Ever since I moved into my rental I have wanted a settee or couch in my kitchen. I thought if I had a vintage settee/couch in my kitchen it would bring some vintage character to my 80’s style rental. My kitchen is a GREAT size and when I just had a table and four chair it felt boring, like it was missing something. I am so happy that I was able to find such a great piece of furniture at such a free price.
I don’t know about y’all but I am so lovin’ the black! Honestly no other color would have done it for me. I did not even have to think twice about this one!
When deciding on what fabric painting method I was going to attempt, the thought of paint being pliable kept running through my mind. See, the last time I painted some fabric I mixed fabric medium into my paint and I wasn’t really satisfied with my outcome. My chair (I painted the fabric on it) came out crunchy and not very soft to the touch. I knew that I did not want that. I also knew that latex paint is bendable, why not just slap that baby on there? Before I even applied any paint on the couch, I searched endlessly for some type of diy or after photo of a painted couch without using any type of fabric medium and I came across Magnaverde’s painted sofa…even her sofa was similar to mine. Finding that article was like the weight of the world was being lifted off my shoulders….I felt like I could breathe!
Materials used to paint a camel back sofa
- Black latex paint (a quart should be plenty enough)
- Paint brush and roller
- Wax paste*
Steps to achieve the painted camel back sofa look
- Thoroughly clean the sofa
- Once you thoroughly clean the sofa, paint the sofa like you would do any furniture piece
- Continue to painting as many coats as needed until you are satisfied
- Let it dry and cure (the paint dries fast)
- Magnaverde finished her piece off with some form of wax paste, but since I have kids and this couch would be located in the kitchen, an area where there is food and hand touching, I decided to skip this stage.*
*I never finished this piece off with wax paste. I had this couch for about 3.5 years painted black and the paint NEVER came up.
The couch is 100% wipeable and comfortable…and it looks like leather! it does not even feel like a painted couch. It is NOT sticky when you sit on it or anything like that. I love the fact that if my kids spill anything on it, I can just wipe it off and not have to deal with throwing it in the wash or busting out my steam cleaner….painting it was the best choice I could have thought of that could resist my kids.
Man, does that not look nice?