Painting, Reupholstering and Slipcovers Ideas for Sofas
If you hate the fabric on the sofa and reupholstering isn’t an option, consider painting your sofa with a mixture of textile medium and paint!
Or you could stain it! Sounds a little strange, but on the right fabric, it can be an improvement!
Chalk paint is a surprisingly excellent paint choice for old, scratched-up leather sofas. Be sure to seal it after painting.
If you love the bones of your sofa and plan to keep it for a while, it might be a good idea to have it reupholstered professionally. Did you know that you can buy fabric at stores like West Elm and Crate and Barrel to use on your old furniture?
Or save money by reupholstering your sofa yourself, with drop cloth!
Have some reupholstering experience? Try changing the shape of your sofa slightly when you reupholster to make it more modern.
Or you could add buttons on the back cushions after you reupholster your old sofa.
Here’s an inspiring makeover of an old sofa that was found free on the curb! A great tutorial to follow if you need to reupholster a sleeper sofa.
If you only need to replace the fabric on select cushions (for example, due to a sharpie “accident”), you could cover only a few cushions with a cool fabric for a fun look!
Need to cover up your sofa immediately, with no fuss? Try draping a blanket or sheet over the sofa for a cozy, casual look.
For a more tailored look, invest in a slipcover for your sofa. The trick is to find one that fits your sofa well and finding a seamstress (or doing it yourself) to give it a tailored look with custom back cushion covers and other modifications.
But if you’re handy with a sewing machine, why not try sewing a slipcover yourself?
Here’s another great slipcover tutorial, this time for a chair. You’ll still find some great tips from this tutorial!
And here are some more great tips for sewing slipcovers from an experienced professional.
Whether you decide to have a seamstress complete your slipcovers or DIY it yourself, consider getting a second set of slipcovers for certain seasons. Check out this gorgeous and fun turquoise sofa slipcovers that are perfect for summer!
What if your old sofa isn’t the only style offender in your living room — maybe you’ve got a mismatched hodgepodge of furniture? Slipcovers to the rescue!