My new/old sofa and some Thrifty finds


This love seat wasn’t really working in my living room. Thumbs down2011_03_21_1254 (This is the picture I put on Craig’s list. The love seat is pushed to the end of the dining room until it’s sold. Great condition, hardly ever sat on! It’s still for sale if you’re interested. Reasonable.)

I was noticing pretty slipcovered sofas everywhere. Of course, they ARE everywhere now!  I loved the clean lines and the sassy skirt of this one from Country Living.


Then I saw  Miss Mustard Seed’s and that did it. I wanted it, as in.  Had.  To.  Have. It! Thumbs up



couch orig fabAnd when I spotted a classically styled sofa with curvy legs, at the thrift store for 12$, there was no holding me back.

It was actually on sale the day I bought it so I paid about 7 bucks!





Here’s how she looks now in my freshly painted stripped down living room.


Nope, I didn’t sew up that drop cloth slipcover. I found a wonderful lady, Dawn Wise, only a few miles from here who owns a business called Sew Wise. She created my slipcover and did it quickly too.


I asked for a kicky little skirt and she nailed it and we replaced the original long cushion with three new ones.


I love all the piping detail! She did a great job!

Even though I have sewed quite a bit, I didn’t want to tackle this project. My sewing machine doesn’t handle thick fabrics and piping easily and I knew this would be a big hassle for me and would never turn out this great. So I was thrilled to find someone so close by to make a slipcover.

Total cost of the sofa, drop cloths, new cushions and labor was about 400$. I figure that’s about half the cost of a new sofa and I’m happy with the end product….very happy!


In my mission to lighten up, the living room is painted and stripped down. I took out everything except the furniture and tables that I’m keeping in there.   After I took down the window panels, the room was flooded with light and looked much larger, so I’ll be doing something at the windows to keep that light and adding new accessories.

These dark fabrics are gone and walls are lighter now.


And I’ll finally get to use this 6$ thrift shop oil painting……love the colors but hate the frame.



The warmer weather has given me a blast of energy and I’m getting lots accomplished! woohoo.    This week I’m working on yardsale stuff for our community sale on Saturday. Some friends are coming over to sell stuff too so it will be a madhouse! But fun.

One more thing,

I mentioned I needed flipflops in this post……I found a pair for 6$….yeah, at the thrift store again. In loveThat’s not a teabag laying there, it’s a label. Brand new Bass leather flipflops.


I’ve decided to take some time off from my job at the thrift store and won’t be going back until September. That gives me the whole summer to work on projects and spend time with family. Insert happy dance here! There are lots of projects just waiting for me and I’m ready.

Linking up to Rhoda’s thrifty treasures.

Met Monday, Between naps on the Porch.

Debbie (((xx)))

11 thoughts on “My new/old sofa and some Thrifty finds

  1. Hey, Debra! I just love your newly redone sofa. That looks great. I know, all these white slipcovers have us all enchanted. Great way to lighten up your room, can't wait to see what you'll do.

  2. Wow – it turned out great!! I have a big sectional that I want slipcovered and I think I am going to have a professional do mine too 🙂


  3. Lovely lines on that sofa–and the skirt is perfect. Dropped in from Met Monday.

  4. Great find, Debbie, and it turned out great with the slipcover! Well worth the investment. Looking forward to seeing what you do at the windows. I got some great linen panels {96 inches long} from Target and I use them in my dining room. My living room ones I got on sale at Ballards.

  5. Mighty pretty toes you have there! And what great finds at the thrift store.

  6. I am IN LOVE with that sofa. Sweetest thing! Please post pics of the progress and changes you make to your home. I've followed your blog for years and have missed seeing you and your inspiring home!!

  7. Love your new slipcovered sofa! I need to find a seamstress near me because I need a few pieces of furniture slipcovered. Cute shoes!

    ~ Tracy

  8. But you don't have to have a sprawling patio to enjoy the great outdoors. Even if you live in a condo or an apartment, you may have a small terrace or balcony where you can step outside. You can find a small cafe table and a pair of chairs and create your own little bistro.

  9. What a wonderfully creative and inexpensive way to update a lampshade and lamp! I have yards of burlap that I have yet to do anything with. Thanks for getting my wheels turning 🙂

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