Lightening the Stain on Sofa Legs

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I recently lightened up the stain on our sofa legs, and it was so much easier than I imagined!

Come see how simple it was to lighten up the stain on our sofa legs!

Today’s post isn’t the prettiest, but I wanted to share it with you guys in case anyone else is in the same boat!

Are there little things in your home that bother you, even though no one else probably ever notices??

No? Just me? 

Well, I finally took care of one of those little things that I have always wanted to change, and I’m so happy about it!

Whenever I post pictures of my living room on Instagram, I get questions about my couch. We got it at a furniture store here locally, but the couch itself is made by Craftmaster Furniture.

I fell in love with our couch because of the relaxed lines on the arms and the beautiful gray upholstery it had. It felt modern yet still casual and cozy.

A photo of our living room from last summer

The only thing that I never liked about our couch were the legs. Yes – those tiny, two inch legs that probably no one ever noticed but me. Ha!

They were stained a dark cherry/mahogany color that was beautiful, but just didn’t fit our home’s style. 

A photo of our living room from last summer

Don’t get me wrong, I love mixing wood tones! I don’t think everything has to be match-y match-y. All the tones in my house are just much warmer and lighter. I have nothing dark or cherry toned in my house at all. 

SO I randomly decided to do something about those little legs. I flipped my couch on its back and my first thought was to remove the legs and work on them downstairs in our basement.

For whatever reason it was extremely difficult to loosen the screws that were so deeply  recessed into the couch, so I decided to work on them while they were still attached. 

Lightening the Sofa Leg Stain – Step 1

I simply took some 80 grit sand paper and began sanding off the finish in the direction of the wood grain. To my surprise, the finish came right off!!

DIY guide to lighten the stain on our couch legs

I followed up with some 120 grit sand paper just to smooth the surface, and then cleaned the leg with a damp wipe.

DIY guide to lighten the stain on our couch legs
DIY guide to lighten the stain on our couch legs

Lightening the Sofa Leg Stain – Step 2

Next, I dipped a tiny portion of my rag into some “Early American” stain by Minwax, and I really worked the stain into the wood making sure to wipe off any excess.

DIY guide to lighten the stain on our couch legs
Early American stain by Minwax
Early American stain by Minwax

Guys, this whole project took about 30 minutes! Something that has bothered me for so long finally feels right. 

Huge difference, right? 

Before and after lightening the stain on our sofa legs

I love that the lighter stain has a more rustic, casual look now.

Before and after lightening the stain on our sofa legs

I can’t wait to share some photos of our refreshed living room with you guys. I told you a while back that we repainted it using “Halo” by Benjamin Moore and I just love the new color. I switched up some decor as well including a new DIY sign for above the couch and a new coffee table!!

Lots of fun changes – I’ll be sharing them all with you very soon!

Thanks for stopping by sweet friends!! 🙂

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Come see how simple it was to lighten up the stain on our sofa legs!

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2 Comments

  1. I’m so glad it’s not me! Just bought a second hand sofa, but overthe past couple weeks. No matter how hard I try to ignore, my eyes keep going to the dark base. Excited to try!

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