I have been itching to take more than a iphone photo of this sofa for a few weeks, but we had VMD in NW AR and then 2 days after that we went to Florida for a family vacation and got back late Friday night. I had my gallery wall sitting on the floor for about 2 weeks prior to leaving on vacay, but I didn’t get it put up until after we got back. Most of the frames are empty and I’m still deciding whether to leave them that way or to fill them with art….
But I digress! I’m really here to talk about the green sofa!
It was so much fun working on something that I knew I would keep!
I did tons of research on all the different methods of painting fabric and felt confident using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I used Antibes Green with a splash of Aubusson Blue to tone down the brightness a bit. Then I mixed in a bunch of water (about a 50/50 mix) and started painting. The whole sofa took 3 coats and I used a little over 1 can of Antibes and about 1/4 can of Aubusson.
I made sure each coat was completely dry, so I waited at least 24 hours in between coats. After all that was done, I lightly sanded the fabric with 220 grit sandpaper. The reason I did that, was because the dried paint on the fabric made it pretty stiff. Sanding it lightly brought back the feel of fabric. Coarser grit would have caused fuzzies to develop and would have taken off too much paint on the raised floral pattern.
Lastly I waxed the entire thing with Annie Sloan Clear Furniture Wax. I think I used almost a whole can of clear wax, since I did some areas twice. The wax made the fabric, slightly more stiff (but not much) and gave it a sorta plastic/vinyl feel. After we’ve had in in our front room for a couple weeks and have been sitting on it more, the fabric has gotten softer. It isn’t as smooth as leather, but it also has a raised pattern, so that makes a difference. I was worried it would stay pretty stiff, but the seat cushions are already so much more pliable.
The answer is: NO! Absolutely not! The green paint actually dyes the fabric and the clear wax seals the paint completely and makes it water resistant even!
This sofa is available for local photographers to rent! Look how awesome it looks in these photo shoots by Jillian Farnsworth Photography! If you are interested in renting this sofa, please visit the Shop & Photography Prop Rental tab above for rates.
To jog your memory, this is what the before looked like:
I also stained the frame using General Finishes Gel Stain in Java, which was pretty easy. It made such a difference in the overall finished look and it only took me a couple hours.
So, what do you think? Have any questions? Ask away!
I might do a demo/tutorial on the process with the sofa’s matching chair, if there is an interest, so let me know!
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