During one of my trips to Deseret Industries (a local thrift store) I found this little settee. It looked very old and tired. I kept telling myself, “You don’t need it.” Where are you going to put it?” I walked away to look at some other stuff, but my eyes kept turning towards it.

Long story short, I could not pass up this $25.00 couch. When I sat on it (cushion not shown on the ‘before’ picture–I was already working on the cushion when I took the picture) I could not believe that the foam was in such good condition.

I did not have to replace any of the foam, which was a big plus since foam is very pricey. I spent about $30.00 in fabric plus the cost of thread and staples. I now have a brand new couch for $60.00 and it is sitting pretty in my home office.

Couch - before

sofa - after2

sofa - after1

It was a lot of work, but so worth it. If you liked this couch makeover feel free to share it with your friends!

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Beverly is a wife, mother of 5, a DIY enthusiast, grammar guru, and bread baking lover! For her free bread recipes visit https://simplywheatbread.com

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. heaneym

    Do you have any tips on reupholstery for a complete novice? I’m starting small with the seats of some dining chairs :)

    1. bzayas

      Wow, that is a hard question. My best advice that I can give you is to be really patient. Reupholstery takes time, and if you are rushed and want to see things finished right away, then you won’t really have fun with it. As far as your dining chairs, I assume they are removable, right? Make sure your fabric is not so stretchy that your pattern will look distorted on the front from all the pulling that takes place as you are stapling away. Pick a fabric that is upholstery grade – nice and thick- and not too stretchy. Lastly, when you staple, leave the four corners for last–secure one side in the middle and then go across and secure that side too. Do the same thing with the other two sides. Then start pulling lightly and stapling from the middle of the side towards the corners, but not all the way. Doing it this way will keep the piece of fabric nice and straight while you are working with it. If the pattern on the fabric varies, make sure you select what part of the design you want emphasized on the seat and cut the fabric where it needs to be cut to achieve that. Let me know if you have any other questions!


      1. heaneym

        That was really helpful and I’ll keep it in mind when choosing material. I’m looking forward to trying it now. Thanks for taking the time to write such an indepth reply! Maeve

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