Monday, February 17, 2014

Painted Sofa Before/After and Master Bedroom Updates

 
Several years ago I brought home an orange sofa from an estate sale.  Yes, it was orange and aesthetically dated in a way that didn't fit my style, but it's condition was pristine and it was only $30!  I was so drawn to it's curves and lovely tufting that I was able to look past the Brady Bunch orange upholstery.  I remember my husband giving me a funny look when he helped me unload it from the truck, but he didn't question my intentions.  He rarely does.  He knows better.
 
Our master bedroom is fairly large and I was hoping to create a pretty little sitting area.  The sofa was the perfect size, but obviously the wrong color.  I immediately covered it with a beautiful quilt, threw some pretty pillows on it and vowed to save my pennies to have it reupholstered one day.  Well, we all know how expensive upholstery work can be.  And it seems like after having children, your priorities get shifted and suddenly spending hundreds of dollars to reupholster a $30 sofa that no one ever sits on seems frivolous and unnecessary. 
 
If you've been following along with me here, you know that I have been working on making some updates to our bedroom.  I painted a new dresser for my husband and re-painted my old dresser for a completely new look.  With the pretty new updates happening in the room, the quilt covered sofa just wasn't working for me anymore.  I had been contemplating the idea of painting it with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan ever since I saw other bloggers painting their own upholstered furniture.  My biggest concern was that the sofa would soak up several cans of paint and even though I would be spending considerably less than I would to have it reupholstered, I still was ready to spend over $100 making my $30 sofa look more presentable.  Recently, Debbie Hayes of Annie Sloan Unfolded painted and stenciled a sofa that appeared to be comparable in size to mine.  In her blog post, she stated that she was able to paint the entire sofa with just a half can of Chalk Paint®!  That was all I needed to hear!  A few days later, I pulled that quilt off of my orange sofa and started painting.  I created a custom lavender color by mixing Paloma and Old White.  Within a matter of hours the orange sofa was no more.  I estimate that my sofa took closer to one whole can of paint, but it was still a much more cost efficient makeover than what I had originally anticipated. 
 
 
This little sofa had been covered up with a quilt for so long that I had forgotten what a cute shape it had and how lovely the tufting was!  The Paloma/Old White mix created the most perfect shade of lavender for our room.  It's exactly the color of fabric I had envisioned the sofa being reupholstered in one day.
 
 
I know exactly what you're wondering when you look at this upholstery paint transformation...what does the fabric feel like?  Is it crunchy?  Well yes, it is a little crunchy...and I know I could apply Annie's clear wax and probably get a softer feel, but honestly no one ever actually sits on this sofa.  We lay our clothes out on it, and that's about it.  I was happy with how it turned out, so I decided to save my wax for another project.
 
 
Once it was painted in the most perfect shade of lavender, the little sofa needed a few more accessories to make it extra beautiful!  I tried to be open minded when shopping for throw pillows.  I knew I wanted to add some accent colors but I wasn't sure exactly what they would be.  I am trying to go for a "collected" cottage look in our room.  I fell in love with this little sequined, ruffled pillow at HomeGoods but it wasn't the pop of color I was looking for, luckily on the next aisle over was the satin patchwork pillow that had a lot of lovely soft colors on it to pull from.  I carried it around to a few different stores and eventually found the blanket in the perfect shade of blue to work with the pillow and accent the sofa. 
 
 
The other accessory the little sofa just had to have were some new legs.  As you can see in the before photo, the original legs gave the sofa sort of a mid-century modern look. 
 
 
Switching them out for some curvy Queen Anne style legs really helped achieve the vintage cottage feel I was hoping for.  I purchased the legs online from Van Dyke's Restorer's.  They were on sale and I ended up paying just $20 for four legs after all was said and done.  I chose to stain them with a dark stain I had left over from another project.  I felt like I needed a little bit of wood grain in this corner of the room in contrast with all of the painted pieces.  Special thanks to my sweet husband for his help in replacing the sofa legs!  I don't want to down-play his efforts, but it seemed like an easy straight-forward project, in case you were wondering.
 
 
The tiered end table is a piece that a friend of mine had for sale in her booth at Camas Antiques!  I originally purchased it hoping to use it as a nightstand in our room but it ended up being a bit too small.  I decided to try it out in the corner of the room next to the sofa, and as it turns out I think it's perfect there!
 
 
 Michelle painted this lovely table in Old White, distressed it just right and finished it off with clear and dark wax.  I love it, Michelle!
 
 
While I'm sharing in this corner of our room, I'll tell you a little bit about the new curtains I just put up.  Before, we had hand-me-down lace panels.  I liked them okay for several years but you know how it is when you change one thing in a room..it quickly leads to more changes!  I decided I wanted a more finished look with sheers and panels but I didn't have hundreds of dollars to spend, so I headed to Ikea! 
 
 
I liked the color, texture and the price of the Lenda curtain panels, but didn't much care for the tab top.  I thought I would do an alteration of some sort when I got around to it.  When I layed the panels out on the ironing board I realized that I could easily cut a little slit at the top of the curtain where it's folded over, just at the hem and feed the rod right through it.  I just tucked the tabs back behind once the curtains were hung in place.  It feels a little like cheating, but it works for me!  These have been up in our room for a few weeks now and I am really happy with them!
 
 
 This corner of our room is now prettier than I had imagined it could be, thanks to a few easy projects, a can of paint and some special accessories!  I still have a few things left on my to-do list as well as my wish list for our bedroom, but I am really pleased with how things are coming together!
 
Thank you for allowing me to share my decorating journey with you, and for your sweet visit today!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
 
 
Sharing With:
Inspire me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life 
 Before and After Wednesday at The Decorated House
What's it Wednesday at Elephants and Ivy
Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground 
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Vintage Inspiration at Knick of Time Interiors
 

41 comments:

  1. Your bedroom is looking beautiful--I love that little couch! How much paint did it take?

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! I am really enjoying it! It may be my new favorite room in the house! The sofa took approximately 1 can of paint...so much less than I expected!

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  2. that little sofa is a big success, it really is a gorgeous space! love the new legs!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! Yes, the legs made such a big difference! I love them too! I will be linking up tomorrow! See you at the party!

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  3. Beautifully done. I can see why you purchased it and kept it till its wonderful transformation. I love the style and lines and your paint has truly brought it back to life.

    ~willa~

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    1. Thank you, Willa! Have a lovely week! -Amanda

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  4. What a lovely couch and I love the shape and tufting. I can't believe how good it looks with just one can of paint. Your bedroom is looking wonderful! take care, Maryann

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    1. Thank you so much, Maryann! Have a wonderful day! -Amanda

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  5. This is totally amazing. I love it and the new legs are so perfect. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you, Marty! And thank you for hosting your fun party! Happy to link up! See you again next week! -Amanda

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Have a wonderful week! -Amanda

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  7. You did a great job!!! I love the little couch. Did you water down the paint at all? And just brush it on? I want to do a wing back chair....Can't wait to try this. I did read another blog where the gal painted a small velvet chair. She actually sanded it down between coats and she said it felt like butter. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jill! Yes, I did water down the paint a bit, and I also used a spray bottle of water to dampen the fabric as I painted. I have heard about the sanding, and I am sure that each piece is different depending on fabric. You might experiment a bit on an inconspicuous place on chair or find a scrap piece of fabric that is similar to your upholstery to see what method is going to work best for you. Happy painting!

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    1. Thank you, Katie. Yes, I am so happy with the color, too! It is just what I'd hoped for!

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  9. Is there ANYTHING that ASCP can't pretty up? Your sofa looks amazing! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Hi Alison! Thank you! Yes, I will be by to join your party! Thanks again!

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  10. Amanda, that turned out so beautifully. I have been wanting to paint a small chair, but have been dragging my feet. But with all the favorable comments around, and now seeing the beautiful job you did, I'm going to do it..Happy Thursday..Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I can't wait to see your chair! You can do it! Have a great weekend!

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  11. So very pretty! Love the sofa, and I just ordered some Ikea curtains, so I'm glad to hear you like yours. I have a project coming soon showing my curtains. Hope you can drop in.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! Yes, I would love to come see your curtains! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. What a stunning transformation! I love the colors you used!
    ~Siggie

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    1. Thank you, Siggie! Have a lovely weekend!

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  13. Love the results. Would never know was painted by the pics ;)

    FiRefinishBlog.com

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    1. Thank you, Rayana! Have a lovely day!

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  14. OMG this is so cool! I didn't know you could use chalk paint on fabric! The changeout on the legs is perfect!

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    1. Thank you! I think it's pretty cool too and I love the new legs as well! Have a wonderful day!

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  15. You are so talented and creative, The little orange sofa is totally transformed by your amazing work. Looks beautiful in your room
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Michele! Have a lovely day!

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  16. Oh Wow! You did an amazing job on the sofa. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in tomorrow to check out your feature. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn! What a sweet surprise! I will be by tomorrow for sure! Thanks again! -Amanda

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  17. Amazing. I've never seen this done, but I have heard of painting fabric so why not! My mother in-law paints everything even the umbrella for her patio furniture! It lasts better than I'd ever have imagined so I'm guessing this will keep you happy for a while. Last time I checked into re-upholstering it was as much money as buying new. Of course the fabric can dictate part of the price. Such a cute love seat should be kept alive!

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  18. I was so interested to read this because I have been debating trying it. I painted some other upholstery with Design Master spray (which is designed for florals) and it worked out very well. I did paint a leather chair with ASCP successfully. Your piece looks great -- did you use a sprayer to get down into the tufts?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! No, I just used my paint brush and it was incredibly easy. I did use a spray bottle of water to dampen the fabric, as was recommended in Debbie Hayes' tutorial.

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  19. I was also wondering if you used a brush or sprayer. Also, did you wash the piece first? This couch looks amazing. So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I just painted on with a regular paint brush, and no pre-cleaning treatments required.

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  20. It's lovely. I have a couple of chairs that I've been thinking of painting. One of them has an obvious flame stitch woven in so I have hesitated. I guess it really doesn't hurt to try! Did you take the cushion out to paint the seat cushion or leave it in?

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    1. Thank you! The seat cushions are removable, so yes I did take them out to paint. Is there an inconspicuous a spot of upholstery on your chairs that you can test with the paint to see how the coverage will be?

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  21. I just found your sweet blog through Pinterest (your post on how to transfer quotes onto fabric, which is brilliant by the way). I love how you transformed this sofa with paint. It turned out beautiful! I'd love it if you chose to share this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. The party is usually up by 6:00 pm Tuesday evenings. Have a super week! ~Deborah

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Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!