How Can I Update This Ugly-Yet-Totally-Functional Couch?

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Q: I have a hideously ugly couch that my Nanna gave my husband and I when we moved into our first big kid house. It is in excellent shape, with no tears in the cushions and has a very strong sturdy hardwood frame. The problem is the couch is UGLY. It is from the early 80's, and is about as old as I am. (It is in some of my baby pictures!) I don't want to go out and buy a new couch since this one is in excellent shape, but I am at a loss with what to do with it!

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...You can sort of see in the second picture that the sides of the couch look routered, and the arms are spindly (not sure if that's the word), and it is too country-ish for our taste. I was hoping that in your infinite wisdom you could help me find a greener solution than just throwing it out and buying a new one!

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Editor: Jil, we have a few ideas for you! Obviously you could pay to have it reuphostered (takes money) or you could to reupholster it yourself (which also takes money and skill). So, an easier solution would be to a) paint the frame—perhaps white or black, and b) cover the back and seat cushions with a large blanket or heavy canvas cloth in a bright color or fun fabric.

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