Before & After: A Frumpy to Fabulous Reupholstered Couch Tranformation

updated May 4, 2019
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She saw the late 1960’s couch sitting there at the local thrift shop, covered in a yellow satin paisley flower patterned fabric which she immediately deemed “very not cool”. Yet something about the style spoke to her as “hella fabulous” (her words, not mine). The couch was going home with her with a reupholstery makeover in mind…

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Andrea took on the bold task of reupholstering her thrift store find in a modern grey neutral fabric (picked out even before finding the couch itself), enlisting the help of a neighbor knowledgeable in skill of sewing to take on the cushion-to-feet makeover, transforming the aged couch into a handsome piece of contemporary furnishing.

Along the way of dismantling the vintage couch, she learned a few lessons about reupholstering projects:

I forgot to take pictures of the cushions as they were being sewn. They’re not perfect…. I sewed the piping… I know, I’m talentless. I think maybe I would get them done by a professional if I were to ever reupholster something again. It’s really difficult to get the corners perfect. Props to people who can sew worth a dime.

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Despite her humility, we’d deem this DIY makeover a thumbs up success.

More photos and further details of this vintage couch makeover at Andrea Zadro.

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