May 31, 2010

an ikea facelift

So, today is my last day before embarking on a new journey. One I hope will be the last for a long time. I start my new job tomorrow. I had told Mr C that today is the day where I will sit down and park myself on the sofa. I will do nothing. Absolutely. Nothing. He just went, "uh huh". He knows me too well.

I must have ants in my pants because after dropping Keira off to school and sitting on the sofa for about half an hour.. I decided to sew something. So I headed off to Ikea.

Our really old sleeper sofa, warts and all.. 


The ill-fitting & expensive slipcover.. eeeeyuk.

We've had this sleeper sofa for a very long time. I believe it was Mr C's first sofa purchase. Believe me, that was a long time ago! I have never been able to properly recover that sofa because of it's odd cushion shape and thin arms. I've spent quite a few dollars buying slipcovers that never fit. So today, I decided to do something about it. Even though we bought new sofas for the basement, we decided to keep this sofa because of the extra sleeping area it provides. But I hate how it looks.


Ikea has great graphic fabrics at amazing prices. I bought 8 meters of this Saralisa fabric and eventually only used about 6.5 meters in total. From beginning cut to the end sew, this Ikea project took only 2.5 hrs and cost me only 45,44$ (cdn)! Not too shabby...I'm really happy about the end result and can only thank my memory of Trading Spaces for being able to complete this thing!

Cutting the fabric to fit


Pinning the pieces together


The end result! I love it!

10 comments:

Sandy a la Mode said...

ur kidding! They sell fabrics at ikea??? Dang, now I'm so sad that we don't live closer to one! I've always loved their furniture and how they style their rooms. The couch you did is so awesome, the fabric is fabuolous and you did a great job girl! God luck going back to work!

Heather said...
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Heather said...

OMG I love it! Great job Chantal. I have the same issue here with my beautiful and very expensive sofa that looks grubby as all hell. I wish I could recover it, but alas... I am useless with sewing. Great job. You rock!

KLT said...

Oh it looks great Chantale! Aren't the ikea fabrics cool? You did a WONDERFUL job! I love the fabric you chose. Hope you had a chance to lounge on it today. :) Good luck at your new job tomorrow! & Happy Anniversary!

joyce said...

WOW! That is so impressive! That sofa has seriously gone from ho-hum to va-va-voom!

Cynthia said...

I am totally impressed! It looks great ! Ikea rocks in eveything they sell, but your sewing made the whole magic ! bravo !

Audrey said...

2.5 hours only? You are so so talented and made the couch so so stylish! Love the end result!

Good luck in your new job!

Jisoo said...

Can you please come over to my house and do that sofa magic?

Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

Love that fabric! Your sofa looks amazing, now. With the first pic, I wasn't sure if it was your home or a retailer... very impressive!

BODIE and FOU said...

You've done a fantastic job! It looks fab!

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