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"Craigslist Sofa Makeover Reveal"

Got to Love Reupholstery

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I've been itching for a new sofa for almost a year.  
It all started when I was Crushing on Tufting last May and then I stumbled upon this Red, Red Rug at a garage sale that was just too great of a deal to pass on.  So after getting a slipcover and making a few other Living Room Updates.  I decided it was time to bite the bullet and start the search for a new sofa.  The problem was, there was far Too Much Inspiration out there, so much so that it was difficult to make a decision.  After a month of deliberation, I was able to not only find a great sofa on Craigslist, but I also found the perfect fabric to recover it in.  I told you about it in the And the Winner Is blog post.

So, here it is nearly a month later and I've got a great reveal for you guys.  Just to refresh your memory, I selected this sofa on Craigslist for $80. 

via Craigslist

I know, some of you were probably wondering, "What is she thinking?"  But I'm a woman of my word, and I told you it would be GREAT!

I immediately contacted my friend Mark of Baity's Custom Upholstery (you should "like" his Facebook page).  Actually, I sent him to pick it up.  Yes, I bought it sight unseen.  You see, I believe that when you hire professionals, you should trust them to get the job done.  I figure who knows better what a "good" sofa is than the man who I'm going to pay to recover one.  He gave it two thumbs up and the rest is history. 

What I love about his process is that he's great about posting the progression of your piece.  It's so cool to see it come together.  Take a look at how it all unfolded.

Seriously, the man is good at what he does. I cannot tell you how much I absolutely love this sofa.  And, is it just me or does it not look a lot like this "markdown" Restoration Hardware version that's on sale for $3,280? 

Restoration Hardware
This is proof positive that you can indeed achieve the look for a lot less.

Nothing like when a plan comes together.  So now for the view of it in its new home.....

So many things I love about this new look.  For starters, I love the texture of the fabric.

And Mark's craftsmanship is truly impeccable....  

I also find it amazing that visually this sofa takes up less space and seems to create a more open entry.  Really highlights the fact that I've got to get to painting the inside of my front door.
Anyway, I'm so pleased with the result.  I love it!!
So what do you think? 

21 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Katy | Kate Decorates said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl, I LOVE your sofa! What a great makeover!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

What an amazing transformation! the sofa is gorgeous!!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks guys! I'm loving it.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

It looks fabulous! I can't believe you didn't like the swirly blue upholstery! ;) Sooo KIDDING!! LOL I LOVE the fabric you chose. -Sarah Strohm

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl it looks amazing!!! Mark did an incredible job and it just emphasizes the beautiful bones and lines that were hiding under the previous fabric :) the style is so you and it looks just so perfectly done up, and those nail heads are just the icing on the cake! Enjoy!!!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks Sarah and Shawna.

Susan said... Reply To This Comment

What a stylish transformation. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

It looks awesome! Would you mind telling us how much it cost in total? It would be nice to have a side by side comparison of a new sofa vs. a reupholster one? Thank you!

Kim said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!!!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

It is beautiful. A great job on the reupholstery. I wish I lived closer to Charlotte because I have a few items I would like redone. Even though the sofa was only $80, I bet the reupholstery cost a pretty penny.

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks! Pricing completely depends on selection of fabric, style, and the reupholsterers fees. It varies but its not cheap. However, keep in mind that if you go vintage you likely get a better quality for the price (they dont make stuff like they used to) and you get JUST what you want.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

You know I love a ll your projects. I especially love the frugal approach, but with excellent results. I can't wait to use your service!!!


Joy said... Reply To This Comment

OMG Cheryl! You and Mark nailed it - no pun intended. I love the classic, very sophisticated look of the sofa. I can't wait to see it in person. :-)

Jennifer {Pure & Simple Organizing} said... Reply To This Comment

LOVELY lovely LOVELY! And even better in person! :)

Love your style .. as always! Thank you for being an inspiration! :)

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks So much guys! I'm really enjoying it.

Mark Baity said... Reply To This Comment

Most cases, with the right "sale" on fabric, and labor cost for reupholstery, you can easily stay under a grand, much less if you bargain shop the fabric! That is basically custom made to order, the way you want it. There really aren't a lot of restrictions like what you have at the furniture store

Mark Baity said... Reply To This Comment


For the time being...I'm using this page if you want to see some of my work!

April said... Reply To This Comment


Inspired by you said... Reply To This Comment

Looks so sleek and sexy now! What a fantastic makeover.

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks so much Inspired by You!

House Envy said... Reply To This Comment

that is awesome! I love the lines of this sofa! So well done. Great find. Saw your link up on thrifty decor:)


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