Remember when I decided to be really cool and reupholster a vintage couch that I found in my neighbors yard. That was back in April (Easter weekend to be exact) and up until Memorial Day weekend I had literally done nothing in regards to said couch. It had just been sitting in our front living room being slept on and pooped on by the animals in our house.
During Memorial Day weekend I decided to finally get a jump on the project. I spent one whole day totally dedicated to the couch. I ripped, pulled, wiggled, and yanked at every piece of fabric, trim, batting, and at the hundred nails scattered around the couch.
Once it was stripped I was pretty excited about the next part. So excited in fact that I've officially decided to abandon the whole project.
I've realized that if I write out exactly what happened to make me come to this decision this post would be the longest post ever, so I'm gonna break it down to just 3 reasons I've decided to abandon the project.
[one] This couch needs A LOT of work. Ok so the amount of work this couch needs is unreal. The legs need to be replaced, all the batting under the fabric needs to be replaced, all three cuchions on the couch need to be replaced, the fabric (obviously) need to be replaced, and I wouldn't be surprised if it needed to be fumigated and like de-bugged or something. When I first looked at the couch I thought....oh this will be totally do-able. But once i really started, there was a lot more work than meets the eye.
[two] This project was supposed to SAVE me money not cost me MORE money. When I sat down and really started to price out how much it was going to cost to re-cover this sofa, I realized I would be spending just as much re-doing it as I would on a brand new couch. I even looked into getting it professionally refurbished and that too would have been just as much as a new couch.
[three] While I'm confident I would do an ok job in the actual reupholstering of couch, I don't want to spend $700 and the results just be "ok". While I know I can get a professional to do to it and it would look great. I know that I can find something I'm just as happy with that is brand new for the same amount of money.
Overall, whole point of this project was too save myself some money. And once I realized I would not be saving any money, I became super disillusioned with the whole thing. Sad but true.
So I am back to square one on the couch front. I have already found one that I really like on that new app called Offerup. But I haven't heard back from the seller yet. I'm hoping I do, because I really really like this couch. And I think it would go well with everything else in the apartment. But just in case I don't hear back, I've already started looking for similar couches in hopes that I find one I love.
I'm sad to be letting go of the project because I was really excited about the prospect, but I just don;t think it's worth all the time and money I'll be spending.
I think I'll stick with easy DIY jobs like stools and picture frames.