For over 10 years we’ve had this sofa.
It’s been a good sofa.
It was the first grown up purchase we made for our first Arizona home.
It’s the first place I sat and held my babies when all three came home from the hospital over a 7 year span.
This sofa has a lot of miles and a lot of memories.
Back in August (2014) I shared with you all that it was time for a new look in the living room. We were done with our cream microfiber sofa hidden under the white custom slipcovers,
We settled on a leather sofa and were ready to pull the trigger.
When the leather sofa arrived it was a beauty but it threw the whole feng shui of the room off.
Out it went.
I continued to shop and shop but I just couldn’t find anything that I loved. I found myself gravitating back to the same sofa, but new.
Even though we bought the sofa over 10 years ago, it’s such a classic that many retailers like West Elm, Room and Board, and Mitchell Gold sell a version of it.
I figured, “why mess with a good thing?” and decided to have it reupholstered.
That way I could get the exact fabric I wanted and continue to use the custom slipcover we had made for it years ago if so desired.
Reupholstering a piece isn’t cheap. In fact many times you’ll pay as much, if not more, to have a piece reupholstered than just buying it new.
Not only do you have to pay for the labor but you also have to buy the fabric. You can find good, inexpesive fabric online if you’re willing to go through that process. Upholstery fabric is tricky.
Just because you see something online doesn’t mean it looks like that. You have to order samples, wait for shipping and do it all over again (in my case) to be certain of what you’re getting.
Calico Corners was having sale on fabric and upholstery at the time I was shopping so I meandered in there. (Not being paid to plug or mention them). That place is like fabric heaven. I could have spent 5 days in there feasting my eyes on all the lovely fabric. Unfortunately, you’ll pay a pretty penny for even the least expensive stuff. BUT, it is a one-stop shop. I found exactly what I wanted and booked their in-house upholsterer. 2 1/2 months later (yes it really did take that long because they only have one upholsterer who was backed up with projects) I had my sofa.
We paid about $1100. for fabric and re-upholstery…about the cost of a new sofa (+/-) but I got exactly what I wanted.
I chose a gray velvet.
It’s soft and neutral enough to work with what we have but dark enough that my three men can play WWF mania (which they have for 5 days straight) on and I don’t have to worry about it looking completely dirty.
I love how it turned out and am ready to change up the look for the rest of the room.
I’m looking for a mid century-ish coffee table (this one from Lulu & Georgia is too narrow so will be moved to another room) and the white ottoman will soon be for sale.
(Light from School House Electric).
In the meantime, we’re selling this chaise lounge for $175.
It currently retails at Ikea for $350. Plus, Ikea sells slipcovers for it if you want to change up the look.
We are a pet-free home (unless you count fish as a pet…but don’t worry, we don’t let our fish sit on the furniture).
Contact me if interested smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.