Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Au Revoir Plaid Couch!

"A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music plaid used to make me smile frown..."

Look at how small and cute Mia was!
In May of 2011, Dan came across this couch and chair set at a garage sale and he fell in love with them. He tried his hardest to convince me that they would look great in our new house and yet I wasn't sold. After a lot of talking, we finally agreed that we could purchase them (for the low cost of $40) as long as we could fix them up. It was decided that we would strip and stain them, as well as reupholster the cushions.

Dan loved the light colour of the wood and the plaid. He would have left them that way forever if he could have. But not me, they were gross and grungy and I wanted improvement.

That first winter (2011/2012), we worked hard on sanding them down and re-staining them.

And painstakingly chose the perfect stain colour. I think it was the third can we bought before we were actually 100% happy with it.

But it was totally worth the time and effort, because the new darker stain looks so much better than the old peeling light stain. At least that's my opinion.

The staining was done in winter of 2012 and I had every intention of getting to the cushions that year. But I didn't. So we put up with the plaid for two years.

This summer, determined to actually cross this off my goals list this year, I asked my mother-in-law for help. One of the reasons why I had put it off for so long was because I really had no idea where to start.

So Joanne (mother-in-law) came over a couple weeks back to take measurements of the cushions and figure out what supplies we needed and how much to buy. Then we headed off to Fabricland to choose some material!

Which is way harder than I thought it would be. We narrowed it down to three choices and I'm really pleased with the one we ended up with.

Option 1

Option 2
Option 3
Once we had all of our supplies, we scheduled our "sewing day" and I excitedly started envisioning how awesome our living room would look once the plaid was gone.

Last Tuesday, Joanne came over bright and early and we got ourselves set up at the kitchen table for our day of sewing.

Since I had no idea what I was doing, it took us a little longer to get started. But pretty soon she had me making the zippers for all the cushions while she put her focus on making the actual covers.

We worked for a good 7-8 hours the first day and were pretty pleased with our progress. By the end of day one, we had all the bottom couch cushions and the foot stool done.

We figured we needed almost another full day to finish everything off so we arranged for her to return on the Thursday. Except we all know how the rest of last week went and Thursday ended up being surgery day for me.

But fortunately I have the best mother-in-law ever and she returned to finish the cushions without me. So basically she did 98% of the work for these cushions. But, I did do all nine zippers! It was pretty awesome coming home from spending the day in the hospital to see my fabulous couch looking so good.

Doesn't it look so much better than the plaid? I'm so happy with our fabric choice and I'm so happy with how it looks. It just fits with our style and house better than the plaid ever did.

Dan is sad to see the old covers go but I'm totally not. And Mia is excited that it's off the couches too.

So what about you? Do you prefer the plaid or the pretty new fabric? Have you ever reupholstered a couch before? Did you have help or did you do it yourself?

And just because I love staring at it, one more picture.

Okay, now I'm done.


  1. I love the new couch! And your MIL needs to give me some tips on how she does her piping...looking good!!

    Hope youre feeling a bit better (physically at least). xoxox

  2. Oh Look at you go!! I really need to refinish my couch sometime - make it more modern looking. This really brightens up your living area a lot!!

  3. Yay! I LOVE IT. Joanne rocks! And so do you - those zippers do like mighty fine, lol.

  4. Love love love it! and how awesome of your MIL!

  5. Casey - Thanks! I was totally impressed with her piping skills. I saw her do it so I know a little more than I did, but since I didn't actually attempt to do it myself, I wouldn't feel confident in telling you how to do it. Have you tried Google? And I am feeling a little better, thanks for asking.

    Jessie - Thanks! It only took me 2 years to actually do it. :P

    Vicky - Thanks for the zipper compliment, I do think they look pretty awesome. :D

    Jenek - Thanks! And yes, MIL is awesome.

  6. Love the new fabric, great pic!
    Mrs. Lopez of Loving Life In Pink

  7. They look amazing!!! I love them.

  8. Kevin has reupholstered a couch before (many actually, as he worked in an upholstery shop for a year) and he did it by himself. I have sewn a frog...with help.
    Looks great Jennie, I thought the plaid was fun and I thought you might have chosen the zebra looking material in reminiscence of the old zebra couch! :P

  9. Mrs. Lopez - Thank you! I'm really happy with our fabric choice too.

    Christina - Thanks! I love them too!

    Jackie - Kevin must have some mad talent. And I love that you made a frog. :D I'm still sad that Dan made me give up my heirloom couch, maybe that's why I don't feel bad making him get rid of the plaid.

  10. This is really nice, it looks like a brand new piece of furniture!

  11. Love! Love! Love! Excellent choice in print, Jenn! :-)

  12. Erin - Thanks! It definitely looks totally different than what we started with.

    artistmouse - Thank you! Every time I look at it, I love it a little more.