Friday, May 14, 2010

Project Day: Vintage Sheets Recover a Modern Sofa








In my previous life I owned a modern slim lined green sofa. It seemed to follow me everywhere I went. Since we purchased our house 2 years ago it has been feeling a little out of place. I wanted to get rid of it, replace with something more 'beachy'. I have tried a few things to hide it's modern appeal but to no avail. Alas, until today. It took the right mix of vintage sheets to give this poor sofa a new lease on life and give it belonging to it's surrounds:
  • I used 2 vintage sheets {$3.00 each} and 1 tablecloth {pink check}.
  • I cut {eek! } the vintage pink floral sheet in half for the side arms. I simply tucked the sides deep into the sofa.
  • For the back I used a vintage white single bed sheet. Again I tucked the sheet deep into the sofa, into the folds.
  • For the main seat I used a pink check tablecloth {another thrift store find}. I didn't cut this one as I may need to use it again one day soon! I simply tucked it all in once again.
Add a few pillows and I was done. So now we are all happy and the poor sofa can stay a little longer. Have a super weekend. Stay safe. Simone xx

58 comments:

  1. I love the mix of fabrics you used, and the heart pillow is gorgeous! Another no sew project - I love these!! Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. omg.. I love it Simone! Just love it!

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  3. Boy oh boy you are talented! I can't believe it's Friday - YIPPEE!!!!!

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  4. How pretty it came out and how creative you are! It sure is beachy too.
    ~Debra
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

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  5. Hi Simone, I'd like to be the first to say: "That is such a cute idea! Especially using a mix of vintage sheets rather than just one cover - Love it!" You've given me some ideas for decorating our spare room...I have a couple of small chairs to cover and I'll fuss them up a bit in different covers! Yay! Thanks - Have a great Friday! Michallee (Treasures from Moira's Armoire)

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  6. Clever camouflage Simone
    And the best part.. no sewing!! have a lovely weekend. xx Julie

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  7. Hi Simone! what a great idea. I used to have a little couch like that, how I miss it. what a great to recycle and revive an old friend ( the couch!).

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  8. It turned out just great. I have an older sofa I do this with too. I love old tablecloths for this.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  9. Hey Simone, looks great...your cube footstools that you revamped would look great with this too, hope you have a lovely weekend, can't belive its been two years cheers Katherine

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  10. Hi Simone!
    great idea !!!
    Marce

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  11. Simone...fantastic...who would have ever thought...that sofa has to stay now..its been with you for so long..and now you have given it a new lease on life..and it fits in perfectly..awesome job honey xo

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  12. this is so sweet!!! I love this idea...it looks great!

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  13. I just love your project days! And you must have the best op shops where you live as well!

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  14. Simone that is a great look. Love the fabric combo and the colours are great too

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  15. That looks really sweet! I can remember my childhood best friends' mother using similiar sheets over their lounge to 'keep in clean'. See never had such lovely cushions to decorate the sofa with though!

    I did see on another blog, a lady used painters drop sheets (so like thick calico I guess?) to recover her sofa, that came up well too and little bit 'beachy' too.

    Cheers
    Sharon

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  16. So pretty - love all your gorgeous cushions. Leigh

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  17. you made a so beautiful sofa witn these lovely vintage sheets!
    val

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  18. Nice work!! It looks fab and what a great way of giving something a new lease on life xo ps did I mention pretty? So sweet ..

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  19. you can certainly decorate my future house!

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  20. It looks so cute! I love the mix of prints - much more "you" now.
    Have a lovely weekend!!

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  21. What a clever way to transform your couch - fits in really well with your beachy look and such an inexpensive way to have a little change of look :)

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  22. Very cute, it looks pleased with it's new look I think! You are so clever, I would never have thought to use sweet old sheets, but it just fits in beautifully now. Nice one.
    :) Flick

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  23. What a good idea to use several different sheets. It looks great.

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  24. oh my gosh i actually 'eeked' out loud when you said you cut that vintage sheet in half...i know that would have taken alot from you! But looks completely gorgeous x

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  25. Quickest revamp I ever came across! Have a great weekend xox

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  26. v sweet as always but where oh wherrrrre do you find the time to get all these projects done so faithfully!!!

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  27. I love it, Simone! You have such a lovely eye for mixing fabrics. Enjoy your weekend.xx

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  28. Off Topic: But Eeeek!!! I love your book collection, it's so bright!

    I'd love to see a post from you containing all those books, and sharing the book titles of a few of them.

    Im on the hunt for some colourfull books to display!

    Suzy

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  29. hi simone
    funny, I have been thinking of an armchair just yesterday
    it's amazing how it "belongs" to the place now, with all the light colours; it was a little dark before, compared with all the others things in the room.. well done
    have a nice weekend

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  30. I just did a similiar thing to an old couch and put it outside in our cabana. With lots of plants around it to make it feel tropical, it has become my outside retreat and late afternoon nap spot. love it!

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  31. You know I am your number 1 fan my friend...it is always so pretty over here. Have a great weekend. xoxoxoxo

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  32. Great idea! It completely changes the look of your sofa...and the price is right!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  33. Great transformation! Now it does look like it belongs in your home. :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  34. Just think of all the combinations now possible!!Clever solution and most heartily approved of from this side of our island!!
    :)
    Irene x

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  35. And most importantly, it doesn't end up at the dump amid trash and other debris. I believe it is important to reuse, repurpose, and give new life to old things. Like reincarnation. Literally.
    Brenda

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  36. Terrific idea! I need to cover our couch and couldn't figure out how to do it. THanks!! Now I know exactly how I am going to do it. I love your combination of fabrics too!!

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  37. Nifty idea! Great improvement.

    Have a good weekend.

    Melinda

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  38. easy enough and very, very beachy!!! i love it. i love the heart pillow too!!!
    i cut sheets up all the time. i'm there. i make big pillow shams out of cotton sheets with little flowers.
    thanks for sofa tip. you have magic.
    sue

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  39. Brilliant solution, Simone! Thanks so much for all of your kind and supportive comments lately. Have a wonderful wknd. xo

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  40. looks fantastic! you always find the most beautiful vintage things. you have inspired me to redo our terrible 90's fabric futon in the same way.

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  41. hi simone,

    it looks so cute, happy & comfy! well done. :)

    xo
    elyse

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  42. Lucky you didnt throw it out... It fits perfectly at Beach Vintage now! xx

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  43. god how cute! such a great idea for a makeover!

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  44. Oh Simone, I love how your sofa has turned out!! Your vintage sheet is just gorgeous! I just love your projects Simone ~ xx

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  45. How gorgeous this is!! HURRAY!

    Sheila

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  46. Hi Simone.

    I'm back again...

    Great idea!

    Anne
    Québec City

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  47. To create an inviting and totally stylish environment in people gathering areas of home color coordination is important. Sofa sets are easily molds in with earth-toned or bright-colored themes. Now you don’t have to worry of any mismatch or unsightly sofa that leaves a ‘less than likable’ impression.

    Thanks for sharing......

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  48. Hi Simone,

    I love how you've done the bookshelves above the lounge. Where can I find something similar with adjustable shelves?

    Thanks

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  49. It seemed to follow me everywhere I went. Since we purchased our house 2 years ago it has been feeling a little out of place. I wanted to get rid of it, replace with something more 'beachy'. I have tried a few things to hide it's modern appeal but to no avail. Alas, until today.
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