Bad Ideas by Brooke {Never Paint a Couch}

I was had. I believed the tutorials. They said things like, “It went so fast,” or “It was a lot softer than I thought it would be.”

Liars. {I’m sure they are lovely in real life, just for the record}.

I bought this couch for $35.00 because I wanted a cute little couch for my office. It was the perfect size, and the tufted back had me at hello.

thrift store couch

Although I have reupholstered before, I thought painting the couch was a better idea for some reason.   As a result of my brilliant plan, I searched the web for tutorial after tutorial to learn every possible thing about painting a couch. I read multiple tutorials to make sure I did this project “right.”


I followed the tutorials to a T. I mixed the paint with fabric medium, filled my spray bottle with water and went to town. Heck, we even made it a family affair.


This is what the couch looked like after 12 man  hours of painting.

don't paint a couch

Yes, you read that correctly…12 HOURS.

The funny thing is that at this point I was still pro-couch painting.  My husband was not on my team, and was thoroughly enjoying the show. I even recruited my amazing friend Jo to help me paint this bad boy, and her face was priceless when she showed up. Like a good friend would do, she went along with my terrible plan and helped me paint for 2 hours.

I let the couch dry over night and decided to start painting again the next morning.

It’s amazing what a few hours of sleep will do, and I came to my senses overnight. I decided to give it one more chance and I sat down on the couch. If it was everything I hoped it would be, I would finish the job.

The couch is CRUNCHY. It’s terrible. I would NEVER want to sit on this couch and read a book or relax.

PROJECT FAIL. Good times.


Take my advice, don’t paint a couch.



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