How to paint a Couch and other upholstery

In today’s post, I will show you how to paint a couch or any upholstery.  Ok, so three years ago, after some trail and errors,  I found the perfect solution for our tiny dining room.  I wanted something that made a bold statement but, that at the same time, didn’t take up a ton of space. I decided for a bold gold striped wall and a settee.  The settee would create a bit of drama and function as extra seating without taking up precious space.

A brand new settee was not in the budget and honestly it wasn’t very ideal with small children.  So,  I searched Craiglists for weeks and finally found an ivory colored settee that fit the space and budget.


I  already knew I was going to transform the settee with acrylic paint but the BIG question was what color?  The beauty of being able to paint upholstery are the limitless color options. I was between blue/green and  pink.  After many trips to Hobby Lobby’s paint aisle,  I decided on, Bluegrass Green. I went with craft paint because it’s more on the non-toxic side and has very little odor. You can use any interior paint or chalk paint.

The secret sauce is adding fabric medium to your paint.  Fabric medium mixes easily with the paint and thins it out a bit allowing the paint to permanently bond to the fabric while staying softer, less stiff and resistant to cracking.

So how do you paint a couch?


Mix 1 part fabric medium with 2 parts acrylic paint.

Start by spraying a section of the sofa with water and allowing it to penetrate the fabric.

Paint sprayed section

Continue to spray, paint, in sections, until entire piece is painted



*depending on color, condition of the item,  you will need at least two coats.  Make sure to let the piece dry completely before adding another coat. 

*The fabric will feel a bit like painted canvas and it does soften over time but the plus side is that it’s super easy to wipe down and clean.

 *You can lightly sand with a fine grit sandpaper to add more softness to it.


So, here is the finished product and I think it turned out amazing and created the showstopping piece we needed, on a budget!


Let me know if you end up trying this technique and if you’re looking for more home decor inspo- check out my other blog post where I share our master bedroom makeover!



Hi, I’m Lucy a San Diego based Motherhood, Life & Style Blogger. I am also a wife & a mother to two sweet boys. Here on my blog, I share about all things motherhood, fashion, beauty, self-love and travel. I also recently launched my own shop, Luna + June! I am passionate about living a happy, organic and stylish life.

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