Every now and then I have a piece that I transform that I don’t really love. I can spot the good ones right away because inside I think “I want that to stay in my house forever”! But not every piece makes me feel that way. Sometimes I get done and think, “well, someone might like it”. Ha! Is that bad? Really, though, someone else might like it a lot. It’s just not my “thing”. I treat these times as learning experiences and don’t let them get to me too much. I’m constantly learning what my style is – even though it keeps evolving. Even painting techniques get tried out. Some stick around and some just aren’t for me. When it came to this sofa, it was really hard for me to get started on it. It took for.ev.er to make the cushions on it and because I knew it would, I kept putting it off. I didn’t mind the cushions in the end (you can see how I made them HERE), but in the end, the polka dots were just too much. Plus, it really needed to be painted! The sofa ended up in our basement for a while and was taking up too much room, so I finally got back to it when the flea market came around. I figured it was the perfect timing for me to give this piece one last effort and make it into something I loved and was proud of. I ended up ditching the top/back cushion completely and replacing it with two over-sized pillows. We have the same pillows on our couch and I knew they’d be perfect for this project! They’re so comfy! The bottom cushion stayed, but I made a different cover for it. This time I went with my favorite sewing project – the envelope pillow cover. These are so easy to make because they’re just a few straight lines and then you just stuff the pillow in. Since this was a foam cushion and not a pillow, it was a little more challenging to stuff into the completed cover (and I made sure the flap was extra long, so it covered well), but once I got it in there, it looked great! I love it for 3 reasons. 1 – the ticking stripe fabric is seriously one of my absolute faves. 2 – the fabric is washable, so you can just take the cushion out and throw the cover in the wash if it gets a stain on it. And 3 – it’s got a more casual look to it now and just makes the whole piece look more laid back and cozy. I added another pillow with a plus sign in the old fabric to give the piece just a little extra something. I’m pretty sure I need to make one of these pillows for our house because I kind of fell in love with it! I had a ton of interest in this piece at the flea market (and it sold!) which reaffirmed my love for it! I would definitely have kept this sofa if it fit in our home better, but it just didn’t work out. I’m so glad it went to a new home and has a chance to be loved again!