Perhaps easy is an overstatement, but as this is my 4th time doing it, I do feel like I’ve basically mastered the skill of unprofessionally reupholstering a couch without any skill. Here’s the story…
I rescued our tiny little couch from my office during a cross-town office move. It had been a completely pointless reception area couch that hardly ever got used and as we moved into a swanky new space it was deemed that all new swanky furniture was going to be brought in. The boss asked if anyone wanted the couch and I immediately squealed out a “pick me, pick me!” (No one else wanted this thing, so it was a done deal.) I got the intern to load it into the bed of his truck and drive it to my place. Easiest couch purchase ever.
I love this couch for reasons Moondoggie can’t understand. I love its unusual shape, its mid-century style legs, and its adorable “love seat” size. It was the ideal size for our pokey, 1 bedroom apartment at the time, and I loved the way it fit into our living room without swallowing the whole room as any modern sofa would have done. But I didn’t love the color, or the fabric. Not a problem. The broke, 26 year old version of me saw no reason that I couldn’t just recover the couch in a fabric I liked… That positive attitude was truly all it took. I went from this to this….
Then, after a year or so of the red, I wanted something a bit more 1970’s subdued – Avocado, natch! I followed the same process for recovering and voila! It was a whole new couch again.
We kept the avocado for several years, though I did actually re-do it with the same fabric a few years ago after someone left a giant ink stain in the center of the cushion. [The culprit was never convicted.] But about a month ago, I had the urge to change it up again. In our current place, we have the room to have a bigger couch (I have my eyes set on this one.) But I wasn’t ready to give up my favorite little love-seat sofa, and the expense wasn’t really in the cards so far this year, so I decided to do one more DIY reupholstery job.
This time, I selected a thicker fabric in a bright teal shade. While I adore the color and texture, the fabric wasn’t as malleable as the thinner versions I used before, making this round of couch-covering was actually the hardest yet! Lesson learned.
I switched up the throw pillows with a couple of citrus-colored round, pintuck pillows from Urban Outfitters and the final result is a truly happy looking couch that totally complements all the bold artwork in our living room.
While it may cost a bit of sweat and tears, I love that I can continue to breath new life and style into my little rescue couch and that, no matter the cover, it continues to look simply classic in my home!