Shopping for a new couch can be infuriating. As soon as you find the right shape, color and firmness, you're likely to find that it's several hundred — or even thousands — of dollars out of your budget. But when Krys from the blog started her search for a new piece, she had her eye on a she found in the clearance section of IKEA. Then she took that plain white couch and turned it into the millennial pink sofa of her dreams with just $50 more.
Since the Karlstad comes with a removable slip cover and wasn't a huge investment, she knew it was the perfect candidate for an IKEA hack. If you can't find a Karlstad in the clearance section, you'll be happy to hear that at full price, it's still under $500 at $399.
"The one I bought had a grey cover and my IKEA was sold out of the white slip cover," Krys told HouseBeautiful.com. "Luckily my best friend in Florida found one at her store and was able to send it to me."
Here's what it looked like before:
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Like most DIY projects, Krys's first try to dye it millennial pink with Rit Dye in "petal pink" ended up a little too hot pink so she used a color remover to get the slip cover back to white and started over.
This time she blended together several different shades of Rit Dye in "," "" and "."
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"I can't tell you the exact ratios of these colors that I used for my shade because I was constantly adjusting and testing the color," Krys says. "I want to say it was something like 4 parts pink, 1/2 part yellow, 1/8 part tan, but I'm not 100% sure so don't come back yelling at me if yours turns out gross. I also diluted it a lot more than the first time so the color would be more pastel."
While you might not be able to find it at your local store, Amazon does sell a that looks several shades lighter than the "petal pink" Krys originally used and might do the trick without having to mix a custom color.
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After getting the color just right, Krys spray painted $2 mid-century style furniture legs from Lowe's in gold and white and attached them to the base of the couch for a little extra detailing. We found similar ones on with free shipping.
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For the final touch, she added tufted buttons to the back of the couch by using a and thread and extra scraps of fabric she also found in the IKEA clearance bin.
All in all, the entire project cost less than $300 for an entirely original-looking couch. See more DIY details over at .