I painted my couch!

And it looks great!

Okay so if you’re anything like me, you love restoring old stuff and salvaging these forgotten prior-owned jewels.

So I bought a couch for R550.00 which is basically getting it for free.



Hideous, I know. But I loved the shape of the couch, and I bought it with the intention of reupholstering it right away. But I bought it while I was still studying, and didn’t have the money to convert it into a Chesterfield couch for R 6500.00

So I stored it. Then I got married and we had to furnish our apartment asap.

So I covered it with loose throws for a few months. And then. I painted it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Chalk paint, NOT chalkboard paint. There’s a massive difference. You can choose any colour you like, I loved the Cotswold, because it’s a mixture between grey and cream, which is the colour scheme of our home mostly.


Next you’ll need a medium sized paintbrush. Like the one in the photo:


You’ll also need some water:


You’ll finally also need a spray-type bottle:


Lastly you’ll need some good music, a glass of wine, and TIME.

So here’s how I did it.

  • Mix the paint with water. 80/20 so the mixture will be 80 paint and 20 water. Make sure it’s rather thinner than thick, like melted ice cream. Because you don’t want the couch to become hard and crack from the paint.
  • Next you will spray the couch with water, make sure it’s really damp.
  • Paint the damp parts, the whole idea is for the couch to absorb the paint, instead of just painting the couch. So it will need a few layers.


It is a timely process.

  • Make sure the creases and stitching is properly damp, and apply a lot of paint on those areas.


  • Let is stand overnight.
  • Paint a second layer of paint, using the same method.
1-ATflm37VNbxE5KIMXQHTPQ My husband helped! And so did the wine 🙂
We skipped the parts that you won’t be able to see, to save paint.

This is what the couch looks like after two layers.


We decided that two layers of paint is enough, so you can still see the interesting patterns of the couch. But you can add as many layers as you like.

And this was the end result:


We didn’t paint the seated parts, because this was our first try, and we wanted to see if it works. It’s been a week, and so far so good. I got the material from a vintage shop in Hermanus, washed it, and covered the seats with it.

The total cost of the couch:

R550.00 for the couch

R 169.00 for the paint

R 30.00 for the paintbrush

R 45.00 for the material on the seated parts

R 794.00

Not bad huh?

This is temporary and we will replace the couch eventually. But we might be moving soon, so we are delaying it for now.

Let me know if this was helpful! And if you did the same how it turned out!

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