The Loveseat–from plaid to rad!

I realize I owe you all a Halloween round-up with costume pics and all, but there are a couple of great blog parties going on right now, that I didn’t want to miss, so I am going to reveal the big loveseat reupholstery job my mom (I helped a bit) did when she was in town a couple of weeks ago, now. Look for Halloween in the next day or two, and an important announcement, hopefully by the end of the week…

Well, mostly before–we had already begun demolition. This Broyhill loveseat was quite the nice piece of furniture in 1994, when it was made. I got it from my friend when she was moving for $15. The plaid (besides being a little dated, and worn/torn in places) just wasn’t working in my home. Last time my mom came to town, we got the materials for this project, but were busy slipcovering my hide-a-bed couch, so she had to come back to do this one.
The hardest part is taking the thing apart. (Even with all of these fantastic helpers!) The staples were smaller than Mom was used to seeing, and broke easily when we tried to pull them out. There must have been a million of them. We all worked for a couple of days, getting staples out. As we got the various pieces off, Mom would write down the order in which they came off and label the fabric pieces, with a sharpie, as to their location on the couch. Those pieces became the pattern for sewing the new pieces.
Of course, I let her do all that sewing and stuff, and she had the couch put back together in about a day, magically! (Well, between her sewing skills, and the air compressor they used with the staple gun, it felt like magic). I did do the painting of the legs by myself after she had gone home. I used the reddish brown paint from our front door, and then darkened it with a coat of that tinted polyurethane I have been so excited about. Here are the afters:

I’ve had a hard time getting decent lighting to take these pictures and had to take these at night, so the first is without a flash and the second is with a flash. I think reality is somewhere between the two. I think the fabric is called “tobacco,” and that is probably the best way to describe the color. It has a nice subtle textured pattern throughout.
And it really makes me want to finish the rest of the unfinished projects in my family room that are now sticking out like the sore thumb the couch used to be.
In the meantime, check out more great makeovers and projects here:
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  1. Donna @ Party Wishes says

    WOW! That turned out great!

  2. I am so jealous that your mom can reupholster!!!

  3. holy cow! that turned out amazing! very professional looking 🙂

  4. That is just flipping amazing! That piece has such great lines, perfect for a redo, and the fabric you chose is perfection. Great work on your mama's part, and those legs are lookin' pretty sassy too :o)

  5. Looks very nice! You (and mom!) did a great job!

  6. I want a how-to! I have A LOT of Thrift Store (free) furniture in my home that I would love to have MATCH each other!


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  7. It is beautiful – I am really impressed Kendra! What a big project and it turned out so well!


  8. Heather@PixieDust says

    wow, that seams like it was a huge undertaking – love the way it turned out!

  9. Oh my this is really good! I'm impressed!

  10. It looks fab!!!

  11. i hadn't visited your blog in forever. been a blog stalker slacker. . .

    anyways, i dreamed last night that i was sitting in my van with the boys waiting on my husband to do something. . .get something from the grocery store or something, and i dreamed you came up to my van with a flyer advertising your blog? i was like…….i read your blog already? how weird is that???
    anyways, maybe god was telling me i needed to read something over here? i'm going to leave it up and sign off in a little while and see what i've missed!! have a great day!!!!!!

  12. Jacey @ Trash2MyTreasure says

    WOW! What a great before and after! I love how it turned out!

  13. Kendra@My Insanity says

    Thanks for all of your kind words! I am lucky my mom can do this, but mostly she can do it because she isn't afraid to try (and she has wicked skills on the sewing machine).

    Laura, as for the how-to, I can see if I can get her to write something up, but basically, I know that you just start taking things apart carefully, keeping track of the order in which they came off so you can put them back on in reverse order. Cut pieces from the new fabric, using the old fabric as a pattern. My mom often reuses the cording and things from the old piece. I would recommend starting with dining room chairs or benches–something that requires less sewing, to get some confidence.

  14. Kendra@My Insanity says


    That is so funny! I hope you find something here worthy of your dream! If not, stay tuned…maybe it is coming up. 🙂

  15. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says

    That is amazing. Quite the transformation.

  16. Ticking and Toile says

    it turned out gorgeous! what a nice mom you have!!!!


  17. Funky Junk Interiors says

    Holey sofa cover… that looks like you totally bought it that way! True top notch kind of cover.

    Nicely done!


  18. Your Mom did a fantastic job! It looks totally renewed! Maybe you can send her my way?

  19. Huge change! Made a big difference.

  20. Miss Mustard Seed says

    Wow! What a great idea to save the fabric pieces to use as a pattern. I'll do a slipcover, but uholstery is an entirely different creature to tackle. Well done!

  21. Kara@ Creations by Kara says

    Wow, it is just beautiful now!

  22. Very impressive that you guys did that yourself! It turned out great!

    pk @ Room Remix

  23. Marianne@Songbird says

    You are so lucky to have a handy dandy mother who will come over and basically give you a new couch. It sure is a big improvement.

  24. jmberrygirl says

    Wonderful! Funny, when I saw the before pic, I thought, man that's a cute plaid couch. Guess I'm forever stuck in the nineties! 😉

    My mom worked in furniture design/production for years. She's amazing with slipcovers/upholstry, too. Lucky us, right?

  25. That's fabulous…like a brand-new loveseat! My sister can do that kind of things, but I'm a little nervous/lazy to tackle a project that big.

  26. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest says

    All I can say is "WOW!" Great job!

  27. she wears flowers says

    This looks fantastic!

  28. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys says

    Wow, it looks fantastic!

  29. Beautiful content.


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