There’s nothing I love more than a bargain. We could be millionaires and I’d still do whatever I could to get the best deal. The closer to free, the better in my opinion! A DIY project sweetens the deal. With Pinterest, I feel I can tackle anything. I’ve never reupholstered a couch – now is a good time to learn, right?
I gave myself a budget of $100 for a couch and started stalking Craigslist. Back in Arkansas you could pick up used furniture on the cheap – $20-$40 for a couch. Here they seem to hold value or something like that (check out this $450 coffee table with ring stains) since I couldn’t find anything decent under $300. I wasn’t budging on my $100, though.
Persistence pays off! Three months later a couch and two chairs for popped up for $100. We hit the jackpot. Despite the dated slipcovers and even though the set was about 12 years old, the lines were modern and it was in great condition. We cleaned it up, sanitized it, then headed to Joann’s where they were having their 60% off upholstery sale. Thank you, God, for your perfect timing! I picked out a bold pattern – I love loud, obnoxious patterns.
The first order of business was consulting Pinterest. I ran through various blogs and YouTube videos, then attacked the couch. It honestly was quite easy with the exception of the ultra-time-consuming front of the armrests. You just have to tinker with it. It took about six hours to cover the frame. The top cushions were easy – the front panel is the patterned fabric with the back being deep purple corduroy – closure is an envelope fold with a few patches of velcro. The seat cushions are the same two fabrics as the top cushions. I didn’t have a pattern, so did the seat cushions on the fly. Biggest pain in the butt ever. It would be around $150 to have them done professionally. If you’re taking on a similar project and don’t know how to or enjoy sewing, just pay a professional.
As for the chairs, I covered the cushions the same as the couch and left the chairs as they were. I don’t want things too matchy-matchy and too apartment-y, so I like it this way. I am so in love with this couch. It’s eight feet long (fits the hubby) and the best spot in the house for a nap. It’s everything I dreamed it would be. All said and done, we have about $200 in the couch and chairs total. I don’t know how long this will last with two littles, but the beauty of it is that I can recover them when needed. For now it’s no big deal to strip down the cushions to wash the covers as needed.
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