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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.
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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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
Did you already forget what it looked like before? Here's a comparison photo.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
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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  • Kaye Wall
    Kaye Wall Delhi, IA
    on Jan 22, 2017

    Did an awesome job...I too like the reversible fabrics!

  • Madison Stephens
    Madison Stephens
    on Jun 18, 2017

    Very well done! But why didn't you just buy three already made chair cushions? Did you not find a good pattern so you decided make your own?

  • Valentinebaby50
    Valentinebaby50
    on Jul 9, 2017

    Beautiful transformation!馃憤馃徑

  • Theduke1234
    Theduke1234
    on Jul 9, 2017

    I thought it was a pretty in the before, but it is truly gorgeous in the after, They were all real pretty patterns and I love the black paint you chose.......Great Job!!

  • Ramona Robnett Sprecco
    Ramona Robnett Sprecco
    on Jul 10, 2017

    It's almost identical to the one I have. Bought the whole set on Craigslist. Couch, love-seat, chair and table. I kept the rattan because the set was used in a house but it's been on my patio a while and although the cushions (which were re-covered) are holding up the frame is looking bleached and dry. I've dabble with the idea of painting........wow!! This looks great!!

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