We've needed a new sofa for a while now. Seems like I've been trolling craigslist forever. Nothing suited my style, my budge or my needs (my husband is super tall and his feet always hang uncomfortably over the ends of sofas). Then last weekend I went on Kammy's Korner and she raved about this resale shop close to me so I decided to check it out. This place was huge (They had a fire truck on sale for $15,000!). I found this 1950's sofa.
It's frame was good and sturdy but the cushions were terrible. They were thin and covered in this itchy ugly orange and brown stripe fabric. The fabric on the cushions was a different color brown from the fabric covering the bottom of the frame and from the color combo I'm guessing the cushions were redone sometime in the 70's. You should have seen the looks my daughter gave me when I stopped and plopped down on it to test it out. I stood over it for a while scratching my chin. It is in two parts so I was pretty sure that I could fit it in the truck. It was stickered at $45. I decided to see if I could talk the guy at the counter down. I brought him over and told him my plans to replace the cushions completely as they were so thin and asked him if he could help me out and come down some. He asked me how $35 would be. I said wonderful. He helped me load it into the back of my truck and tied it down for me. My daughter and I made a b-line for Joann fabrics. Low and behold it was my lucky day. Upholstery fabric was 60% off! Pillow forms were 50% off! Kimberly and I tested out the four inch foam and the five inch but I decided I could recover the cushions from our old couch with the new fabric and just get new cushions for the back of the couch. I went with 24" pillow forms. I originally got four but ended up getting a fifth pillow for the back to give it a fuller look. I went with a blue tweed upholstery fabric. I originally got 4 yards but had to go back the next day to get another 3. When I went back, the fabric was no longer on sale. I explained my situation to the manager at the fabric counter and begged for the sale price. She let me have the fabric at the sale price... $13.99 a yard (as opposed to $34.99 a yard!). Because I spent over a $100 on Sunday I got two $10 off a $10 or more purchase. I used those to get zippers for the cushions and ScotchGuard (A MUST with kids). When all was said and done I spent a total of $192.00 for the couch. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The frame cleaned up nicely with a darker finish on it. This is my biggest upholstery project to date. Of course, most of it was just sewing cushions since it is a wood frame but I'm still pretty proud of how it turned out.
Here is a close up.
Much better than my home made couch that we lived with for a while.
So, what do ya think?