I bet you guys thought I’d never finish my sectional… I was wondering myself. But I finally did it! Yay!
About a month ago I found this sectional for $50 on Craigslist. It is by Rowe, which is a pretty reputable company and for the price, I knew I was buying it. Now I always try to negotiate a better price except for when I find a deal like this.
I was a little nervous about the condition considering the price, but when I showed up with a truck and found a nice normal family with a really clean house it made me feel a lot better. I think most people would have passed this up based on the condition of the fabric, but I just had to laugh. The wife said the husband did all the patch jobs. Here’s why I laughed…
These patches were ALL over the sectional. I laughed because I could see the wife begging the husband for a new sofa and the husband getting out the glue gun and fabric patches and saying… SEE. It looks fine! It sounds like something my husband would do. 😉 Men. They just don’t want to spend money on furniture. As long as it’s functional…. it’s good to go. I know this from experience. There once was a cheap armoire… well that’s a whole other story. Anyway…
So when I told my husband I was buying a sectional for $50, he was more than willing to help me out. Because even he knew that was a steal.
Here is what I wanted to look like:
This one is from Restoration Hardware and runs about $4,500.
Here is one from Pottery Barn for around $3,500.
Personally, I was hoping for the color closer to the PB one, but it ended up much closer to RH sectional. Turns out finding 25+yards of gray fabric is really hard to do. I didn’t get my first, second, or third choice in fabric and to be really honest I am a little disappointed with the fabric in the end. The upholstery job is good, but the fabric color and cleanability isn’t my favorite. But frankly, I am just glad it’s done.
Here it is. I apologize for the pictures. They are not a very good quality.
The sofa looks dull right now without pillows, but I assure you I have some FUN fabrics to punch things up a lot! I learned the hard way the best way to go is a neutral, solid sofa is the way to go. About 10 years ago I bought a bright red sofa with fun vibrant flowers all over it and I was tired of it in about 2 minutes. This is when I first learned how to reupholster furniture though… so it was a good lesson learned in my case.
This sectional turned out pretty close to my inspiration pieces showed and all said and done I paid $150 for it total!! Massive savings to say the least. (The pillows in the picture are in the process of being covered in fun fabrics to go on the sofa!)
$50 for sofa
$25 truck rental
$75 fabric (including thread)
$0 for piping that I have had for years
Again… the before:
And the after:
On a side note, after the existing fabric basically disinigrated in my hands as I removed it from the sofa, I steam cleaned all the cushions. Also, it’s actually really comfortable.
I am not planning on doing a tutorial because the amount of time it would take to do a good quality tutorial would be tremendous and with 2 kids under the age of 2 plus one more (11 year old), I wouldn’t be able to devote the time to it right now. But do not despair!!! Because my girl Shelley from Custom Slipcovers by Shelley has an amazing DVD tutorial and she has been kind enough to offer me one to give away to you wonderful people. If you don’t win it, however, I highly recommend it because it is way awesome.
There are a few ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me what your next/first upholstery project will be.
2. Like Custom Slipcovers by Shelley on Facebook, leave a comment below that you’ve done so.
2. Like Designed to the Nines on Facebook, leave a comment below that you’ve done so.
3. Tweet, Blog, or Facebook about this giveaway, leave a comment that you’ve done so.
The giveaway will happen on Thursday evening at 9 P.M. MST. Thanks everyone… and check back in the next day or so for photos of the sectional with the fun new pillows!