This post is sponsored by OnlineFabricStore.net, but all ideas and opinions are my own.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but this project has taken me almost two years to complete! This upholstered sofa wasn’t upholstered when I bought it. It was just the shell. I bought the whole set – this loveseat/sofa, a glider, and an ottoman for $40 on Craigslist and thought for sure I’d figure out how to make cushions for them. Yeah, and then they sat in my basement for almost two years!
I had originally planned to do a different project with this cute fabric from the Premier Prints line at Online Fabric Store, but when it showed up at my house, I quickly changed my mind. I remembered this sofa and thought why not just knock out this project?
Sure, it was a huge project and I had never done an actual upholstery project that involved sewing before. Piping? How in the heck do you make piping?!
But something kept telling me that I needed to at least attempt it. I also had a huge urge to finally and forever get this poor thing out of my basement!
I’m such a sucker for polka dots and blue, so this Ikat Dots Sunshine/Blue Natural fabric was a perfect fit for my home! It just makes me smile when I look at it! Plus, it feels really durable, which is good with two little kids, a dog, and two cats! 🙂
(Want to see more of my fave fabrics? Check out my favorite fabrics Pinterest board to get lots of fun ideas for your next project!)
Unfortunately, I don’t have some amazing tutorial to share with you guys. There is no way I could have figured out how to pull off this project on my own, so I had some help from a few different sources to get me through the process. (PSST! I’m sharing my sources and lots of tips I learned from this project here.) It’s far from perfect, but I’m really proud of myself for finally mustering up the courage to complete this project! And you know what? Now that I’ve completed this one, I feel way more confident to tackle another upholstery project! Like maybe that glider and ottoman?!
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to paint the wood on this piece or not. I’m pretty sure it’s a vintage Ethan Allen piece and there’s part of me that wants to “preserve” it. But as you can see, it’s in kind of rough shape, so it would probably look a lot better with a fresh coat of paint. What do you think? To paint or not to paint?