I am super excited to be a part of the Getting Creative at Home Tour. 24 blogs ~ 24 projects in 5 days. A veritable tour de force of creativity!!
Hopefully you already had a chance to visit the blogs featured on day 1 & 2. We’ve had remarkable room re-do’s, precious pumpkins, painting tutorials, a kitchen make over, an incredibly shabby & chic magazine and much more.
If you missed anything not to fret, you can catch up. Just click the links at the end of this post. When visiting the blogs…follow, comment,’like’, tweet, share, ‘pin’ and enjoy! Sharing makes the tour more fun & let’s you be a part of it!
We were asked to add our most popular projects to the Getting Creative at Home Tour. If you have been visiting My Soulful Home for awhile you might guess what my most popular project has been to date. Whadda’ ya think it is???
Need a hint? Ok, what was in went out ~ what was red turned “green” ~ what would have been expensive wasn’t.
Some of you got it I bet! For those new around here, I will tell you…
My Getting Creative at Home Tour project is….. the transformation of my indoor couch to outdoor sensational aka the make my red couch “green” project!
We had a big red couch with a chaise. The chaise was deemed “the spot”. Prime real estate for watching the tube. One “spot” ~ two girls. That spells trouble…
The big red couch arrived in 2000 about the time of our first daughter. By fall 2012 it had enough kid DNA on it to keep a CSI team busy for years. It also had faded in the sunny family room.
Everyone loved the couch, but mean mommy ( that’s me! ) deemed it time for a new one. The new couch had to better than the beloved red one…but how could it compete in their eyes? …Make the chaise twice as big! The new couch is white, slipcovered & has two “spots”. Perfect!
The new couch arrived. The red one went out to the adjacent patio awaiting a special trash pick up. Sitting on the new couch I could see the old couch. I felt badly for the couch that had served us so well. That is weird, but I did. Moreover, I really liked the way it fit on the patio. Hmmm…an idea hatched!
Strip it down to the frame, cover it with wood, stain, varnish & add cushions. So that is what I did…wanna see?
Ok, so tearing off the fabric, stuffing & lining wasn’t easy, but I got it all off using pliers, shears & a few colorful words I won’t include here.
Decided to cut off the rounded arms to allow for the wood to be attached in the simplest manner.
With the help of a handyman the old couch frame was covered in new wood. (hoping blogging leads me to my own saw someday!) Did I just say that?
Then I stained it, gave it two coats of marine varnish & added cushions made out of drop cloth material. Much less expensive than sunbrella, won’t fade & washable.
I hope this DIY, inspires you to reuse, repurpose, recycle, even things that might not be obvious choices for the three R’s.
Hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Getting Creative at Home Tour! Please do visit the other blogs on the tour. You will be glad you did!
Here is the schedule:
Visit, share, follow ‘pin’ each blog or better yet, do it all! Come along with us on the Getting Creative at Home Tour!!
** Kelly **