UGH! You know when you start a DIY project and you are so excited about it, and completely confident that you will be able to accomplish it?
When I bought this couch last year for $19 at Faith Farm, I was sure I could handle the re-upholstery job it needed. It’s something I’ve done a few times, and this one won’t be that hard…
But then, it just didn’t turn out to be as easy as I thought…
and I was in way over my head…
and I wanted to cry because I REALLY wanted it to be beautiful…
When I started to pull off the old fabric, I was finding that it had been re-upholstered before. And the new fabric didn’t follow the original lines, and I was so completely overwhelmed by the mess that it was becoming… so, I sent it off to get reupholstered professionally (after saving my pennies for a few months while it sat in my garage).
A few weeks and $1200 later (for fabric and labor), my couch was back. And it is BEAUTIFUL.
Don’t mind the mess, I was trying to get a picture while in the middle of Christmas decorating, and between changing the covers that protect it…
Why did I pick white for this couch, you ask? Well, I couldn’t find a fabric I loved, so I thought I would just pick white, which is a safe color.
What the heck was I thinking?!!!
Oh, and do you see all those wrinkles in the cushion? The don’t look that wrinkly in real life. How do I fix that, by the way? Will adding some fill to the pillows make it smooth out. Maybe I should just try that?
Anyway, I’m digress…It has been covered with sheets and blankets since I got it home, and it is still very clean, but there have been many a nights when I’ve awoken to find the dogs have pulled off the random objects I’ve placed on the couch to keep them from getting on it, and are sleeping oh-so-soundly on it. Or creeping off of it ever-so-silently, like I won’t know they were just on there.
Scotch-guard isn’t keeping the dog hair, or the cat hair, from showing.
This whole predicament causes me much heartburn.
I should have chosen a nice durable, stain hiding fabric. I didn’t. But the fabric is lovely and soft… and WHITE.
My dogs won’t stay off of it. Our cat, Elvis, is a long-hair black cat who sheds a ton, he won’t stay off of it.
And I can’t find a slip cover for it that fits it without looking messy.
It is a disaster just waiting to happen.
I’m not allowed to get rid of the animals… (okay, I didn’t really consider this as the solution…) And it won’t fit anywhere else in the house…
And so, even though I LOVE this couch, I must sell it. I can’t afford to re-upholster it again.
It makes me want to cry.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I want you to take this as one of those things that you don’t need to experience for yourself. Learn from my mistake: Dogs are always attracted to the furniture they aren’t allowed on; kids will pick your white couch to wipe their boogers on (thank god for the covers that were on it!), and your husband won’t understand why you spent so much money on a couch that you now want to get rid of before it gets ruined.
So, if you know anyone that needs a beautiful, vintage, amazingly comfortable couch, please send them my way.
Happy New Year, by the way Hope that this year brings you much joy, good health and lots of love and laughter.