I am sorry for being MIA. 2017 has been kicking my booty work wise and home/ blog has taken a back seat.
However, I am back with a vengeance, featuring a fun DIY that has been a show-stopper in my home and is so easy to duplicate.
My sweet hubby always gives up the couch during our weekly ritual of TV watching. Because I’m so loving (lol), I set out to find another couch for me to sprawl out on so we could both be comfortable. The space I had in mind for the couch is a shorter wall. I had a patterned chair there beforehand, so I knew a full size couch would not work. Not only that, but it is literally the first wall you see when you walk into the house, so I needed something aesthetically pleasing.
I embarked on my journey for a setee/loveseat. Of course, I had my eyes on some gorgeous ones like the photos below. But at a $500 or more price tag, I knew I couldn’t (and shouldn’t) swing it.
Sources: Pinterest and Wayfair
I scoured Craigslist until I came across the ad below. Listed at $35, it was the shape and design I wanted but with all the wrong colors.
I offered $25 cash and a pick up that evening, and it was ours!
I first decided to paint the wood. Now, this was still during my early days of chalk paint so I lightly sanded it, thinking the paint would grab better. I know now that I could have painted over it without sanding, and it would have worked. I opted for Annie Sloan’s French Grey. I sealed it with the clear wax first, then doubled over it with the brown wax. There is some fun details on the legs that the brown catches. I loved the result and kept it heavy.
Now, I’m sure I am stating the obvious, but make sure to do the painting step BEFORE having your furniture recovered. I definitely got paint on the fabric, which would have broken my heart had I already recovered it with a new textile.
After I finished painting, I loaded up the settee and began barreling down the highway with my husband’s truck in an attempt to beat the rain that day.
I was the girl pulled off at the gas station and tried covering the loves eat with a bundle of donation clothes that were on their way to Goodwill. I lost a leopard skirt somewhere on the highway. 🙂
One of my goals down the road is to learn how to recover furniture, but in the meantime, I’ll leave it to the professionals.. I work with a woman just outside of Saint Louis who is fairly inexpensive. I opted for a cream duck cloth (available at most fabric stores) for durability, and I love the versatility of the color. For $275, my beautiful settee was finished!
All in at $275, I was still significantly less expensive than those I saw online. My husband finished the fabric with a coat of Scotch Guard to protect against spills and stains, and voila!
What DIY projects have you done lately? Share in the comments below!