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Thrift Store Rattan Sofa Makeover

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We bought this rattan sofa at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore about 6 months ago. It's been sitting up on one end taking up valuable space in the garage for the past 6 months. The weather has finally warmed up enough that painting is possible and my husband jumped at the chance to get this project started.
We knew from the moment we bought this sofa that it was going to be used outside on our deck. So my husband primed and painted it black. We decided to use black paint to kind of pull the sofa together with the table and chairs we already have on the deck. I also wanted the fabric to be the main attraction and not the rattan portion of the sofa.
Being as frugal as I am, I wanted to try to reuse the foam from the cushions. Let's face it, foam is expensive. Even if you can get it during a 50% off sale it's still $25 per yard for the thickness we would need for these cushions. But my hopes were dashed as soon as I unzipped the first cushion cover. YUCK! I don't know and I don't wanna know. These bad boys are trash.
I took apart one seat bottom cushion and one seat back cushion at the seams so I could use it as a pattern for my new cushions. These are so old that the stitches all but fell apart when I pulled at the fabric so it was really quick and easy to pull them apart.
It took me 4 days to finish the sewing portion of this project. I modified the closure from zippers to velcro. It actually would have been easier to just put in the zipper because in order to use the velcro instead, I had to rework the pattern pieces to overlap instead of meet up.
Isn't she a beauty?! The leaf print is outdoor fabric from Better Homes and Gardens.
I made and sewed over 100 ft of bias tape to make the piping. It took what seems like forever but it was so worth it.
We decided to make the cushions reversible. I don't know the maker of the striped fabric but it was on the clearance rack and was a better match to the leaf fabric than the first striped fabric we pulled off the shelf.
I prefer the leaf side but I do love the contrast of the striped fabric on the piping. Clyde seems to approve of the new sofa on his deck.
Did you already forget what it looked like before? Here's a comparison photo.
We are so happy to have this project done and out of the garage! Now I have room to bring home more stuff. Just kidding, sort of.

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Pretty! Great save!

    • B
      B
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Hannah V Thank you Hannah! I'm so glad to have finally tackled this project.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Wow, wow, WOW, and if I may, one more WOW for good measure!

    • B
      B
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Miriam I Thank you!

  • Carol Klick
    Carol Klick Baldwin, WI
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Beautiful job! Just wondering of you put a coating of something over the black paint to make it impervious to water and water damage.

    • B
      B
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Carol Klick We used a lacquer spray paint that is labeled for indoor or outdoor use.

  • Juju (Journeys With Juju)
    Juju (Journeys With Juju) Georgetown, TX
    on Apr 16, 2015

    GREAT job!

    • B
      B
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Juju (Journeys With Juju) Thanks so much Juju!

  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Stylish makeover. Well done! Expert sewing job too.

    • B
      B
      on Apr 17, 2015

      @Carole Thank you Carole!

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