a second coat on but maybe I should just move on to my next project and screw that one up, too!! Grrrrr.
    Thanks for the great tips and ideas. And your couch looks great!!

  • kristinbsb24 says:

    can the fabric be washed once its been painted? also, will it fkake off? i have dog who like to chew on furniturw. if she happens to chew on a painted piece would the paint harm her?

  • Hard Worker1 says:

    I don't have the stuff you painted the couch with 1st,and I don't shop on line?What can I substitute it with,something I can buy at a store?

  • effie924 says:

    do you still love your couch?

  • mark layton says:

    You got a great result . however – ive seen furniture re-upholstered using new fabric – its quite easy and quite cheap … not sure id want a painted couch ….yours looks fine though 🙂

  • Bronwyn Timson says:


    Would you ever do a red/terracotta couch???

  • xxYOURBIJOUxx says:

    perhaps it's just me, but I preferred it before it was painted.

  • Catia Oliveira de Souza says:

    quantos dias para secar o sofá?, quanto lata de tinta usou?, e quantas vezes vc passou a tinta no sofá?.

  • Catia Oliveira de Souza says:

    😘😘😘😍😍 gostei muito lindo amei liiiiiiiinnnndooooo,!!! some falta coragem kkkkkkkkk , mais vo tentar OK.

  • farah syed says:

    which paint u have used ?

  • farah syed says:

    which paint u have used

  • sjane 722 says:

    Safety Tip #1 Never pull a blade toward yourself! Always cut away from yourself.

  • cheryl schladoer says:

    Well done!

  • Dreamingrightnow says:

    Thanks for the video; very informative.

  • Maddie M says:

    Great video. I will cut away from my body when I cut off the skirt. Safety reasons.

  • MBGray Designs says:

    You should try Annie Sloan much easier

  • Anita Phillips says:

    love it, i'm going to paint my leather sofa

  • Niko Sheblid says:

    Great job and love all your tips and explanation 👍

  • kate emily pascoe says:

    can anyone else see the pattern after painting

  • Enjoying Life says:

    Hey Lindsey, can you offer some help or advice? I'm pretty good at DIY but I think I just ruined a nice Chair by using Amy Howard One Step paint because it was in the same area as the Chalk Paints and no surprise now it feels stiff as a board. So I'm not sure if there's anything I can do. Any advice would be appreciated thank you.

  • katforgiven says:

    I can still see the stripe,s but I like it that way.

  • tinki moon says:

    I thought this was a very cool idea.i know that style from dark to light is it.For MYSELF I would have gone darker on the seats cushions. it's much better than the country bunkin look it was before.They make everything So cheap now days.I too would rather have the older couch than the cookir cutter stuff we get now just falls apart.

  • WV Independent says:

    Great idea doing the ombre!

  • Rose Haven Farm says:

    Lindsay, how has this held up for you? Thanks.

  • Joanne Carroll says:

    I really enjoyed this vid & would love to see you do more of this type of thing. As well as being a crafter, I'm an avid DIYer & I really don't watch a lot of DIY vids because I often feel disappointed in them – you see, my pet peeve is people doing a half-assed job & calling it a "hack" (probably has something to do with being the daughter of an engineer) instead of researching a job & doing it thoroughly so it lasts. I love that you put real effort into everything you do, you gave valuable insight with this project. Many thanks.

  • Kitta! Power says:

    Omg 🙁 it looked so much more cute before!

  • claire martin says:


  • The Old Crone's Twisted Orphanage says:

    You say it still feels soft, but when you hit it, it kind of sounds like outdoor furniture sounds. Does it feel like the kind of vinyl of outdoor furniture? I'd love to do this on my chair, but my husband would HATE it if it felt like that haha.

  • Kuudere-senpai says:

    We got a free child size armchair in pink.. i love it. But its not a smooth cotton fabric. Its velvet or velour.. which ever. Maybe suede? I have boys and wondering if thisll work on that type of fabric??

  • Ema Tee says:

    Can you clean it after?

  • linda meanbean says:

    no i wanted it lol im looking for a couch like that with the stripes going down to make them darker for a nautical theme wish you were my neighbor lol i would have traded lol just kidding i love ya lindsay your always coming up with some cool videos ..speaking of videos i would love to see more nautical beachy them videos ..also for fall with no metallic i really dont like metallic on the holidays thanks in advance ..:)

  • Chris F says:

    Wow, who knew you could do this?! Thank you for showing us the process so thoroughly. I have a high-low upholstery where the high part is bumply, and it's probably synthetic. Is that paintable? I'd paint the arms and front, then sew slipcovers for the cushions using the homemade fitted sheet method (see tutes on YT).

  • jill tedesco says:

    more work then needed spray the furniture well with water mix water with your chalk pain and swirl it in on with a chalk paint brush round

  • IMChrysalis says:

    It cracked me up when you said it wasn't like painting on a canvas~ have you ever stretched your own canvas? It's EXACTLY like painting on canvas that has not been primed yet… The priming is to seal the fibers so it doesn't drag!… LOL

  • noreen satti says:

    ur make up is so heavy… u look beautiful without applying so much of products….

  • Cherish Tattershall says:

    Your hair is so cute!😍

  • Natalie Ferrer says:

    Great tip on vacuuming in between sanding!!!! I have to do my hair like yours too

  • Carla White says:

    u didn't have to wet the fabric first? Every other video I Have seen says to wet it. I wonder what the difference Is?? Do u know? I like the end result !

  • DECO ANA9A says:

    With the length of time there will be no spots on the dyed tup ?

  • Delivery Dashcam says:

    Neebs Gaming anyone?

  • mike e says:

    I bought a couch that was painted. How do I clean it with out taking the paint off?

  • le chat says:

    Hey, Lindsay! By chance, I just found my first video of you that has glued me to your channel until today – lol. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 to you and all your loved ones! Hugs, Josi

  • Lorianna says:

    I loved how it looked with just primer. Wonder if it's ok to seal after primer.

  • Loveme Toknowme says:

    Hey did you find any money in the couch? ✌😁👍
    My goodness I never would've bought that couch either. What a ugly fabric print. No wonder you painted it.
    👉Clever Lady!!!👈 👏 👍 💭

  • Jill HHB says:

    I just painted a chair it looks great but is rough ! a little hard I want to soften and have searched and searched–PLEEZE how do I soften it?

  • Gamer GirlGetIt says:

    is it safe to sit on the couch after painting it?

  • marilyn gandhi says:

    I am in Australia and you should see my couch it is dirty looking, nicely textured but I would like a different color, I love what you are doing there 🙂 <3

  • marilyn gandhi says:

    I am going to do my couch too, experimenting with it because I can't buy your brands in Australia, I'll start with the back to test my ideas <3 your example, if you can do it I can too 🙂

  • marilyn gandhi says:

    I remember throwing away some really good stuff, I'm sorry now.

  • The Home Genie says:

    Wow – this is an amazing transformation, and a huge amount of work. I love it! I did something similar on a small armchair here: I would love to know what you think!

  • Digitalhunny says:

    You made the MOST used part of the couch the lightest? NOT a good idea. First to get dirty. Painted so VERY hard to clean. You should have gone solid green same shade & lightened it with toss cushions.

  • Skittledee 123 says:

    I like the before more.

  • Lisa Lampros says:

    Sitting on that paint can't be healthy. Our skin soaks up everything we put on it.

  • ar banegas says:

    Nice . I actually painting the seats in my pickup truck . it should be the same process I think. I already did my

  • Jorge Aponte says:

    Eres una chapucera quedó horrible. Y esa maleta debajo del sofa

  • Shawnte W. says:

    Looks great. I have one I have to paint in grey. Thanks for the info.

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  • Desire Love says:

    Wonder how DIY paint would have worked? Debi who invented DIY paint did a couch and it was like the velvety type fabric and it came out great too.

  • Jennifer Hargrove says:

    I love the green but not the cushion😉

  • Richa Stevens says:

    I used Annie Sloan chalk paint (120 dollars worth) and could still see the pattern. Ended up pitching the chair. It was an expensive lesson.

  • Im So Favored says:

    yeas and I think it adds character to the piece

  • Fabiola Guzman says:

    Pero qué manera de hablar !! 😰

  • lilian mejia says:

    Abla mucho

  • Jeepergirl says:

    Thanks for sharing. I really like the color you chose but I think I would have kept the seats the same color. I know it's a lot of work and I think you did a terrific job! and your so cute to.

  • Jane Doe says:

    Just get a stretchy cover…problem solved

  • junie richardson says:

    That is awful. I can see the original pattern. Not well executed at all!,,,,

  • junie richardson says:

    I liked it the stripped blue best!,,,

  • Serena Battig says:

    You mentioned scotch guard…. Would you recommend using scotch guard first to make a highly absorbable material less so in an attempt to cut down on paint used? How well does the fabric paint hold up on fabric that has been treated with scotch guard in the past or does it make a difference?

  • Quantum Kitty says:

    Wow I really love that you can see the pinstripe show. This was a huge project and it came out beautifully. Great job!

  • Christine Kreul says:

    Had she wet fabric with water using a spray bottle BEFORE painting AND diluted the paint with water (equal parts paint/water) she would have avoided that "crunchy feeling" and there would have been no need to "sand" it down

  • McK USA says:

    We have a REALLY comfortable couch we bought from Craigslist for $40 last year. It's upholstered in denim. Hate the look, love the comfort. We were going to throw it out but elected to paint it instead! I'm so excited we get to keep this great couch. With the help of your video, I'm feeling more confident. Thank you.

  • Carrie Rushoway says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Bette Gregory says:

    I liked the original great as is for a rustic or French country room. I would have bought the couch

  • Bette Gregory says:

    I really liked the skirt. Paint looked ok but pattern?

  • Leo Allam says:

    "White has more pigmentation" No it doesn't. Also, you should have wet the surface prior to staining the fibres (Not painting) Having the surface wet would have used much less product, dry much quicker and also prevent the fabric from hardening and/or potentially cracking up.

  • Robynn.Ninjah says:

    Is there a way to paint/dye a darker couch a lighter color safely without the original color of the furniture seeping through?

    I have a sage green set that id really like to dye/paint a lighter color light gray or even a yellow.

  • Sam says:

    What's the texture of the fabric like after the paint dries? Is it rough? Is it as comfortable to sit on the couch as before?

  • Miriam Bator-Strzelecka says:

    What to do to keep softness of fabric,

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