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March 11, 2015

Raise your hand if you've ever come across an incredibly cheap vintage
sofa but you didn't buy it because you didn't know how to reupholster it.

Okay, put down your hand because that would be all of us.

Today is your lucky day because I'm going to
hook you up with a step-by-step tutorial on



Abby Metz of Do It Yourself Design posted one of the most "do-able"
tutorials on reupholstering a vintage sofa I've found on the 'net.

She turned this $35 orange eyesore:

into this modern beauty:
 for less than $200.  It's true.

Abby walks us through the process of deconstructing the original upholstery:

. . . . using the original fabric as a pattern:

. . . and then meticulously shows us how to form-fit
and staple the new fabric to the old frame:

Abby's article features 84 photos (I know, that's a lot!) on
how to turn an old sofa into a contemporary marvel.

Reupholstering an old sofa is a win-win because you can have
(practically) new sofa for about 20% of what a (real) new sofa
would cost.  And you keep a serviceable sofa out of the landfill.

Thanks, Abby!


  1. I did this one time. I like her take on this!

  2. I must of missed a step or two because it looks really easy!