Upholstery Suggestions for Craigslist Find Sofa?

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Q: I have been scouring daily for a new couch. I found this beauty on Craigslist yesterday for $50!! It's obviously an antique and not only does it need to be reupholstered, it has some springs out of place. Otherwise, the frame is sturdy and the cushions are fluffy down feathers. I called my mom, before purchasing and she agreed to "help me" with this huge project (she has done a lot reupholstering) so my cost will just be the supplies.

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I would love some ideas on what fabric/colors to use. I don't want it to look so formal — no brocades or satiny fabrics please. I also don't want a neutral or solid color fabric. I do like the rich wood, but am not opposed to painting it. What do you think?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.