Painted Couch, Painted Foot Stools

The first time I heard someone suggest painting a couch I thought – crazy. Then I found some interesting pictures and tutorials from adventurous renovators and the crazy became intriguing.

I was not brave enough to paint a couch, nor did I have one to spare. Although I did try to talk some friends into letting me paint theirs without success. Not one to give up, I decided to paint two footstools I had plans to recover anyway. I figured if they were ruined I could still recover them later.

Footstools before

I have two stools and they both had fabric skirts surrounding the bottom. In my haste to begin I ripped off the skirts before snapping a picture. The stools cost $6 each from the Goodwill.


I followed the advice of the Michael’s staff member who suggested acrylic paint over the leftover latex I planned to use. I purchased 4 small bottles of FolkArt acrylic paint on sale for $1.50 each. The white bottle is Martha Stewart Fabric Medium, on sale for $7.50 . The ratio is 2 parts paint to one part medium.

I followed the easy step by step instructions found on the painted couch sites listed below. I mixed my paint and brushed it on. It took two coats of paint to prevent the old pink shade from seeping through.

I primed the legs and purchased 3 meters of 3 inch wide elastic trim from Fabricland for $18.00. At this point I was itching to push the boundaries. I wondered what would really happen if I used latex paint with the paint medium. Yes, I was cautioned against it, but I had to find out.

I painted the legs with leftover latex paint and then thinned the same latex paint with medium and painted the elastic – just to compare.

The difference? Nothing!!!!

Stools After

All this to say I am thrilled with the results of my foot stools. If re-upholstery is out of your budget or ability this is definitely an option worth considering. The only problem now is that the stools look nicer than the couch. Hmmmm…

The painted couch that started it all. Click on the link to see up close before and after pictures.


 Another inspiring spray painted sofa. This link includes FAQ’s at the bottom.


Just for fun

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