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February 1, 2011

Mid-Mod Couch Makeover By Andrea

Here is a GREAT post by Andrea detailing the rehabbing of her couch that includes something I’ve never heard of before: fabric spray paint. Thanks for this, Andrea, very educational!

We’ve been looking for half of forever (it seems!) for a suitable mid mod couch for our home, but nothing ever seems to come available here.  We did have a servicable blue Ikea couch with a decent shape to it, however it’s over ten years old, and starting to look a bit worn on the cushions.  Not to mention it didn’t match anything else in the room.  So, I decided it was time to give the couch a makeover!


(I apologize for the before pic – I probably should have taken the baby stuff off of it first, but I barely remembered to take a before pic!)

So, as you can see, typical Ikea couch, not terribly exciting, and not terribly mid mod, either.  Doesn’t really coordinate with the turquoise walls, or my throw pillows, either.
I figured that barkcloth would be the perfect choice to bring some mid mod charm to this couch.  I did a lot of searching online, looking at both vintage and reproduction barkcloth, and decided upon reproduction.  Vintage was too hard to find in the quantity that I needed, and most sellers with that kind of quantity were charging a premium for it.  I found this lovely reproduction barkcloth from a seller on Etsy:


Atomic and tiki in one fabric!  Plus all of the colours I needed!  What’s not to love?
We did decide, though, that an entire couch out of this barkcloth might be a touch busy for my living room.  I decided to bring in some black fabric on the couch cushions, to break it up a bit, and that we’d make the base of the couch black.
After sewing up new covers for the cushions (this is the beauty of Ikea furniture – most of the couches are meant to have covers, which makes it really easy to sew your own covers), we took a good look at the rest of the couch.  The base of the couch really wasn’t worn at all, it was just totally the wrong colour.  I thought that there must be some type of spray on or paint on fabric dye, that didn’t have to be rinsed off.
A quick search  found me this awesome Upholstery Spray Paint.  (Canadians, you can order it from their Canadian distributor)  This has got to be the most awesome cheater method of rehabbing  any form of upholstery!  You simply spray it on like any other paint, let it dry, and do as many coats as needed to achieve the colour needed.  The only thing I might caution is that I don’t know how well it would work to take a dark piece of upholstery to a lighter colour,  I would recommend selecting a colour that’s darker than whatever you’re looking to spray.  However, this worked awesome to turn my blue couch black, and even covered a small stain on the arm of the couch.  This would definitely be a product to keep in mind if you happen upon a piece of furniture that you like the look of, but it’s the wrong colour, has a stain, etc.

Here I present the made-over couch:


Close up of the barkcloth on the couch:


As you can see, everyone likes the new look of the couch, including Ella!


Gorgeous couch, Andrea, and Ella is just a doll!  Thanks so much for the fun show and tell!

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8 Responses to Mid-Mod Couch Makeover By Andrea

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Wow Andrea, what a GREAT job you did! The couch looks so FAB now. I love that fabric too. And, I can tell sweet Ella is really enjoying that new couch! 🙂

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    February 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Absolutely inspiring! I would have never thought to do that…and probably would have been too lazy to…but it looks so awesome! And the fabric is really beautiful. And so is that little Ella. 🙂

  3. Charlotte Reply

    February 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Fabric paint for a sofa – who’d a thunk it? I love the finished product. Well done!

  4. Andrea Reply

    February 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks everybody! 🙂

    Eartha – the fabric paint really makes it a lot easier. I can and have reupholstered furniture before, but I was feeling rather lazy when I decided to search out the fabric paint – but I think the laziness paid off this time!

  5. jamie in Hollywood Reply

    February 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    You did a great job! Beautiful child.

  6. Andrea Reply

    February 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks, Jamie!

  7. sablemable Reply

    February 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Great job, Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! And thanks for introducing us to fabric spray paint!

    Ella is just too cute for words! Darling!

  8. Andrea Reply

    February 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks, Sable 🙂

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