R purchased this settee from Craigslist without knowing the extent of the damage to the vinyl, sagging of the seats, and rust on the metal. It only took about nine months of prodding from R's boyfriend to get this project started. We think it was completely worth the wait.
The Textile Center in Minneapolis holds a massive annual fabric sale, and I got the bright blue herringbone fabric for $5. I took off the seats and had them re-upholstered, and they did an amazing job replacing the worn cushions and using the fabric I brought in. I spray painted the base to match the legs of my other couch, and tried to find a piece of wood or marble to replace the (fake) wood centerpiece. I found a massive slab of marble on Craigslist that was exactly the right width, but my favorite local hardware store, try as they might, couldn't cut such a heavy piece. That, unfortunately, is still sitting out in the garage, and I put the fake wood piece back in. It doesn't look so bad now that the rest of the piece is spruced up, and the nicks and dents are covered with plant pots and picture frames. The BF readily admits how classy it became and that it's actually comfortable now, and guests love it!