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So I decided to take the plunge and paint my cream IKEA fabric sofa! Why you ask?
Well firstly, I will always choose frugal over anything else when it comes to re-decorating (upholstering is expensive and maybe just a little too time consuming). And secondly, I’ve come to the realization that anything of a light cream colour is a huge no-no when you have a toddler who likes to eat food just about anywhere!
To be honest, I got the inspiration to do this from my Facebook group Grillo Designs Home Decorating and Upcycling group I had seen some great results of painted fabric sofas from the members on there and through asking the right questions, gained a brief outline on how it was done.
Materials I used:
Valspar emulsion tester pot x 2 (DARK GREY)
Valspar emulsion tester pot x 1 (LIGHT GREY)
Old cleaner spray bottle.
Authentico Clear Wax
Old dish rag
This is how the chair looked before:
1. Spray chair with water to dampen the fabric using the spray bottle.
2. Apply paint with a good brush lightly over all the dampened fabric. At times you might have to spray more water over areas just to help the paint absorb into the fabric.
3. Once you have completed the first coat of paint, leave it to dry for 24hrs.
4. Sand lightly with sandpaper and dust off before applying the second coat of paint.
5. Paint second coat and leave to dry for 24hrs – sand again.
6. Paint third coat and leave for 24hrs – sand again (This third coat is not a must)
7. Use the painter’s tape to create your pattern – then paint the areas lightly using the Valspar light grey paint.
Do not remove the tape while the paint is wet. Leave the paint to dry for another 24hrs – and sand again
8. Remove tape.
9. Apply clear wax using a dry cloth and buff. Leave to cure overnight.
And that’s it! I hope you’ll give this a go. Please ask away if you have any questions!
UPDATE: This tutorial has been featured in GAYA MAGAZINE.
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