T: How am I ever gonna get those ugly things down the stairs and then what do I do with them…what a pain”
Me: Maybe you should just burn them! But what do you want for furniture up here?T: I want seating but something sort of modern and really comfy….I love these pink and gray pillows from Target and like the idea of grays and pink.Me: So would you still have a couch and the love seat?T: Yeah….but it will be a long time before that is in the budget…Maybe Craig’s List?Me: What if we tried to recover these?T: I HATE THEM! Look at the skirts….they are just awful!Me: Let’s go rip off the skirts and see what they look like!
Me: Here…just take the scissors and start on the skirt of the love seat…
T: Are you sure?
Me: What difference does it make….they can’t look any worse!
T: rippppppp…this is fun!
Me: You know….once you get the skirt off they don’t look so big….
T: Can you meet me at the fabric store next week?
T: I got here before you and I am bummed….I want something soft and gray, maybe velvet. There just isn’t anything. Let’s go to another store.
Me: Yeah, but let’s look around and get some ideas of what makes sense. Look at all the fabrics and get some feel for something you like even if it isn’t upholstery. What about wool?
T: Too scratchy
Me: What about denim?
T: Yuck……ohhhhh! Look at this soft gray stuff….it is exactly the feel….what is it?
Me: POLAR FLEECE…but really nice Polar Fleece…how much is it?
T: 8 bucks a yard…but it is really wide! Do you think it would work?
Me: Who knows…..but I bet it would….let’s DO IT!
Back at the house
Ripping, cutting, stapling, sewing, laughing, swearing, prying, stretching……
Success! And I actually like it better than the West Elm inspiration!
I had never thought of using polar fleece to cover furniture, but it was probably the easiest fabric I have ever used for this!
It stretches and is very forgiving….and sitting on the couches feels like sinking in to a wonderful, cozy blanket!
In fact….when my grand-niece sits here, you usually find her tucked in behind the cushions!
Cost: Under $100 for the couch and love seat
Time: wellll…..a bunch….probably all told….20 hours
Results: Priceless….given the fun we had!
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