Really old sofa with a new look…on a budget

This small sofa sits at the far end of our kitchen.

It’s old…really old, I think my mom bought it when I was eleven. Granted, it led a fairly easy life for most of its days, tucked away in the library at home.  But in it’s later life it’s taken some abuse, it’s been passed around from house to house, I think it might have even gone to college with someone.

It’s been sitting here in our kitchen for the last eleven years, and between the two hyenas   I gave birth to, and the pack they run with, it’s suffered some catastrophic injuries.

It was either time to fix the old girl up, or put her out of her misery. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on a 300 year old sofa, I decided to see just what I could do on a shoe-string budget.

So with no further ado….

Our new…..old sofa.

I love it!!

I bought the slip-cover at Biglots for $29.00

The transfer paper and fabric to cover the 3 white pillows and the 2 burlap pillows came from Wal-Mart and cost $16.00

The big splurge was the two faux sheep skin pillows. Buy one get one 1/2 off from Target $36.00

Total = $81.00   so worth it!

The 5 large pillows are simply the original 5 large green pillows, with the gathered trim cut off, recovered.

I wanted the burlap feed bag pillows to have a little different look to them, so my mom suggested, while the pillow case was still in-side-out, coming in a couple of inches from the corners and using a piece of string to tie the corners.

When you turn it right-side-out and stuff it, you’ll have soft corners.

I saved the best for last.

I had my heart set on French pillows, but the ones I liked were $92.00 each.

So, instead I bought some soft cotton to cover the old pillows with, and some fabric transfer sheets.

You load the 8  1/2″x 11″  transfer sheets into your ink jet printer, go to my new favorite best friends (she just doesn’t know it yet) web-site and print some of the thousands of free graphics she’s got just waiting on you there.

You might ask, “what is this magical web-site,” and I’d say, “why Graphics Fairy of course.” Let’s face it, without Graphics Fairy, I’d have a white sofa with white pillows…oh, and two burlap pillows….but none the less, boring.

Just print the reverse image on to the transfer sheet and iron on your fabric. So easy.

I wanted more surface area covered on this center pillow, so I printed two images on two sheets of paper. Next I cut them and ironed them on. I love the bee!

It took me about 2 hours to complete this project from beginning to end, but remember I’m not good with a sewing machine. Even if all I have to do is sew a straight line to make square pillow covers, it takes me a while.

Walking by last night, I thought about curling up with a good book, then I decided to go to bed instead…..just thought I’d share.

Thanks for coming by!

the wanna be country girl ~ Caroline


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8 Responses to Really old sofa with a new look…on a budget

  1. This is really cool. Great transformation. Nice ti find your blog!

  2. Hi I found this site by divine intervention lol and I have enjoyed it! Recently my church group cooked dinner for 145 low income and homeless and we used the chicken and dumplings with the flour tortillas you have here it turned out really good!! Everyone loved it! So now for myself I’d like to make the pillows or some like it and wanted to know exactly where you got the graphics from so I can perk up my sofa. I have been using a giant painters cloth to toss on my sofa and stuff around the arms and pillows. I have a large dog and often we have doggie company and wet muddy paws do make it to the sofa,I just toss it in the washer and bleach it. Every time it comes out spotless,it looks a little wrinkled but in a few mins the wrinkles fall out. I bought it at Lowes for like $25.oo

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    Hi Sherry,
    What a sweet comment. Don’t you just love the easy chicken and dumplings, just reading your comment makes me want to make some for our dinner tonight. The printable graphics came from an amazing website called Graphics Fairy. She has I bet thousands of printable graphics. I printed directly onto some iron-on sheets I found at Walmart. Good luck and let me know how it turns out, and send some pics if you can to Let me know in the comment section if you send pics so I’ll know to check the email.

  3. Whanz says:

    What great old sofa. More comfortable that the old decoration. We can save money. As long has you have creativity.
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  4. White says:

    But…but…but… how will it all stand up to “the two hyenas…and the pack they run with”?

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    It’s strictly off-limits to all hyenas! So far so good.

  5. JP says:

    Caroline, it came out AWESOME!!!!!

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    Thanks JP, I’m just now realizing that for a large portion of the day I either have a patina of dog, chicken or garden on me. None of those go well with white sofas, so the good news is, it looks just like the day I finished it, the bad news is, I’m afraid to sit on it. I need to take my brothers advice; when his children were little and they bought a new car, he left the dealership and went straight to McDonald’s and threw a small order of french fries over his shoulder. He said it instantly took the pressure off. I guess I just need to get it over with, and spill something on it.
    :) Caroline

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