Tuesday, January 31, 2012

impossible sectional slipcover


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BEFORE
A couple of weeks ago I was staring at a 30-yard roll of fabric I'd had for six months and a worn out sectional I'd been wanting to slipcover for a couple of years.  I guess I was hoping that the slipcover fairy was going to show up sometime soon.  

What? The slipcover fairy isn't real? Then could I settle for a slipcover party?  You know, like the one the Nester had.  Do I have ten friends who would come over and make stuff for my house?  Maybe, but I don't have Pink.

Slipcovers are big.  They take a lot of fabric.  They take more than an hour to make.  Ugggh.  Plus this couch is really poofy.  I've only worked with furniture that was more tailored - how would I even tackle this?  And then there was the red microfiber.  I had added that when we first got the hand-me-down sofa to cover all the cracks on the cushions.  But the red color had bled onto the body of the couch, so I wanted to take that all off again before putting the new slips on.  Even the thought of working on this sofa made me tired.  That's when I got the call...

the space between


"Tackle Your Most Daunting Projects."  I think that summed it up for me.  I needed motivation and encouragement, and I can't pass up a good challenge.  Thanks so much ladies!  I would still be looking at the old sofa and piles of fabric if it weren't for this fun idea.  But instead, I finished!!!  And managed to get a few accent pillows done too.  I can't wait to see all the other impossibilities at the linkup party.
{Keepin' it real}
P.S. The night I finished the second body section, our cat threw up a hairball on it.  Less than 24 hours after these photos were taken, one cushion was attacked by a pair of muddy shoes.
P.S.S.  This is why I love white slipcovers - bleach it and it's gone!
  
{Sources}
Sectional sofa:  hand-me-down (Thanks, Joy!)
Slipcover fabric: white cotton duck canvas from Joann (look for a 40 or 50% off coupon)
Wall paint color: Benjamin Moore London Fog 
Draperies: velvet panels + fabric by the yard accent from Pottery Barn
Lamp base: Target
Rug: Heritage Unlimited



{Linking up with the challenge hosts}


{& with a few of my favorite parties}

43 comments:

Samantha said...

Wow! That looks so good!! It must have been such a huge project!

daisyeyes.com said...

wow! that is very impressive and looks amazing! great job

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Looks great!

fiona anderson said...

It looks fab - what alot of work. I love the new mix and match cushions too, great colours and patterns !

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

That's fabulous! You must be so thrilled with the transformation, congratulations!
Cheers, Andrea

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Great job! Isn't it nice to finish a big project like that? Now you get to enjoy it for years to come!
Angie

Eclectically Vintage said...

Oh how I wish I could sew! This is such an amazing transformation of that sofa - I love it!! It's already survived a hairball and muddy footprints - it's a keeper! Pillows too - talk about overachieving! So glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge.
Kelly

Fat Dormouse said...

Goodness! Aren't you talented?! If it was me I'd still be looking at the fabric wondering what the heck to do?! It looks really great. Congratulations on finishing!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

1. Wow
2. Wow and wow
3. Can you come and do mine now?

Seriously awesome especially since I will be tackling this very same daunting task sometime this spring ....

Thanks so much for taking our challenge and linking up ... and creating those very cute buttons for each of us hosts! Loving them ...

Linda

Sherry said...

Great job! No, excellent job! I can't imagine tackling a project like that. Congrats on your impossibilities challenge. I'm your newest follower.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I can't believe this!! I have been dragging my feet to slip cover our sofas, and you did a section?!?! That is so awesome!! And, I've use the dogs as an excuse, but I love the bleach it and it's gone approach. You might have just inspired me to take the plunge!

Thank you so much for joining the challenge!
Karah

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

Hi Tisha. The slipcover turned out great! I tried to make one for a wingback chair and it didn't go so well. Are you going to do a tutorial? Thanks for stopping by my challenge room, as well.

Misty said...

Congrats! It looks fabulous! I'm so proud of YOU! <3 from your newest follower and fellow {new} blogger :) Please check out my impossibility and follow back!

~Misty
www.413sparrowlane.com

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a great project! It looks wonderful...and I love the pillows, too! Hopped over from the Impossibilities party!

Cindy said...

That looks great! You did a very good job on it.
Hugs, Cindy

Sandy said...

Slipcovers are never quick or easy but
you did a wonderful job with yours.
I had to laugh at the hair ball and muddy
shoes.. I have white also and yes, bleach
is our best friends.
Great job
Sandy

thistlewoodfarm said...

Ha ha! Love that you are keeping it real. Aren't white slipcovers great! It looks like you conquered your "impossible." Thanks for joining the party!
blessings,
karianne

A place 2 call home said...

This is incredible! I can't even sew a button on a shirt, and I absolutely LOVE your style : ) have a wonderful night!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Wow! I have a leather sectional (I would say hate but it's such a strong word so I really dislike this couch of mine). I have Pottery Barn slipcover that goes over it like a paint drop cloth. It does not stay on the leather couch! It drives me insane, I fix it daily! Your slipcover is gorgeous! Do your cushions come off? Mine are attached. You have done an amazing job, I really love it! I am following from the "impossible" party!

~Shanon

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Wow, I am impressed! That is a great job!I know just how you feel. I have put off painting my kitchen cabinets for YEARS and tomorrow is the day! My SIL is coming and we are gonna tackle that and a reupholster job.

Lori said...

You did a fantastic job. I like it almost as much as I like the word..delectable. Lovin' your blog so I'm following. Pls stop by and share the follow love, Lori

Shirley said...

WOW!!! You are one BRAVE lady. Looks soooooo good.

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

My name is Rita said...

You did an amazing job! I can not believe that is the same sofa

Lizzie @ PrettyCityThings said...

Wow! My slip-covered glider really pales in comparison - this is amazing!
Thanks for stopping by my blog & inviting me to link up to your party. :)
Lizzie :)

chateau chic said...

You did a fabulous job!! I would never have been able to tackle such a project. Your sofa is beautiful with the new slipcovers.
Your newest follower, Mary Alice

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Hi Tisha! I'm stopping back in to let you know I featured this project today!

http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/giveaway-winner-and-impossible-features/

Thank you so much for being apart of the challenge, you truly did tackle an impossible task!
Karah

Amanda Dale said...

Totally inspiring! Thanks for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!
Thanks,
Amanda

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Wow, what a transformation, it doesn't even look like the same sofa.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

And thanks for joining Cowgirl UP!!

marissa said...

I am so impressed! I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I am in awe. Holy Cow. That is fantastic. Congrats.

Jacqueline said...

Wow is all I can say! It looks amazing! I now need to go make one for our sectional. I've been collecting drop cloth to do this project but I haven't had time to get to it yet. Now seeing how amazing yours turned out I have hope for mine! Thanks for sharing this!

Marriage from Scratch said...

beautiful! looks amazing!

I’d love for you to come link this post up at From Scratch Friday (live now on the blog!).

~Christina
http://marriagefromscratch.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-scratch-friday-2.html

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - it looks fabulous. And I love all of the pillows you put with it!! Great job!

I featured it on my TT&J Facebook page :)

xoxoxo
Jen

joan said...

Beautiful job and I love your pillows, you are very talented!

BeingBrook said...

Amazing!! What a huge difference...totally can't tell it's the same couch! You did a beautiful job.

Rebecca Gray @visitready.blogspot said...

what is the address of the vatican? i am nominating you for sainthood. that is a miracle, if ever there was one.

Erica said...

So inspirational! You should feel so awesome that you accomplished such a big project! Please give me some dust to get started on mine...... I haven't ever done anything this big and I don't have 10 friends that would love to help me LOL.

Abbie said...

Look at YOU GO! That is amazing, and I am bowing down in awe right now. : )

Thanks so much for linking up with Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

~Abbie

Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes said...

What! You made that!?!? It's absolutely incredible! Stopping by from Positively Splendid.

Serendipity and Spice said...

Wow! It looks great! And changes the look completely!! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!
-Melissa
http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

I am beyond impressed!! That challenge was so fun, wasn't it?? I didn't participate because I felt a little swamped in January, but I loved seeing everyone get huge projects done!! SO inspiring!

Thanks for linking up last week! I love coming by and seeing what's going on!

Olivia Princess said...

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