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Before and After Sofa Reupholstery Project

Before and After: Indoor Turned Outdoor Couches

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member CourtneyD from the Su Casa group:

When we moved into our house last year, I knew the Ikea couches we had in our apartment wouldn't look at all right in our new living room, but I loved these couches! They really are some of the most comfortable couches I've ever lounged about on and they are great for sleeping on. So as I was doing the furniture shuffle, moving old stuff to empty places when new stuff arrived, I struck upon a great idea. Why not recover these couches with outdoor fabric? So that's exactly what I did.

I'm pretty handy with the sewing machine and I've made simple futon covers in the past. However, this project was a little intimidating, because I knew I wanted to add a decorative roll around the seams, and the circular shaped back would be a pain, I was convinced. I gathered my courage and went for it though. After a few days of work, the covers turned out just how I had envisioned! I still need to put the zippers in the backs, but other than that, I'm really happy with the way these turned out.

Continue reading to see the after photo!

If you'd like to see more before and afters of my backyard, patio, and deck, check out my blog, Decoration Inspiration from Madd Hatter's Lab.

Have you been working on any decorating projects lately? Be sure to share your photos and tales in the Su Casa group!

courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Thanks LavendarJ! It wasn't exactly a cheap project, because I really wanted the Le Toiles du Soleil fabric, so the bulk of the cost was for that - 7 yards at $78/yard. Paint, piping and thread probably cost less than $20. I reused the thread and zippers from the previous covers, because I don't plan on using those again.
lavenderJ lavenderJ 7 years
Wow, great idea and the turnout is fabulous! How much did the project cost?
Steph-at-BirdHouse Steph-at-BirdHouse 7 years
Looks great!
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 7 years
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Hey Lilies..., the Sunbrella fabric is water "repellent", which means the water beads up on the fabric. Sunbrella suggests you hose down the fabric monthly to keep it clean, which I've done, and the sun usually evaporates the leftover water sitting on the fabric in no time. I didn't do anything else to the fabric, but they do suggest that if you do a deep cleaning of the fabric that you recoat it with a product called 303 High Tech Fabric Guard (or, that over time, as the finish wears off, you recoat it). It generally doesn't rain in the summer here, so I have covers for them just over the winter/spring. And no worries about questions! That's why we post stuff here, right?
hautehelena hautehelena 7 years
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 7 years
Those look great! I love the colors. Did you have to do anything else to protect the cushions? I have some outdoor furniture I'd love to use outside, but I just get so nervous about them getting wet for some reason. Is the fabric you used completely waterproof or just water resistant? Sorry for all the questions :)
lauren lauren 7 years
WOW, they look great! What a wonderful idea.
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