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Transformation Tuesday

In 1992, I was pregnant with our first baby, and I decided it was time to upgrade from the castoff couch that we had inherited from my parents. So, we purchased a sleeper sofa in the ever-so-popular country blue color. Later, I wished I had chosen something more neutral since we ended up keeping the sofa much longer than I had anticipated. Two summers ago, when it was 16 years old, I decided to reupholster it rather than replace it, since we had two teenage boys and I didn't want to purchase a new one just to have it covered in pizza sauce and spilled soda. If you live in an all boy kingdom like I do, you'll know my distress.

So I was faced with the dilemma of figuring out how to bring the old sofa into a new millennium on the cheap. The old blue recliner lives in the family room now, thank goodness.

When my hubby and sons were off on a fishing trip, I headed to the nearest Mill's End Textile store for fabric. I ended up finding it for just $3 per yard and since it took about 10 yards to do, the whole couch at $30 was less than I'd spend on one of those bunchy looking pre-made furniture covers. 

I sewed and stapled and tugged until the sofa looked like this:
That makeover prompted others, of course. Who ever starts a makeover project without it turning into a much bigger one? I'll share other phases of the makeover in future posts. 

How about you? Do you have a piece of furniture that you just have to stick with for some reason, but you really hate it? Reupholstering is much easier than you think.


  1. Wow! Very nicely done! You should do a tutorial on reupholstering sometime :-).

  2. You did a wonderful job on your sofa. When I first looked at the picture before I read you recovered it, I thought you bought a new one. You deserve a big pat on the back.

  3. Great job! Love it! And I love the orange chair in another post you have as well!

  4. Pretty amazing, when I am ready to redo my couches, can I get your help? This is wonderful, and you make it almost sound too easy. :)



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