When I decided to take on my family room makeover for my 30-Day Room Makeover, the first thing I thought was:
We are definitely getting a new sofa!!!
I mean, wouldn’t you if your sofa looked like this??
We had bought this sofa in 2002 before we started having kids, and well, need I say more?? Kids have a way of trashing anything valuable (or is that just my kids….?).
So, of course, I thought the answer was to just replace it.
I mentioned in a post that I was planning to replace it and a reader pointed out:
“Nope, you’ll have that sofa until your kids are in high school. Time will go so fast and you’ll do everything together on that sofa.”
(Okay, I’m bad at remembering quotes, but she said something to that effect).
And I thought, “You know what?! She’s right!”
We’ve built great memories on this sofa!
I’ve nursed my three babies on this sofa…
…they’ve peed on it… (HA!)
…they’ve puked on it…
…we’ve had family dinner on it…
Getting rid of it would be like giving away a family member.
And I have made over tons of old pieces of furniture from the thrift store. So why not make over my own sofa then??
How to Fall In Love With Your Sofa Again: A Sofa Makeover
So I made over my sofa and fell in love with it again! So before you go jumping to get rid of your old sofa, try doing these things to breathe new life into your old sofa, too!
STEP 1: Steam-clean it!!
You’d be surprised how much baked-in dirt is in there!!
The parts that can be removed, toss them in the washer and dryer. (Stay tuned for that video soon!)
STEP 2: Vacuum The Inside
Everything that you eat on the sofa somehow ends up on the inside, ruining the innards. My kids are famous for dropping anything and everything in the sofa, even cars! Routinely vacuum the inside, too!
STEP 3: Make some new buttons!
If you go to the craft store, they have button kits (look in the notions section) where you can add your own fabric to the buttons. Sweet, right?? Here I used scraps of fabric for new buttons, which turned out really awesome!
I used hemp string to attach them through the cushion.
OMG…..my cushions were nearly flat from years of abuse! The craft store has stuffing in the batting section. They’re about $3.00 each. Get about 6 bags if you’re doing a sofa and a chair. Unzip the cushions and just stuff it inside. Be sure to spread the stuffing all around so it doesn’t look too lumpy.
You’ll be amazed how much newer your sofa looks with just those little improvements!
STEP 5: Add a Cozy Throw
Find a really comfy throw to keep on your sofa for when it gets cool. Also, if you’re covering old pillows, try my tutorial on how to make no-sew pillows!
Step 6: Create even more memories!
Can you imagine if you covered your sofa in plastic (ahem–if you’ve got a mom of the 70’s, you know she did this….HA!)?? It would never get any use!
One of my fondest memories is my kids making forts with the sofa (then arguing about who knocked it down! HA!). Last night I let the kids use a blanket to make the fort, which also happened to turn into a trampoline in the process, too. HA!
We decided to do a “classic” fort, but trust me, these boys have gotten creative with their forts!
P.S. And you’ll be happy to know that I’ve put my boys on a 7-Day-Electronics-Fast. You’d be surprised how much they become “kids” again when they don’t have mindless electronics to turn them into Screen Zombies!
One day, I’m sure we’ll replace that sofa. Like when the bottom falls out and I can no longer support it with plywood. LOL
But for now, I’m happy just to see how amazing it still looks after 13 years.
Hmmm….I wonder what it would look like in another 13….?? 😉
Do you have an old sofa that you’ve been wanting to save?