Before & After: An IKEA Clearance Sofa Becomes a Millennial-Pink Dream

Krys’s DIY project is almost too internet friendly too be true. An IKEA hack? That’s millennial pink? All for the low cost of $300? Think of all the extra money she saved for avocado toasts and Netflix subscriptions and other things millennials enjoy! In all seriousness, Krys’s project is majorly cool, relatively inexpensive and after a bit of trial and error, pretty easy.

From Krys: It all started with a standard KARLSTAD sofa from IKEA with a white slipcover that I got for less than $300 in the clearance section.

I’d been dreaming of a vintage pink couch for the longest time, but couldn’t find one and all of the new ones weren’t my style or in my budget. I took matters into my own hands with a bathtub full of dye and new sofa legs.

The most challenging part was mixing up the right shade of pink. I actually had to use color remover and repeat the process after a mishap with the color formula. After that it was easy and took only a few hours from start to finish. The complete project cost around $300 total, that’s including the couch itself, dye, buttons, and legs.

I love everything about the after. I love the color, the tufting, the gold and white legs. It’s my dream couch!

Krys’s words of wisdom: Test your dye on scraps of fabric to make sure you have the color desired.

Resource list:

  • IKEA KARLSTAD
  • Rit Dye – Petal Pink, Lemon Yellow, Tan
  • Button covers
  • Upholstery string
  • Tapered Sofa Legs
  • White and gold pain

Thank you so much, Krys! You can see this project and more on Krys’s blog Melodrama.

Want to deep dive into Millennial Pink? Nancy tried to define and understand the color that’s everywhere.

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