Did you know you can paint a couch?! Total game changer!

You see, when we first signed the lease on Confetti Land HQ back in March, I was scouring my local thrift shops for a super cool couch. I found one (for $150) that I loved the shape of, but the color was very…bleh. (As Desha Peacock would say, it wasn’t exactly in line with what I would consider my “Sweet Spot Style” 😉 ) But the shape was way cool, it had adorable tufted buttons, and the price was just right.

I debated for a few days on whether I should get it, even inquiring about reupholstery (quoted at $2,000…yeah I dunno about you, but that was WAY out of my price range!) and finally everyone was just like “Get it now and worry about the look of it later.”

So I did.

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{Photo by Anaise Prince}

So for a few months now I’ve been growing used to this beige monster, but a few weeks ago the genius Alonda of Designer Dwellings was over and nonchalantly told me she found this company online that sells paint for furniture. I immediately looked them up, and my heart did a little happy dance when I saw all of the amazing colors they offer.

Heirloom Traditions Paint has been in the paint manufacturing business for over 30 years, and they specialize in a chalk type paint in over 50 amazing colors

Once I saw their signature pink — named Marilyn’s Lipstick — I knew it was the color this Confetti Land couch was destined to be, so Alonda and I set out to transform it.


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We started by priming the couch and cushions with FAB!, Heirloom Traditions’ clear primer/sealer. We used the clear version to both prime and seal, but they also make a primer version that is tinted white if you have a heavy pattern to cover. This couch is about 8 feet long with a thick upholstery-type fabric, and we used about 4 and a half jars of FAB! to prime the entire thing.

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We let the primer dry overnight, and then started in on the pink goodness! It only took one coat of pink paint to cover, and we used about 1 & three quarters of the 32oz cans of Marilyn’s Lipstick.

Once that was completely dry, we used more clear FAB! to seal it, which only took about 1 & a half more jars. (Since the fabric is now painted and less absorbent, the sealer stretches a lot further).

We then used hot glue to add some confetti embellishments (using our signature Unicorn Dandruff mix, of course!), because a pink couch in Confetti Land needs some confetti. Obvi.


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I’m also super impressed with how well the paint covered, and now I keep looking at ugly furniture thinking it can be made any color I want! Next up? I’m thinking a purple office chair… 

Total cost of the couch?

Couch itself = $150.00

FAB! (6 jars) = $180.00

Marilyn’s Lipstick Paint (2 – 32 oz cans) = $60.00

Total = $390.00

That’s right — less than 400 bucks for all of this amazingness. Just think of the possibilities!

Want to see more of this baby in action? Check out the Pink Couch Lounge.