Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drop Cloth Sofa Recover Reveal

It's been a long week. The Little Lady has been soooo sick with a viral fever which fortunately has gone away. My hubby and I have been joking, "It's been the worst week of her life!" But really...it has. Poor girl.

A while ago I hinted that I recovered our {very} old family sofa. Did I mention that I managed to do this for under $50? And without sewing anything? 


Here's the before and after:



I'm pretty sure you can guess which one is which. 

And here's a basic overview of how I did it. Please feel free to email me or ask questions in the comments if you need more details.


Materials: 
I've linked to the amazon products I've used {but none are affiliate links}
Basic Instructions:
Cut, tuck, staple, pin. 

1.   Wash and dry drop cloth with fabric softener. This will help get some of the "roughness" out. {Even after doing this I was a little nervous about the texture, however now that it's on the sofa I can't believe how soft it is.}

2.   Cut/rip large pieces of drop cloth to fit the the different sections of your sofa. I did the back section, front, and arms all separately. 

{Hint: drop cloth rips along a straight line! This is the most amazing fact EVER. I'm terrible at straight lines and measuring when it comes to large pieces of fabric. Just snip where you want to cut and rip the rest of the way.}

Here's a picture without the cushions on:



3.   Place fabric and take the staple gun to adhere the cloth to the wooden frame underneath. Tuck parts of the fabric that you cannot staple down {for example between the back of the sofa and the arm cushions}.

Here's a close-up of the tucked portion between the backrest and armrest: 



4.   Cover the arms and use upholstery pins to secure under the curved arms. {Blue arrows indicated upholstery pins.} 



You can see around the arms I folded the fabric to hide the raw edges. 

5.   Here's where I got L-A-Z-Y. I had every intention of sewing the cushion covers. Didn't happen. I wrapped them like a present and used safety pins like tape. Voila. Quick. Easy. Done. 



I really think this has a more polished look than a lot of the slipcovers out there. I love that the fabric stays in place because it is pinned and stapled. 

So...what do you think? I think it was totally worth it. 


Want to check out other projects completed by following this tutorial? Here are several other finished products:





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9 comments :

  1. That is amazing! I never would have dreamed it would look so good and look so stable, without any sewing. Your staple gun usage is amazing. Nice job! And so budget friendly!

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  2. My daughter has acquired two of the most hideous couches known to man, college-apt. hand-me-downs, and this is EXACTLY what she needs to do to make them fit her beachy-boho vision of her apartment! Awesome!

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  3. This is awesome, I've got a chair that I love to pieces but is unfortunately falling to pieces and this would definitely work to make it useable again (my only regret is that I'm gonna lose what's left of the awesome antiquey floral pattern on it).

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  4. I bought a used Broyhill couch at a thrift store that is outdated from the 90's but its obviously been in a formal family room because its super clean and not worn out. I got it for a nice $50. I am so excited to try this trick on it. I bought all the supplies yesterday. Thank you for sharing this!

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  5. I bought a used Broyhill couch at a thrift store that is outdated from the 90's but its obviously been in a formal family room because its super clean and not worn out. I got it for a nice $50. I am so excited to try this trick on it. I bought all the supplies yesterday. Thank you for sharing this!

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  6. I love this!! Does it matter what kind of safety pins you use?

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    1. I used whatever safety pins I had around the house, ~1 inch? Let me know if you have any other questions. If you end up recovering your sofa I would love to see the pictures! Good luck!

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  7. This is exactly what I am looking for! Question - what is the drop cloth fabric? Could you use another type of fabric? Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Drop cloth is what painters use to keep paint from getting on the floor when doing walls, other projects, etc. It's more durable than the average fabric. I'm sure you could do another type of fabric but I would use something heavy duty like upholstery fabric. Good luck!

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