Sunday, September 20, 2015

How to Make Your Couch Look Like New : A Tutorial

When we moved into our new house, I spent a lot of time contemplating our couch. It's the first couch that I bought after college, and while it's served us well and is incredibly comfy, it looked like this:

 No amount of fluffing or beating the cushions seemed to make a difference. I thought that surely we'd just have to buy a new couch. In a last-ditch effort, I googled "tricks to make your couch like new", and I came across some tricks that actually work! 

They took my couch from this: 

To this:

From this saggy mess: 

To straight-from-the-delivery-truck:

 Seriously, it's like new again. I did this in preparation for our housewarming party in July. I had friends and family asking me if the couch was a new buy. Two months later, now, the couch is holding up exceptionally well, still looking like new. 

Here is how I did it. 

I stripped down all of the seat cushions to just the inserts. The covers went straight into the wash on a low-heat setting (Don't skip this step- It makes a big difference!). 

This is what the cushions looked like without the covers, a thick foam covered in a batting and an interfacing material on top. 

Over time, the cushion start to lose their fluff. This is what causes the couch to look saggy and old. The insert has been sat on over and over again and been sandwiched into oblivion. 

All they need is a little more "fluff" to restore them to their former glory. Using the thickest quilt batting I had on hand, I wrapped each seat cushion like a present. 

I used just a little of this to help the batting stay in place. 

Then I put the interfacing material back around the cushion. 

Once the covers were dry, I slipped the cushions back in and moved on to the back cushions.

The back cushions are built a little differently. They are really just pillow inserts within the cushion cover. 

I found some extra pillow inserts I had on hand so that I could use the poly-filling inside. You could also just buy a bag of poly-filling at a craft store (or Amazon). 

Using the filling from my extra pillow insert, I unzipped the back cushion and stuffed it with some additional filling. I think I ended up using the filling from a 16" x 16" pillow insert for each back cushion. I just kind of kept going until the cushion felt full. 

Finally, I gave the whole couch a vacuuming, and I was done! 


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Settling In

Last weekend I shared pictures of our finished house with you. Here are a few more pictures of the rooms with furniture. It's still very much a work-in-progress, but we're really pleased with the progress we've made so far. We're looking forward to adding more furniture and decor items over the years. There are some empty rooms now, but we know that slowly it will all come together, and it will feel more and more like home!

Our favorite and most-used room. Somehow, even with 2 extra bedrooms, a den, and a study, wee find ourselves hanging in the family room. 

I've used this wall in the breakfast nook to showcase vintage recipes. The frames are called Kingston from Pier One. 

Some of are favorite recipes from our grandmothers and great grandmothers. Others I found on Etsy as a filler until I can fill the wall with genuine, family recipes. 

Moving from our apartment to the house has been such a relief in so many ways, but my biggest and brightest happiness has come from cooking in my new kitchen. There is so much more room, and I do not think I can go back to cooking on an electric stove! We are so happy to have the extra room to make delicious meals in. 

We'll be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year. We're hoping to complete our dining room before then, but for now we're letting it come together slowly. 

Again, I used Kingston frames from the Pier One clearance section to fill up this wall in the dining room. This display is to show off some of our favorite wedding pictures. 

Brandon's study is another work-in-progress that we hope to complete in the next few months. 

This our "den"or second living room.

We've yet to host an overnight guest, but we'll be ready for them when we do! 

One more extra bedroom that we're trying really hard to not fill with junk. 

I love our bedroom and the immediate feeling of relaxation I get when I walk through the door. 

The curtains are Kalah Blue Ikat by Duralee. I lined them with blackout lining fabric which makes them perfect for blocking out all that early morning sun on the weekends. 

Finally, here is our little square of concrete in the backyard. It's just big enough for the furniture we already had. 

Thanks for stopping by! (: 


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