Do you have an IKEA sofa with boring furniture legs? It’s so easy to spruce up your IKEA sofa legs with a little paint or stain – here’s how we did it on our IKEA Karlstad sofa.
No, Corey and I haven’t been tanning (although, I sure could use it!). We’ve been staining.
What have we been staining, you ask? I’ll give you a hint.
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Does anything in that photo stand out to you?
Maybe the so-light-they-practically-glow legs on our couch?
Because oh my goodness, they stood out to us. And made me cringe a little every time I saw them.
Eventually, Corey and I would love to replace the legs of our couch with something else – maybe some stainless legs like Manhattan Nest has on his Karlstad sofa? Or possibly even some tapered, mid-century legs like these from Our Mid Century?
But, until we actually go out and buy the new legs, we figured we could go for an easy (and free, since we already had the stain) makeover for the legs.
How to Stain IKEA Karlstad Furniture Legs
The beautiful thing about IKEA furniture legs is how easy they usually are to screw off! All you’ve got to do is rotate the sofa legs until they pop off, then take them outside to stain (or paint) them.
When staining, I’ve found the best method is to brush the stain on with a foam brush, let it sit for 5-10 minutes (longer if you want a darker color) and wipe off the excess stain with cheesecloth. I’ve tried using other materials, like dishcloths and t-shirts, but cheesecloth is the only thing I’ve found that rubs the excess stain of easily without leaving any sort of residue.
We used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, which is my favorite stain color ever. It’s gorgeous.
We gave them two quick coats of stain, not letting the stain sit for too long either time.
And now? I totally don’t cringe when I look at the couch.
It may be a small change but we feel like it looks so much better. I absolutely adore the new look and I feel like it really helps the couch feel more integrated with the rest of the room.
Also? Please ignore the disgusting carpet. It’s nasty to begin with, and we’ve been enjoying a lot of fires in the fireplace lately due to the freakishly cold weather, so we’ve got some extra dirt and log debris floating around the living room.
We still plan on replacing the legs at some point, because we aren’t huge fans of the current shape, but it’s not nearly as high on the priority list anymore – I can definitely live with these legs for a while!
Have you made any little tweaks lately? More importantly, is anyone out there getting any color on their own legs? I’m starting to think I might blind people once I pull out my shorts again in a few months!