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$100 Couch Makeover: Custom Decor on a Dime

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People tell me I'm the queen of the thrift store treasure hunt. If you need it, I can probably find it - and for WAY less than a new one would be.
This couch is a recent addition to the "favorite finds" list, because we now have a custom couch for less than $200 all in. Find out how you can do the same!
  • 100 couch makeover custom decor on a dime, diy, painted furniture, reupholster
I snagged this couch from a thrift store for $100 (down from $150) and brought it home with big plans. It wasn't until I got it home that I realized it was a fairly new (4 years old) La-Z-Boy couch. Score!
Part of the reason I am able to utilize these great finds (with a lot of help from my husband), is that we have learned how to do things.
One of the big "things" that I do to help save money while still having a nicely decorated home is to reupholster used furniture.
Yes, it is time consuming in the beginning... but saving thousands of dollars is worth a little time to me!
  • 100 couch makeover custom decor on a dime, diy, painted furniture, reupholster
Once you find your piece, you need to remove all the old fabric. So just get in there and rip it all off!
Don't be afraid to pull and tug, just be careful of any rogue staples that may be flying around.
  • 100 couch makeover custom decor on a dime, diy, painted furniture, reupholster
After you've cleaned off all the old stuff, just grab your staple gun and start placing the new fabric! This is the fun part :-)
  • 100 couch makeover custom decor on a dime, diy, painted furniture, reupholster
In the end, you will have a piece you can love (and be proud of!) for many years, and at a fraction of the cost!
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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Feb 5, 2016

    Such a smart idea! You make it sounds so simple! haha way to save a ton of money with this!

    • Victoria
      Victoria Bryan, TX
      on Feb 5, 2016

      Thanks Hannah! It really IS simple!

  • Shirley
    Shirley Ft Mitchell, KY
    on Feb 5, 2016

    Very nice! However, I refrain from buying used upholstered furniture because of what might be in the the fabric. Is there any special thing that you do before you bring it into your home? Maybe I'm just being overly cautious?

    • Victoria
      Victoria Bryan, TX
      on Feb 5, 2016

      Thank you Shirley! You know, I feel the same way about used items. I usually don't bring upholstered furniture home unless I either a) know the person I'm getting it from and it was new to them... Or b) plan on redoing the fabric anyway! I definitely don't think you're being overly cautious! It's better to be safe than sorry, like my grandma also says!

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH
    on Feb 6, 2016

    You can wrap the item in plastic then let it sit out in the sun for a day or two...will kill anything that may be alive in it. The opposite works as well...wrap and set it out to freeze.

  • Sarah
    Sarah Eustis, FL
    on Feb 6, 2016

    I also am known as the junk queen where I live...but do use caution with upholstered items. I once brought home a Sheraton (higher end) sleeper I snagged at a thrift for $75. I don't tackle large upholstery projects, so I decided to clean it with Resolve, thinking that was enough for the time being...NOT. Can you say bed bugs? What a lesson I learned!

    • Victoria
      Victoria Bryan, TX
      on Feb 10, 2016

      Oh man! NOT FUN!! I don't bring anything upholstered into the house unless I know the person I'm getting it from, or plan on redoing it! Sorry you had to go through that!

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth
    on Feb 9, 2016

    This is absolutely awesome!

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