Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Patience Pays Off

One of my "resolutions" for 2017 is to buy second hand whenever possible.
Last summer when my son moved, I gave them our couch.  Long story short, due to the layout of their new home it was the piece that would work best.  I took their love seat and we made do.  
(It was a piece that I had previously had for years.) 

On my home improvement list was a new couch for the living room.  
I knew I wanted a couch and possibly a matching love seat.
I knew I didn't want to pay a lot.
I knew I wanted something with a print because our home layout is open and all the walls are neutral.
I've been faithfully watching my areas online yard sale site.
A few weeks ago, I was a little sad because I thought I had missed a piece I might would have enjoyed.

However, as life often does, I found this set this week.
The bonus was that not only is it print, but it is floral.
I love floral prints of any kind.
And not only is it floral, but it is in colors I love -- a burgundy, tan, and navy with hints of green in the leaves.
It goes perfectly with my burgundy recliner.

Guess how much I paid?
The family selling it was originally asking $100, which I was more than willing to pay.
However, when they took it out of storage they found two rips on the arms.
She dropped the price to $60 -- without my asking -- and that price included delivery.

Upon careful inspection, I decided that I could easily cover the rips.

I decided to go to my craft room first and look through my fabrics.
I pulled out several pieces that I thought would work and finally decided on a creamy and tan print.

I cut my strips, basted them in a contrasting thread, and pinned them to the arms.
At that point, I knew sewing them on would be a little tricky.
I pondered it for a bit and remembered that I had been given a bag of sewing supplies that included some curved quilting needles.
Armed with those and a matching thread, I set about sewing the strips on.

All total it took me about two hours from start to finish.

By matching the two strips, they look as if they are meant to be there.
Bonus -- I have enough of the fabric left to do several throw pillows to add to the couch.

So I paid $60 for a personalized couch and loveseat that I love.


  1. Oh my gosh, you are so smart! They do look like they were meant to be there. And they are so beautiful! I love the floral prints too. The art room where I was subbing last week had back issues of Romantic Home, and I loved looking through them.

    1. Thank you. I love "look books" (or magazines), but I would never be able to bring myself to spend the kind of money the sticker prices show for pieces. They're great inspiration though.

  2. What a great way to give new life to furniture!

    1. Thank you. It took little time in the grand scheme of things.

  3. Awesome! Add some pillows placed in the corners, an afghan, you are set!

    1. Thanks. I totally agree. I have the fabric for my pillows and they're on my "to do" list. Surprisingly out of the slew of afghans I have here, none really look good with this. I'm guessing I'll have to give in and crochet one. :-)

  4. How serendipitous! And your repair turned out wonderfully.

    1. Thanks. I think it will serve my purposes well.

  5. Never would have guessed there was a tear there. What a great deal. I love to see what thrifty things others are doing to fix up their home.

    1. I've challenged myself to become less of a "disposable" person. I know it is better for the world and for my wallet. I also like that it challenges me to think creatively.


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