Monday, January 14, 2013

My Bargain Sofa

Well it took me forever, but I finally finished the sofa that my husband and I bought at an auction for a whopping - you won't believe it - TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!  Yep, you heard me correctly, I said TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!  as in $25, as in twenty-five $1 bills, as in two $10's and a $5.  Uh-huh, that's right, $25.  And just in case you didn't hear me, I said TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!!!

Everyone thought we were crazy!  Purdy it wasn't, but oh-so-comfy it was!  People are going to be so jealous because after I worked my magic this is what it looks like now!


Isn't it the coolest thing evah?!!  Well, you wouldn't have thought so if you had seen it in the beginning.  I mean, really, would you have paid more than TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS for this (minus the fat cat, he didn't come with the sofa, but he thinks it's comfy too!):



So what did I do to make it look like it does today you ask?

Well, originally I tried to paint the fabric using a method that I found on Pinterest, and truthfully I think it would have worked had I been painting it a darker color, but I was trying to paint it white and and after four coats some of the color still showed so I decided to scrap that idea.  I wish it had worked tho, 'cause I loved the way it looked, like a woven tone on tone damask design and was quite lovely!  But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.  Besides, I wanted something really soft, and durable, something I could take off and throw in the washer (have I mentioned that I am the ONLY female in my house, including our three cats??? - I NEED washable!!)  I also needed something cheap inexpensive since I would have to pay someone to make the slip covers for me because, unfortunately, I do not sew (because my momma gave me a phobia when I was a little girl about running my fingers under the needle of the sewing machine, its all her fault!).  So what is that lovely white fabric I used you ask???  Well, it is none other than a drop cloth that I washed and bleached.  Yep, you heard me right, a drop cloth!  I absolutely LUV it!!  It is so soft!  



Since it did not require any sewing I was able to do the bottom and the back myself.  Now, when you look at the photos, please keep in mind that I am in no way a professional when it comes to upholstery, faaaaaarrrrr from it!  But this was fairly simply, I just stapled it in place and then glued the gimp on to cover the staples.  Easy, peasy!

  


Before I did the upholstery I made up a home-made chalk paint and painted and distressed the frame.  After distressing the fame I used an antiquing glaze to give it some character (like it needed more character! ha!).  After it dried I applied two coats of polycrylic. 



Also, because it was so low, my husband removed the original legs and replaced them with these that we found at Lowe's.  I loved the original legs, and being short I was actually more comfortable with the lower stature of the sofa, but it was shorter than the sofa table behind it and that bugged me. 


So, that's the story of my bargain sofa.  Just goes to show that you don't always have to spend a fortune to get something that looks like you did.  Just remember, sometimes the beauty isn't apparent at first glance, and if you don't look closely enough, and if you aren't willing to take a chance you just might miss out on the best bargain of your life. 

Peace-n-Luv!
Debbie

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61 comments:

  1. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!
    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

    Love drop cloths. Right up there with wood
    pallets. lol

    I covered a daybed with one and I love it too. Your
    paint job is FANTASTIC. You go girl!

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    1. thank you! the plus side to the drop cloth is that I can use what's left over for a DROP CLOTH - ha!
      Peace!
      Debbie

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  2. Debbie,
    WOW!!! It looks outstanding...what a beauty you have here:) Hope all is going well with ya...we need to get together for lunch sometime soooooon.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'll post it on your Nifty Thrifty Party, but might do it later. Might do some Mardi Gras stuff first. Things are good, and we most definitely need to get together for lunch soon! Tell your family I said hello!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  3. That is beautiful! I love to go to Estate Sales I sure could use your eye when seeing some of these treasures!
    Mary Ann

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    1. Thank you! I love going to Estate Sales too, but I have to restrain myself because sometimes I have too much vision - lol!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  4. Debbie, You never cease to amaze me! Very nice. That is a huge sofa! Great job! Would love to see it in person.

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    1. Thanks Lu! Come on by anytime and sit a spell!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  5. awesome! what a deal and it looks fab!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it was quite a bargain, even with having to pay someone to make the slipcovers. And you would not believe how comfortable it is!! Thanks for stopping by, come back soon!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  6. Very cool! And what a brilliant idea to change the height by changing the legs! I've seen/tried so many old sofas and been put off by the low height, but changing the legs is genius! I've redone 2 vintage lounge suits and recovering them is really easy. Lucky I sew (or not) so I did the cushion covers too. It took forever and they were huge jobs but the result and after profit was well worth it. Love your lounge! Thanks for sharing. x Julie P.S. Love you to pop over to my blog too. www.restylerelove.com.

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    1. Thanks! I really hated to change the legs because be vertically challenged it was actually way more comfy with the shorter legs, but it drove me crazy being shorter than the sofa table. Now I don't like the color of the sofa table and will probably end up moving it because I don't want to paint it - lol! Every time I think I want to learn how to sew I remind myself of all the things I don't have time to do now so why add more to the list. Plus, I've always had my mom to sew for me. But she is getting older and didn't want to tackle this job. In fact, she paid to have the slip covers made - she said she'd rather pay someone else just so she wouldn't have to do it - lol! Thanks for joining my little happy space, can't wait to check out your digs and share the luv!
      Peace,
      Debbie
      P.S. I have to admit I'm terrible at posting on the blog, so if you do Facebook be sure to like my page, I'm much better at posting there.

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  7. What a transformation. I love it! Great job

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    1. Thank you! and thanks for stopping by, hope you'll come back again!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  8. Wow! This is very inspriring. You did such a great job!

    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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    1. thank you so much! It is always a blessing to be an inspiration! Thanks for stopping by, come back again soon!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  9. Beautiful transformation! Drop cloth is my favorite fabric to upholster with. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff

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    1. Thanks! I luv the fabric, it is so soft and super durable. thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back again!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  10. What an awesome deal! I love the sort of antiqued white you went with, as it plays off that gothic/old church feel the couch has naturally. Fantastic find!

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    1. It really was an awesome find! We just got lucky, seriously. It was the last item to be auctioned and no one else wanted it, either they didn't have vision or they were out of money - lol! Funny thing was, my husband and I sat on it as soon as we arrived at the auction and we joked about how comfy it was, but had no plans to buy it. Sometimes things just work out. I like keeping my furniture neutral so that I can change color schemes easily with pillows, wall color, etc. Plus it just leant itself to white. Thanks for stopping by!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  11. Good Afternoon Debbie, Firstly can I say, I love your blog title, I'm much older than you and was a "Flower child" in my youth.
    I adore what you have done with your chair, it looks very French and gorgeous.
    I have found you via Kim's Wow us Wednesday and have enjoyed reading your blog that I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you over for a visit to Ivy, Phyllis and Me when you have the time.
    Have a lovely day.
    Sending you best wishes from England
    Daphne

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    1. Wow! a new follower all the way from England! thank you so much! I was born in the 60's and grew up in the 70's, but was a little too young to really "experience" the era if you know what I mean - lol! I am so glad you have enjoyed reading my blog. I admit that I'm not the best at posting, but when I do it is usually entertaining - lol! Thanks for following and I can't wait to check out your digs!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  12. that is amaaaaazing! great job on it (and you are lucky to have a hubby who sees your vision, mine would be like you want what now?!)

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    1. lol! Mine hasn't always seen my vision, but now that people actually pay me for my ideas he's kind of come around. He doesn't even say anything about all the projects all over the house anymore - lol! Thanks for stopping by, hope you come back again!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  13. That is one of the most amazing transformations I've ever seen - seriously it belongs in a magazine - just GORGEOUS!!!!
    XXX

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    1. OMGosh! aren't you sweet!! thank you soooo much!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  14. Fabulous transformation! Its hard to believe this wasn't done by a professional!
    Now following and can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! and thank you for following! I'm not the best at posting, but when I do its usually entertaining! (BTW, if you do Facebook I'm much better at posting there). Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  15. This made my day - creative, inexpensive, and gorgeous!!!!! I have four sons (only one left at home) so I hear ya about being in the minority! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi!
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. WOW! FOUR boys! blessings to you! My sister-in-law had 3 boys, all 2 years apart - it was quite an adventure! lol! Thanks for stopping by and I'll be sure to check out your happy place.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  16. Wow, a sofa that two adults can both stretch out on. And for only $25?! You did an amazing job rehabbing this. Well done!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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    1. Yes, and best of all it super comfy!! I'd be happy to join your party, thanks for inviting me!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  17. Debbie, What a great transformation! You did a wonderful job on the sofa. Thank you for sharing your project at the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

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    1. Thank you so much! Luv your blog! thanks so much for hosting the party.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  18. this is uber fabulous,thanks for sharing

    http://earn4refer.com/ref.php?page=act/ref&invcod=269578

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  19. How wonderful.. I have to also be careful as I get carried away, my hand won't stay down for some reason.. ;)
    I would love to know how you made your home made chalk paint?

    Thanks again and looking forward to your next blog. Susan

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    1. Thanks! I'm afraid I don't use a recipe for the chalk paint, its kind of like cooking and I've done it so much now that I just kind mix it til it looks right. You can look it up on line tho. I mainly use Plaster of Paris, but I have used Calcium Carbonate also, both worked about the same. The PoP is more cost effective so I mainly use that. I do sift the PoP and mix it with warm water. Make sure you mix it really well! Then I mix it into my paint. You should be able to Google it to get the measurements. Hope that helps! Happy Painting!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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    2. Hi Debbie, thanks so much! I'm a new follower from Britain, now living in Malta.. looking forward to reading more.. wonderful!
      Susan

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  20. I have heard of people using the drop cloths for slip covers and you're only the second person I've read that said to wash in bleach and sew or whatever with them.
    Is that all there is to it?
    I definitely want to try this!
    ...cool idea to switch out the feet too. I currently have a dream couch and chair waiting to be recovered...and wouldn't chop the feet off; but am wondering about height.

    I came here from FJI, nice to meet you, Pat

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    1. Yes, that's all there is to it! I did put in quite a bit of bleach and soaked for several hours, but only because my other furniture had white canvas slip covers and I was trying to the get the whites to match a little better. After you wash and dry it the fabric is super soft and has a nice linen like look to it. It was scary cutting the legs off, but I really had no choice, the sofa was a good bit shorter than the sofa table and looked funny. Besides, at $25 what did I have to lose? Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll come back again soon!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  21. Wow that is gorgeous! I am so inspired I want to run out and find an old sofa! I love that you had someone make the pillows (that is surely the hard part!) Your paint job is beautiful, the sofa couldn't be better!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you so much! I had no choice but to get someone else to do the slip covers since I do not sew, and my momma refused to do it (she actually gave me the money to have them made - she said she'd rather pay to have someone else do it - lol!) Thanks for stopping by!
      Peace,
      Debbie

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  22. I found a similar sofa - mine was $65. :) I plan to do the same sort of treatment to mine, after my son and grand dog move away. The dog thinks it's her throne. I also tried painting mine with fabric paint,without great results. I might try latex wall paint, which might work while the dog is still here...hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration!
    -Revi

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    1. Well, $65 isn't a bad price either! I did use latex paint. There is an additive you can put in (sorry can't remember the name, but I got it at Hobby Lobby) that helps soften the finish when it dries. It actually worked petty well. My only problem is that I was using white and it just wouldn't hide all the colored stripes underneath. If not for that it would have worked beautifully!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  23. OH...MY...GOSH!!! I love it! $25 Dollars! It was to your benefit that it WAS ugly and no one had the vision that you did. Congrats!
    Angie

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    1. It was definitely our lucky day! Thanks for stopping by!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  24. very impressive - what a great vision and follow through

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    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  25. Wowza. You are amazing and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how that sofa turned out. Yay for you. Thanks for sharing.
    p

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    1. You are so sweet! Thank you so much for always being so supportive! Thanks for hosting the party.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for visting, hope you come back again soon!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  27. That is one GORGEOUS transformation! You rescued it! Love, love, LOVE it!

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    1. Thank you so much! We love it too!!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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