Giving new life to something old using creativity and a little paint is so rewarding. This is by far my favorite project to date and I’m so excited to share it with you.
I own Farm Girl in Ada, OK and we are retailers for Junk Gypsy™ Paint. This project was a little intimidating at first but ended up being so easy and fun! I want to paint everything with upholstery now. I was so overwhelmed with the response of yesterday’s project post that I wanted to blog and share how I did it.I contemplated many times on reupholstering this settee but it wasn’t ever in my budget and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find what I wanted in regards to material.A friend picked up this neat piece for me from an antique store in Texas. It was a really great price and I probably have a total of $115 in it. That includes the piece itself AND supplies.
I taped off the material and covered it first. I used the color Buttermilk Biscuit on the wood trim. With a hand sander (or piece of sand paper if you do not have it) I distressed the corners, edges, and detailed areas to give it a shabby chic look.Yesterday, I taped the wood and took the cushion off to start painting the fabric which is a velvet/velor type.
I mixed half Junk Gypsy™ Paint in Singin’ the Texas Blues with half water and 10% volume of downy liquid fabric softener. Half and half just means whatever your paint/water mix volume is. In this case, I used 1 1/2 quarts of paint and 1 1/2 quarts of water. With the paint and water mixture its 96 ounces, so I added a little over 9 ounces of fabric softener. A ‘ballpark’ measurement is fine, it doesn’t have to be exact. I poured it all into a large glass canister and took a paint stick to mix. Over time the paint will settle to the bottom, make sure to stir throughout your project.
We also took large mason jars at our paint class last night to mix the paint, water, and fabric softener. They are great for small projects because you can put the lid on and shake up your product as well as great for storing what’s left over.
The paint covered it really well and the downy took out the antique store smell. It took 2-3 coats in some areas to achieve full coverage. The downy helps keep the fabric soft and not give it a “crunchy” feel.
I made sure to really work the paint into the crevices and edging around the wood trim. We recommend a 24-48 hour “cure/dry” time since fabric does soak in the paint. We set up fans around the couch to help it dry.
If you are worried about future spills on your piece, an idea would be to get Scotchgard to help repel water and stains.
I’ve been dreaming of a denim couch for some time and am so proud of how my little settee turned out. I plan to add cow hair pillows to add western flair and detail.
Junk Gypsy Paint is so versatile and easy to use. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You will be surprised at how easy and fun it is. If you have any questions, the Farm Girls are happy to help. You can call our store, stop by, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org