3 weeks ago, armed with nothing but confidence from watching Youtube videos, I set out on my first reupholstery project. This big brown couch!
Some backstory, our sunroom has been sitting bare and unloved for about 6 months now. We had a few odd furniture pieces in there, but nothing I really loved. In my dreams when I go to sleep I see a beautiful English Roll Arm Sofa in our sunroom that looks sort of like this:
In my dreams I have an endless supply of money and can buy all the English Roll Arm Sofas I want. In my real life, I have to get creative and make things work within my budget! As I was considering how I could get my hands on a roll arm sofa, I remembered a project my friend Courtney took on last year.
Believe it or not, the couch you see above used to be a big green couch, but Courtney transformed it from a thrift store find into a mid-century marvel! I mean, look at this! She’s a DIY wizard I tell you! When I saw the hours of work she put into transforming this couch, I promptly said “I don’t think I could do that.” But then I got desperate for a sofa, and a reupholstery project started to look better and better!
While doing a late night Craigslist search I came across this couch:
I know what you are thinking, Craigslist + Couch = Ewww. As luck would have it though, this couch is exactly like the type of used car you’d want to buy — owned by a Grandma and only used on special occasions. We snagged it for $200.
Here’s why I love it: The cushions are nice and deep, but more so look at those arms! They are roll arms! It’s exactly the shape I wanted in a couch, so all that has to change is the fabric. Since this is my first project, I opted for a simple fabric that is also durable AND machine washable (good thing, too because Fitz already threw up on it). I found the perfect fit in this army duck fabric which I got for only $4 a yard from a company called Big Duck Canvas! It’s really thick and durable, a little stiffer than I would like, but perfect for my project.
So far, I’ve made 5 of the 6 cushions and am planning to start the body this week. I have spent probably 40+ hours on it, or the equivalent of 3 seasons of the sitcom “Frasier.” It’s a great show to watch while you’re sewing, if you were wondering.
This being my first reupholstery project I am pleasantly surprised with how it’s been going. I haven’t run into anything too difficult yet, but of course I have a lot of work ahead of me. Have you ever reupholstered something before? What was your experience like?