Chalk Painted Couch

Chalk Painted Couch

Hey guys! Welcome back to another week! I’m pretty excited about this project. I bought this couch on Kijiji (my favourite as you know) for a whopping $60. Why does anyone buy anything new? Honestly. But it needed some updating. That floral print was just not doing it for me. So, what to do? What do I always do when faced with a design challenge? Chalk paint it, of course!


Everyone that I’ve told about this project thinks I’m joking, because who paints furniture right? I do! My main concern with this project was that it would change the texture of the fabric and make the couch uncomfortable. Well, the texture definitely changed but it isn’t uncomfortable, so that was a relief. It’s a little stiffer; I wouldn’t want to use it on my primary couch in my family room where I snuggle up at night and watch movies but it’s perfect for the living room. And it looks so great! I can’t believe how well the paint covered.


I apologize that some of the process pictures are a little dark. I didn’t realize it while I was taking them. All that matters really is the end result, anyways.

What you’ll need 

  • 1 part water for 1 part chalk paint
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth (this project is messy)
  • Low grit sandpaper


How to do it

  1. Mix your water and paint. For this couch I used a quart of paint and had enough for 1 full first coat and a good portion of the second coat (the front of the couch and the cushions.  I let the back and the sides slide for a second coat). I could have done a third coat to completely hide the underlaying pattern but I’m going to be layering throw blankets and pillows so I didn’t really see the point of buying more paint. 2 quarts would have done three complete coats though if you want to do this project for yourself.
  2. Spray the couch with water until it is damp but not soaked. This helps the paint spread more easily.
  3. Paint the couch. There isn’t too much to this step, all you do is paint away, there’s no specific pattern you need to follow or anything like that, just get ‘er done.
  4. Let each coat dry for 24 hours and then lightly sand the fabric to soften it up.
  5. Repeat for 2 or 3 coats depending on how much coverage you want.
  6. Sit on your couch on enjoy!


That’s it, not bad, eh? It was a little time consuming but the end result is really worth it. Keep posted for some DIY decorating that I’ll be doing in this room.

Also, I wanted to point out that the paint does NOT transfer. I’ve been sitting in there in white and there isn’t a hint of colour transfer so no worries if you’re going to take on this project.

10 thoughts on “Chalk Painted Couch

  1. Looks good. I like the aqua/mint shade a lot. Do you think the paint may fade in time? I guess you could just give it another coat if it does. The only thing wrong with this article is you didn’t shoot a pic of the dog laying on the new couch. 🙂


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