9 Apr 2010

SHOW & TELL FRIDAY


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15 years ago, we bought two sofas for our living room. They are very comfortable, and I didn't want to buy a new pair only because the Alcantara fabric looked dirty and the beige had become dark. There also were spots from drinking and eating. I had tried to clean it but the result was not at all as I wanted.

To get the two sofas covered with new fabric, costs a fortune and it is almost cheaper to buy new once. I didn't want to spend money on sofas but keep it rather for my vacation's piggy bank. One day I had a bright idea. I thought if I choose fabric and have it cut in 6 pieces and cover the seats with that it certainly would look nice.

Immediately I went to a fabric store to realize my idea, choose a fabric, gave the mesures and asked for the price of 6 finished pieces. When I heard the price I almost fainted they wanted 200 € (267 $) the fabric I choose was quiet expensive ! I had to find another solution. The following sunday I went to the big market in Brussels and bought a wonderful fabric of the same quality for only 20 €. As I can't sew at all a friend cut it into 6 pieces and my friend Ilona who is an excellent tailor, sew me the whole thing. And here is the result. I am very proud, it indeed looks like new !



Front



Back



and the whole thing together

11 comments:

Thom said...

Woot...what a thrifty shopper you are and having someone that can sew for you is great. They look marvelous...simply marvelous :)

Gledwood said...

Your house looks like a Sunday colour supplement... how d'ya get it like that..??!? It's lovely :-)

Maribeth said...

Fantastic. I love it. I have slip covers for our sofa, but use a nice throw on my chair.

Jeanette said...

Hi Gattina.
You have given your Sofa's a new lease of life, they look lovely and bright with the new covers..

Faye said...

I'm with you on saving in the vacation piggy bank rather than spendi9ng so much on home furnishings, Gattina. You came up with a great compromise though. And good for friends who can sew! This reminds me that I have curtains to sew for my living room. Sometimes when not blogging!

Loree said...

What a wonderful idea.

Loree said...

PS yes, it's always better to save the money for a vacation.

Puss-in-Boots said...

What a difference and what a great idea, Gattina. It's like having a new lounge, isn't it? Very nice indeed.

EastCoastLife said...

What a brilliant idea! You save a tidy amount through DIY. Another trip coming up? :)

claudie said...

Brilliant idea, Gattina! The result is super!
aujourd'hui, nous avons vu un nouveau maçon pour un nouveau devis!!! Notre projet maison se précise!

Melli said...

Well aren't you just a little interior decorating GENIUS!?! That is WONDERFUL! I might just steal that idea! Yes indeed! Good for you! It's beautiful!!!