Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The De-70sing

a few months ago, Spicy and I got a couch at the thrift store for $30. it's larger than our old one and more comfortable but it had the most heinous cushions that were the worst of both worlds--both ugly and scratchy.

i bought some organic cotton duck which ended up costing more than the couch. i prewashed all 6 yards and had it ready to go. then it sat for a couple of months because nothing is more boring than making couch covers.
Couch Cushion Covers
finally a couple of weekends ago i decided to tackle the task. i consulted this tutorial but pretty much ended up doing it my own way in the end. i made 4 covers but was temporarily put off by one of the zippers breaking (D'oh!). i ended up slipstitching it closed b/c i didn't want to rip out the old zip and put in a new one. so one of the back cushion covers is less than conveniently removable. oh well.
Couch Cushion Covers
last weekend i sucked it up and made the final 2. i can't believe how much better the couch (and by extension, the living room) looks now. i'm also happy with how well the blue works with the grey walls. it looks great with a variety of quilts as well. hopefully i won't get tired of it any time soon.

now if i could just break down and re-cover my poang chair. maybe i'll find the motivation before the year is up.

11 comments:

  1. Oh yes, much better!!!  And the blue will be hard to spy cat hair on.  ;-)

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  2. The blue is WAY better! It really brightens up your room. Nice job! I love all of your pretty patchwork.

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  3. this looks great sara!  i bet it is super comfy!  
    i love how bright and happy it looks! 

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  4. That is so great!  I wonder, was it difficult or just fussy?  I'm going to have to do this at some point sooner rather than later I think.

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  5. no, it's not at all difficult to do. just boring. the threads tutorial provides a pretty good explanation.

    Sara

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  6. Wow, that is so impressive! Love how it looks with your quilts and pillows!

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  7. Wow, it makes SUCH a difference! Very cool, Sara! And your wall looks so festive! Also, there's always money in the banana stand.

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  8. Much better with the happy colors!

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  9. That couch looks amazing - you've done such a good job. Plus I love all your quilts hanging on the wall - so pretty!

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  10. What a fantastic transformation.  Way to buckle down and get those last two cushions finished.  It was so worth it!  The blue does look amazing with your quilts. 

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  11. WOW - what a remarkable do-over! I LOVE your living room with all the bright beautiful quilts (and thanks for the idea of hanging small quilts on a line!

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