Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Couch part 1

I am finally covering up our couches. I don't have pictures yet, but I will soon. A couch is way more difficult to reupholster than a chair (of course). The demolotion is the part I hate...the part that makes me want to forget the whole thing! I am just trying to take it step by step so I don't do a mediocre job...the temptation is great because I need my couch back, but I'm just trying to remember not to rush through it. I will post a picture of how it looks at this stage.

The couch in question is a Martha Stewart Everyday couch we bought from K-Mart almost 3 years ago while still living in Virginia. I thought they were soooo cute, and since it was on clearance for $75 each, I bought two. I quickly assembled them, Ikea-style, and was impressed with how sleek and contemporary they looked. A couple of months later I found out why they were on clearance. While the frame itself is okay (you have to tighten the screws every so often), the upholstery fabric didn't fare so well. It was a dark color, which I thought would hide stains farely well, but no, it shows stains quite visibly. The worst part is, it's a very cheap polyester fabric that didn't stand up to just plain sitting, much less kids jumping and climbing on it. Within a couple of months, the fabric started to shred at the seams, so you could see foam underneath, and the surface started to pill a little.

We bought a couch and loveseat set from CL as a replacement, but those started to get dirty shortly thereafter (they were a cream color, and I should've known better, but I was in love). When we relocated to Ohio a few months later, we left them in VA, a decision I still regret to this day. Now I'm faced with either recovering our MSE couches, or buying a new set. Option 2 is not really an option, so here I am, recovering. Thank God for 50% off fabric sale at Hancock!