Tip: One of the easiest tips on lightening up a space! Couch makeover!

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After reading many posts on Hometalk over the years and seeing what a difference a single change in a room can make, I was hooked and had to try it for myself. This makeover tip is the easiest thing you can do to brighten up a room. We have a cottage/mobile home by the ocean as a second home and though it was in tiptop shape and decorated nicely, it had a city feel with all the dark browns, taupes, and greys in the living room and bedrooms. I wanted to feel differently when I walked into the living room and those colours were just not helping me feel like we were at the ocean!

One tip I read that has made a huge difference is to use drop cloths to cover furniture or make drapes. They are light beige, almost like a pale sandy beach, and when I bought a large sized drop cloth at Home Depot and laid it over the dark brown and lighter brown couches, it created instant light in the living room! It helped me change other things in the room to create a light, airy feel, but this was the easiest thing I did. Do try it if you feel like a room or area in your home needs some light. It cost me all of $30 for the drop cloth and I had enough to cut in half for each of the two couches. I do still have to hem one of them before I wash it again or it will fray quite a bit, but if you don't sew, you can use hem tape to finish off one of the edges. All other edges are already hemmed. How great is that? :)

We have put the dark brown couch/futon in a small bedroom, since these pics were taken, but it is still covered with the light drop cloth and we bought a comfy reclining love seat to take its place. Guess what? It's also dark brown!! LOL Yep, it will get a light cloth put onto it too, somehow.
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One of our two Havanese pooches modeling the darker couch we had before.
q one of the easiest tip on lightening up a space couch makeover, painted furniture
Adding a mirror to reflect the outdoor light and the water in the cove has helped make the room seem larger and much brighter!
q one of the easiest tip on lightening up a space couch makeover, painted furniture
The space was okay, but not at all beachy. I had dark furniture back at our regular house and definitely was (and still am!) a bit tired of that. We have since changed the area rug, the coffee table and shelving on the right and got rid of that wall sticker and fake tree. This year, we'll be getting a new tv so I'll paint the tv stand and use it elsewhere, maybe.

If you want to see what we did to those kitchen cupboards in the background, have a look at this thread I posted: http://www.hometalk.com/diy/kitchen-dining/kitchen-dining-furniture/painting-kitchen-cupboards-25260024

q one of the easiest tip on lightening up a space couch makeover, painted furniture
I cut the large cloth in two. It was already hemmed on all four sides, and had a thick hem in the middle. I cut along one side of the middle hem and so had a ready-to-use cloth for this couch. The other couch's cloth still needs one side hemmed, but having only washed it once so far, it frayed a bit, but is still fine. This coming spring, I will have to hem that unfinished side so it can be rewashed.
q one of the easiest tip on lightening up a space couch makeover, painted furniture
Here is the couch on the other wall. Easy peasy makeover and I love the result!
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 23, 2017
    I love that idea! I love that you can make it on a budget and it changes the entire look. Also, it keeps your furniture lasting longer because you can clean it so easily!Thank you for sharing!!

    • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 27, 2017
      I can't seem to locate this post when I go to Discussions, then click on Makeovers. I can only find it if I check my discussions in my profile. Any idea why? Did I post it incorrectly? thanks, Hillela.

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 23, 2017
    You're welcome, Hillela. I found this idea here on Hometalk and never thought it would be so easy or that affordable. I love how the drop cloth is easy to wash and dry and put back onto the couches.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 30, 2017
    It brightens things up a lot. You could even at some point reupholster/slipcover (fitted) your couch with the drop cloths, since it has simple lines.
    http://www.hometalk.com/diy/living-room/furniture/drop-cloth-slipcovered-reupholstered-couch-9315119
    http://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=%20slipcovers
    http://www.hometalk.com/diy/-1464415
    http://www.hometalk.com/diy/paint/furniture/reupholster-vintage-chair-redo-dropcloth-4185089

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 30, 2017
    Great ideas! Thank you, B. Enne. :)