Making it work.

We are right on schedule for finishing the other side of the house (squeals), but it might be one big ole empty 1/2 a house. We realized that our funds will be depleted and we will not be able to furnish it. Realizing that was a bit of a bummer. So the red couch I have been dreaming about for 7 years and all those cute little storage bins from Ikea that I have been eyeing for the kiddo’s playroom will have to wait. But instead of getting down, I decided to use what we have to “make it work.” Plus I’ve been on the lookout for any freebie on the side of the road to repurpose, repaint or reupholster. Reupholster? Yes, reupholster. Now I have never reupholstered before but I have heard its doable, so why not give it a shot. Plus this bloggy friend of mine has done it before and she has given me the courage to give it a try. Thanks girl! I figured I would take the old love seat that has been sitting on our front porch for years and use that as my trial run. It was in really bad shape and wasn’t worth saving anyways, so if I messed it up, no loss. Then I started searching for fabrics online but quickly realized how much upholstery and outdoor fabric costs, yikes. Then when you add the amount of fabric needed on top of that…yikesaroo! Yes, its still way cheaper then a brand new couch, but still way out of our budget. So I decided to just wait for a good fabric sale and put my reupholstering dreams on hold.

Well the other day we were driving by the local fabric shop and saw that all the upholstery fabric was on clearance at $1/yard…seriously?! I still cannot believe $1 a yard and even felt a little guilty for paying just a dollar…but obviously not guilty enough because I left the store with 17 yards of fabric. This is plenty of fabric to cover the love seat and a few chairs. It just so happened that one of the fabrics had the perfect shade of green in it, plus I love those the little squares! Unfortunately she only had a few yards left in it but I ended up finding the other purplish fabric to coordinate nicely with it. Not crazy about the purplish color but there is a tiny little bit of green in there and I will make it work somehow. Then I found this great lime green knit to match and just love how the green fabric brings out the greens in the other two fabrics…helping to tone the purple down a bit.
So that afternoon, my three helpers and I started pulling staples out. A few hours later I was taking the fabric and batting off. Unfortunately the batting was in such bad shape it had to be replaced…unfortunately adding a little more to the total cost of the project.
But I’m excited at how easy the love seat is going back together and it is already looking so much better! I’ll admit, I have run into a few tiny obstacles with the wrong sized staples and two nails that went right through the foam and out the front of the frame, but luckily my hubby has been there to bail me out. I definitely have a new appreciation for power tools and the powerfulness of them!
But really “making it work” is not so bad after all. It’s kinda working for me and has actually been a lot of fun. So have any of you reupholstered before? Any tips? What do you think of my $1 a yard fabrics and my new color scheme?

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  1. MJ @ 517 Creations says:

    What a deal!! I love those fabrics that you chose…way to make it work! :)

    I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. HOLY SCORE! I can't wait to see what you do with them!!

  3. kendascrafts says:

    What a bargain! I have not reupholstered anything, but I have a chair that I keep meaning to try it on. I really like your fabric choices and am looking forward to seeing your final product.

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    Looove the fabrics you got! $1- wowwww! I can't wait to see it! It is going to be awesome, I am excited for you!

  6. What a steal!!!! Can't wait to see the finished product and the finished side of the house. I think it's incredibly exciting that you and your husband are remodeling your own home.

  7. Kara @ Nest Candy says:

    That's a fantastic deal on the fabric! It's not like you were stuck with the really awful stuff that no one wanted. It's all very cute! Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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