Note we didn’t just drape it over the arm of the sofa (like you often see).
Instead we used it to cover and lighten the upholstery, while eliminating the “crack” between the sofa cushions.
If you're sick of your sofa but aren't quite ready to ditch it, these simple tricks can give it a fresh look.
Now, in all fairness, the couches featured in the photos of this post are hardly unattractive.
But they still illustrate principles you could use on your not-as-attractive couch to try and make it seem a bit better (if at the very least a bit different).
Lo and behold, in the stack was a can of “Emerald Lake” paint that was JUST what I was looking for!
Seriously, I opened that can of paint and gasped out loud – it was like I opened the can and heard angels singing a chorus of Hallelujah! Unfortunately, that can of paint was a high gloss exterior paint, so I took the formula down to Home Depot and had them color match it in an interior satin.
Lately I’ve seen painted sofas, couches, loveseats and chairs of all sorts popping up on Pinterest.
My imagination was sparked, and I knew immediately that I wanted to attempt to paint a dingy old Ikea loveseat that had previously lived in my boys’ playroom.
Don't worry if you can't spend the big bucks on updating your furniture yet — there are plenty of fast and easy ways to refresh your home on the cheap.
Use these thrifty finds and innovative solutions to make the most of what you already have.
(See also: Where to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture) Plain white IKEA curtains (or equivalents from other stores) are cheap and go with everything, but don't always pack the most stylish punch.
Update that pair of curtains by adding a few yards of trim — be it pom-pom trim, craft store ribbon, or a strip of colorful fabric.
This is what our staging team did to this sofa to make it look more current and stylish. Next, we scoured the house for pillows and throws/blankets.