Hello friends!
Wow…it’s been three months since my last post!
What I love/hate about that….is that when I go missing for months, you guys start emailing and messaging, checking in on us. YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you! That’s the part I LOVE. Yes! We are here and healthy and doing well.
What I hate is that there’s not enough time in the day to stay on top of all the creative things I enjoy. I wish I had a blog post for you every week, and IG pics every day. Honestly, I have more than enough photos (116,406 maybe? gulp) in my photo library to share more often. But you know what? I’ve made peace with it. We can’t be everything to every platform. So I’m happy to pop in here when I can, when there’s something to share.
And at the end of the day…it’s 2020.

Okay. So here’s why I’m posting today…..OMG!! WE REUPHOLSTERED OUR COUCH!
Well, we paid someone to do it for us. But IT HAPPENED. And it’s so beautiful. I’m so happy with it!

I debated for a month over so many pretty fabrics (I love all of these. Wouldn’t they make a cute fabric collection?)
And you know what I went with?
Haha. Yep.
If it’s not broke, why fix it?

Actually that’s a horrible analogy here. This couch was definitely broke (or in need of major TLC). But I just really love yellow. So, you know.

If you’re new around here, here are the basics….

• A few years ago I was searching for a loveseat and asked for your input. Thanks guys. Love your ideas.
• Then 6 months later, I realized I already HAD THE LOVESEAT I needed, it was just at Casey’s office. Ding! So we brought it home. And it was perfect.
• This loveseat was something I got at garage sale when we first moved to Austin in 2009 (You can read more here). So it had already lived another life before coming to our house.

And then 2020 happened.
Maybe that’s how I should start every blog post this year?
And the couch really started to fall apart.
Let’s go in for a close-up.


Yep. That’s tape.
I was honestly getting ready to call the Upholstery place in March, but then businesses started shutting down. And the couch now had full-on HOLES in the arms. Anyone who sat on it, walked away with foamy remnants on their clothes.  So Casey had the idea to stick packing tape over the hole. Ding again! It totally worked. And looked totally hideous.

So in August, I finally I reached out to an awesome upholstery place that my friend recommended (Economy Upholstery in Round Rock, for any Austin, TX locals) and drove the couch down to their shop (which was naively jumping the gun a bit. They didn’t actually need the couch till my fabric was ordered and had arrived. Guess I was a little excited). I’m so happy that I chose to have someone recover it. I’m fine with recovering IKEA chairs and simple projects. But I have never had an interest in doing crazy hard reupholstery like this, or learning the trade. At least not right now. Remember? I can’t even get a blog post up. Who’s got time for a tufted couch??
These amazing people do. Yay!

I flipped through books at the upholstery place, and mostly liked their solids. Then at home I stumbled on decorative fabrics direct and ordered tons of samples from their site. And I had all these gorgeous fabrics to choose from. I wanted to go with something unique—a cool print and “wow” statement. But then I also worried that I might get sick of it over time…and having spent so much money, it seemed safer to do a solid?

These four fabrics were the finalists:
• The pinkish fabric design is amazing. But maybe it’s too pink?
• We already had orange end tables in the room, so orange got the boot (though it would have looked freaking amazing)
• Clara really wanted the blue. And so did I…would have looked great. But we also have a ton of blue with our backsplash.

And I wondered if I was going for the blue simply because it was different from the yellow we already had?…almost like an expectation? If you’re going to pay someone a lot of money, the end product should look vastly different from before? But seriously, yellow just really pulls this room together, in all the different seasons (peeps bunting here. Sherpa blanket tutorial here).

So after all the fabric searching, I went back to the very first fabric I picked at the upholstery shop. Ahhh! Isn’t that how it often goes? I guess you have to know what you’ve eliminated before you feel resolved with your choice. So I went with the Sunflower fabric below (which is funny, considering the time I asked for your input on Sunflower fabric also).

Something I learned when picking upholstery fabric is to pay attention to the “double-rub” number—which is a measurement of how well the fabric will hold up after being rubbed on over the years. The upholstery shop recommended at least 30,000 or more. This one has 100,000! Great to know, since many of the upholstery fabrics I considered at Joann were way lower than 20k and would not have been good for this project. So, we went with the Pure Chenille Sunflower.

We ordered the fabric through the upholstery shop. And then it took a few weeks after the fabric arrived for them to cover the couch.
And OH MY GOSH. It turned out so beautifully. Look at all that piping! And the tufting!
Wow. He did an amazing job.

Ready for a good BEFORE and AFTER???
Holy sad before pic.

We basically stayed true to the original design since it had such good bones and was such a comfy couch. But we eliminated the dust ruffle. What a great improvement! When I tipped it over, I noticed how nice the legs were. So we let them shine and it definitely adds a modern touch.

And I really, really love how the fabric looks in the room. It feels special, but not overpowering. It’s extremely soft. And the cushions are no longer saggy! They replaced all the seat cushions and other foam.

Having a piece of furniture redone is not cheap, but considering the amount of time and skill that goes into it…totally worth it. It took a bit of time for Casey to be on board with the project. He wondered why we didn’t just buy a new couch for the same price? So I researched that option too. But this couch was really sturdy, comfy, and I loved the size and the look. So it felt like the right move.

And you know what? When I brought this beauty home, I think he was even more excited about it than I was!
“Wow! WOW. It’s amazing! It almost looks too fancy for us. The fabric is really cool!”
He loves it.
I love it.
We all love it.
Happy couch day!
Thanks for following along with the adventure.

  1. 1) Penny

    oh wow, love it & matches you & your room.

    • 2) Dana

      Thanks Penny! It’s so fun to have a “new” couch in our room. It has such a happy vibe 🙂

  2. 3) DLG IN MICH

    That is so cool! You can’t beat the quality of vintage furniture, so it sounds like you made the right decision.

  3. 4) bdaiss

    Reupholstery is such a talent. They’re like magicians. This little one looks amazing! A ray of sunshine for sure. And I absolutely agree with your choice to get rid of the dust ruffle.

    • 5) Dana

      Oh my gosh 100%! Such an amazing skill and talent. And yea….discovering those legs underneath with a fun find!…like finding old hardwood floors underneath carpet 🙂

  4. 6) Camille eisenbise

    This was so fun to read! I loved hearing your thought process for it all and how you arrived at the fabric decision. And WOW what an amazing transformation!!! I loved those two before and after pics next to each other! And I love that you gave a favorite piece of yours new life instead of getting something new. It looks beautiful! I’m so happy for you! The color is pretty and cheery and goes great with the vibe in your room!

    • 7) Dana

      Oh my gosh you are so cute…thanks for leaving a blog comment! Thanks! It’s SO fun to see a good Before and After photo. And haha…makes me realize how truly sad it looked before! The kids love sitting on it…they feel kind of royal on it.

  5. 8) Victoria

    The finished product is phenomenal!! We have an antique mohair upholstered couch that I keep going back and forth on thinking about getting reupholstered. After seeing this I am going to go find that number for the upholstery shop.

    • 9) Dana

      Oh awesome! I hope you do it! It’s really cool to feel like this loveseat got a second life…in a Toy Story kind of way….if couches had feelings 🙂 Maybe they do haha. Good luck with your project!

  6. 10) Jay

    That is an amazing transformation! I would never have had your vision! And the colour is perfect! I want the same sofa now!

  7. 11) Angela Atkins

    It looks amazing! I have a side chair in my living room that really needs reupholstering too–not falling apart yet but just a bit sad. Love that it perks up the furniture and makes it lovely again. You are also reminding me that as I am pondering new couch/love seat at the end of the year I too have a velvet love seat in my office that could join the party in the living room.

    • 12) Dana

      Oooo….maybe you need to bring it home also! exciting! Good luck deciding 🙂

  8. 13) Cathy V

    TOTALLY LOVE IT!!! And, as always, your journey spurs me on and encourages me to take a leap into a new project! Thanks for sharing!

    • 14) Dana

      Awww thanks Cathy! You are so sweet. Have fun jumping into some new projects!

  9. 15) Dianne Rippon

    So inspiring! Your couch looks gorgeous. I have a 3 piece parlour setting circa 1900 & another 2 chair not sure their vintage & would really love to have them refurbished. I know it will be expensive, It is something I would love to do but husband would sooner throw them out! I will get it done someday. I will research further as we are relocating shortly. We live
    In Queensland, Australia. I know they will come up beautifully. Wish me luck. Cheers Dianne

    • 16) Dana

      Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Tell your husband that mine was a bit uncertain when we started talking about the project. But he was 150% happy and impressed with the finished product! He was so glad that we did and wished we had one more loveseat. haha.

    • 17) Dana

      …and good luck with your move! And your future upholstery project 🙂

  10. 18) SHaron

    OMG – your couch looks sooooo…new, sooo bright, soooo pretty!

  11. 19) Susan Ott

    They did a great job! Yes I have missed your presence on the net. Was hoping all was well with your and your family. Thanks for updating us.

    • 20) Dana

      Aw you are sweet. Thank you Susan! Hopefully it won’t be three months before the next one 🙂
      Have a great day!

  12. 21) Marion

    Oh, that loveseat turned out beautifully! Casey is correct that you can buy a new sofa for roughly what you pay a professional to reupholster an old one, BUT, on the whole, the construction of the frame of older Furniture tends to be much superior to newer furniture and will hold up much better and longer than the newer furniture. Everyone should have a good tailor, a good shoe repair guy and a good upholsterer. In the long run, that saves you a lot of money while making you look really good.

  13. 22) Melissa

    What an awesome project! Thank you for sharing. My Mom has had antique chairs re-done before and it’s always fun to see new life from old objects we have enjoyed!!

    Melissa – Instagram @melmarilyn

  14. 23) Katie

    Love it! Thanks for sharing this story.

    • 24) Dana

      Thanks Katie! It makes me so happy when I catch a glimpse of that yellow out of the corner of my eye 🙂

  15. 25) Roxanne

    Reading this has totally given me the push I needed to reupholster a chair my mom gave me. I honestly didn’t know where to start. My sis-in-law lives in Leander,Tx. The problem was not only where to start but where to go. . Thank you for taking us on your journey.

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