Come Sit a Spell

By Claudia Whitcraft - Vintage Soul Barn, Owner/Artist at Vintage Soul Barn

This greenish yellow vintage sofa was screaming at me to save! I looked into having it upholstered professionally, but it would have set me back close to $1,500. A hefty price for someone wanting to resale. My next thought was painting it. Why not? The piece already had lovely bones, but the heavily stained fabric was a far cry. First, I spot cleaned the fabric and vacuumed it well. Then I taped off the wood trim. Using a bucket of 50/50 water and fabric softener I wet the fabric using a sponge. I knew General Finishes Milk Paint would be perfect because of their high pigments and since it bonds so well to everything. I custom mixed equal parts of Patina Green, Coastal Blue, and Emerald. Then I did a mixture of 50/50 milk paint to water.

I used a boar bristle brush to apply the paint. It took about 2 1/2 coats of paint with light sanding in between with a 220 grit sandpaper. I painted the wood trim with GF Antique White. I distressed then glazed the wood with GF Van Dyke Brown. I even used some of the same glaze on the fabric to create depth. After the glaze was dry, I applied Vintage Market & Design Clear Wax and buffed away after 2 hours. The couch feels like a buttery soft leather. It absolutely is not crunchy or stiff. Everyone is amazed who touches it. This was a huge project for me and pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone, but the finished product was so self gratifying. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

Products Used

General Finishes Patina Green Milk Paint
General Finishes Emerald Milk Paint
General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint
General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint
General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Vintage Market & Design Clear Wax

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