Friday, September 27, 2013

THE $30.00 EMPIRE COUCH MAKEOVER

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of September.  We are experiencing a bit cooler mornings here in the south.  Where does the time go?



On one of my older blogs, dated February 22, 2013, I showed the $30.00 Empire style couch in its original fabric.  This was the couch that my storage unit manager had called me about.  Someone had cleaned out their storage unit and left this poor thing behind.  When I asked her how much she wanted for it, I stood silent for a moment.  I didn't need another couch, so I really gave her a low balled offer, never in a minute thinking that my $30.00 offer would be accepted.

 
 This piece had two brass plated front legs.  Of course, once they were polished, the legs were drop dead gorgeous.
 
 
Now it was time to give this piece a makeover.  I was looking for a black and cream small hounds tooth wool blend to recover this couch.  Because the couch remains in the study, I thought that this fabric would give me the masculine look I was striving for.  When it came down to it, that particular fabric would not have held up well.  Also, if I wanted to swap the white Ikea couch in the great room, this fabric would have given me limited décor changes.

So I went back to a fabric that I had used on the $5.00 estate sale slipper chair.
 
 
 
 Because of the wood trim, instead of being slip covered, the couch needed to be reupholstered.  Using the same material as the slipper chair was a given.  I found a fantastic upholsterer in the area that completed the couch in three weeks.
 
Look at the brass plated front legs with the newer fabric. 
 
 
I think the fabric gives a richer feel to the couch now.
 
 
In the future, I can see switching the off white Ikea Ektorp couch in the great room with this couch.  I believe it will compliment the Annie Sloan grey painted coffee table beautifully.
 
 
I think the possibilities are endless with the new shades of grey color scheme.
 

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