Thursday, June 9, 2011

The reupholstered polkadot couch!

Ive posted about the couch from time to time..but I thought it would be easier to have it all in one here ya go friends
 Found this at the salvage yard.. paid 5 bucks for this and a matching chair..I saw the potential..but was dang scared...It sat in my garage for a year..and I finally got brave

another view.. I tacked back that spring hanging out on the bottom with a nail into the wood base on the bottom..these couches are made well

with pliers i start to take off the fabric.. the foam was in great condition except for that top part..which i just filled in with some batting and a hot glue gun.. so i kept the foam on..I threw away the old fabric.. Ithought I could use it as a pattern.. but I didn't end up needing it..also got rid of the buttons
 sanded and painted the wood in a creamy white from Benjamin moore then sanded around the edges with a piece of hand sandpaper for a little distressing
 I had ordered a huge bolt of fabric from tonicliving..they have great upholstery thats funky and cool..and comes right to your door .. I love online shopping. I got about 18 yards just to be safe. I just centered it in the middle of the couch and the middle of the fabric and pushed into the couch where the old pleats were still..Then my sister in law and i bought upholstery buttons and she sat on one side while i sat on the other and we threaded it back and forth.. tucking as we went along.. it was alot easier than it sounds

 use an upholstery needle thats long it will help they are at any fabric store
 it dosnt have to be perfect remember your going to tighten it later to make it all straight..sorry i didnt get pictures of this..but for the back or the couch..i got 4 pieces of posterboard..covered it with batting via hot glue gun..stapled it to the back wood base then draped fabric over it.
after the tufting staple gun the egdes to the top and cut off excess...
the cushions I had redone by my friend who is an amazing seamstress.. I know if you bring in pictures ect to a laundry mat most likely they know how to sew cushions ect.. I would've tried myself.. But i knew if this was an investment I wanted to have good cushions...that had zippers and could be removed to be washed.. So I hired an expert to sew my cushions
 I still neeed to glue gun some trim around the edges..havnt found the perfect kind yet but after thats done
 voila you have a family couch for 5 bucks from the junkyard
I wrote a letter and put it inside my couch so if anyone ever gets it and redoes it they will see the story behind this piece.. I know I'm a nerd..

Love Miss Bree

linking up too...



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  1. wow that looks like a lot of work, but you did an amazing job! it looks awesome!

  2. So cute!!! I love it!! Nice choice on painting the frame white, too! You're amazing, Bree!

  3. This is so yummy and you got it for $5? What a deal! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I love the lines on this piece and what fun fabric!

  5. love the fun new look of it loved it before but the new fresher look is awesome

  6. Your Sofa looks fabulous!! I love a good makeover story! how clever to put a message in the sofa! love that idea!

  7. Oh my goodness!!!! I want your sofa. It is so cute!!!! Great job!!!

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  8. Such a cute couch! You did an awesome job! Visiting from TT&J FB :)

  9. This is beautiful! And so brave of you to do. I just barely did a couch slipcover for my couch and did a tutorial for the cushions with zippers. It's really not hard, go check it out!

  10. Words cant express how I feel about this. I am amazed. I want one!!!! And the pillows, be still my heart!

  11. love, love, LOVE!!! Definitely a new follower!

  12. Wow!! It is beautiful!! You rock girlie!

  13. I love the new look of your piece. I love tufting, but so far I have not had a chance to try it. Thanks for the post.

  14. you only paid $5 for that?!!?! wow! great buy. if you like to "party" I hope you'll stop by and join in on my blog party too!

  15. Congrats on making CSI Top TEN! Me too and I blogged about your couch because I think it's so cool. To see it go to:

    Have a great day!

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  19. I bought a couch recently, it was also $5 and has wood trim. You can see it here, my question is, can't I just tack and glue fabric over top of it? Do I really need to take all the fabric off? Please answer, thanks!

  20. Hi! I also bought an antique wood trim couch for $5.00. My question is, do I really have to take all the fabric off? Can't I just re-cover it and tack, staple and glue the fabric on it? You can see the couch at the link below. Please answer, thanks!