Thrifty Thursday

I love my patio. It has a retractable roof and a retractable awning, so I can either choose to get full sun or as many degrees of shade as I wish. I usually opt for shade, (a) because I prefer to avoid direct sun on my skin as much as possible, and (b) a large number of my plant babies live there. They definitely prefer some protection from the ultra violets! Despite this, after two and a half years, the old couch was looking really bad. The kelim I’d put over the back had faded, and the cushions are pap (South African slang for flat and mushy), stained and torn in places. The whole thing is faded and yucky, actually, and it may well once have been a handsome piece of furniture but 2020 is not the year for splurging on having anything professionally reupholstered, so I’ve made do with recovering the seat cushions (using hand-me-down pieces of fabric and some sample books) and ramming some scrap pieces of foam down the sides for extra padding. I gave it a good vacuum (bloody cat hair) and turned the kelim the other way round. Before and after:

Still old and tatty, and my cushion recovering skills leave a lot to be desired, but (a) I managed all the sewing and stuffing in under three hours, (b) it cost me nothing but time and effort, (c) I can cross it off my To Do list, and (d) I’m happy enough for the time being. In my book, that’s four solid wins!

15 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday

  1. Linne

    Oh, wow! That IS a lovely piece of furniture, pap cushions or not . . . You did a great job fixing it up. The kelim will fade on this side, too. I know from experience selling my husband’s pen drawings outdoors that the reds fade fastest of all the colours. It must have been gorgeous in its day! I do envy you being able to sit outdoors . . . we are into winter here and while it’s still not too cold (just above freezing today and the few snowfalls we’ve had are almost all gone except in deep shade), I won’t be sitting outdoors for some months. So I hope you don’t mind if I come sit with you at times, virtually, of course.

    Stay well, Jill

      1. Linne

        Well, you may not see me, but watch for the level of that wine dropping a bit . . . although coffee and biscuits sound pretty great, too! Warm hugs to you, Jill . . .

  2. katechiconi

    That’s a great job! It looks a whole lot more comfortable and inviting.
    I’m with you on keeping skin exposure to the sun to a minimum, but even in the shade on our back deck it’s just too hot right now to spend more than 20 minutes outside, early in the morning. Waiting for the rain, waiting for the rain. I know you know that song….

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I do know that song, and I check three different weather forecasts every day :(
      But that heat of yours – I couldn’t cope with it. I know people who love extreme heat and humidity, and function perfectly well in it, but I just can’t.

  3. insearchofitall

    You did a darn good job making it look welcoming and cozy again. I have the same situation. I bought the material to redo the sofa and chairs but the foam is expensive and sewing it on my machine looks like it may be more than I can handle. Maybe after the first of the year, I’ll give it another go. You have inspired me to think outside the box.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks, Marlene. It’s not false modesty for me to say that it really WASN’T a good job, but it’s good enough. I took many shortcuts and, as I said, the cushions are not to be closely examined. But it is at least an improvement for the short term.

      1. insearchofitall

        I’m a strong believer in “Good Enough”. It’s kind of my motto since I barely see what I’m sewing so I have to work harder to get it right and Done is perfect in my eyes. ;) I’ll show some photos after Christmas of gifts I made with those phrases in mind. :)

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