Once upon a time, we bought an upholstered coffee table at a damaged furniture clearance center. I think we got a fairly good deal. Honestly, I don't remember how much we paid for it. Maybe fifty? It seemed like a decent piece of furniture. It was sturdy. The drawers worked. We could put our feet on it. You know.
Then when we got it home I realized the upholstered top had a tear in it. How did I miss that? Oh well. No turning back now. Slowly the fake leather vinyl stuff fell apart until we got to look at this beautiful thing every day:
Lovely, right? It was definitely one of the most embarrassing things in my home. I had been wanting to recover it for ages, but I was a little intimidated. I mean, the bottom had so many screws. What if I undid the wrong ones? I finally decided that if I broke the thing it would certainly be no loss.
So. Screwdriver. Deep breath.
Here. We. Go.
The most difficult/time-consuming part of this whole thing was pulling out the staples that held the old fabric in place. My hands were definitely a bit raw when the whole thing was over.
Once all the old stuff was off, I just had to staple on my new fabric. [Wait. I should talk about the fabric. I bought this a few weeks ago and then hemmed and hawed and fretted (I cannot think of a more current way to say this) about it forever. I had convinced myself that this fabric was horrible and I needed to get more fabric, but then I decided that I would not waste the fifteen bucks I spent on this fabric, so I just sucked it up and went with it. And I'm glad I did because I actually think it looks pretty sweet. Although I'm still not convinced that a plum velvet or yellow chevron stripe wouldn't be more awesome. If I could find it for cheap. Which I probably couldn't.]
After I had already started to screw the top back on, I decided I wanted to tuft it, which was a bit awkward, but doable. I could have just unscrewed the few screws I had already done, but then where's the challenge in that? I just used the original buttons, and I dig it.
I am liking this room a bit more each and every day. You can read about those pillows on the couch here, here, here, and here.