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The Patio’s Starting Point (+ a Giveaway!)

After the world’s longest, most torturous winter, the exterior of our house is just horrid. It’s filthy, yes, but not a thing had been done to it after we moved in last summer. After initially spending all of our time indoors (knocking things down and building them back up) and working with contractors up until Thanksgiving week, the weather became too brutal to devote any energy outside – until this past weekend!

You might remember when we had to remove the siding around our entry, reinforce the front door and install our transom window, and as a result, we had fresh 2x4s that met up with our old, dingy front patio. After losing The One and finding The Real One, the sizable patio was a huge selling factor (a rarity in Chicago!), and while we did enjoy many, many drinks on that patio last summer, it received no attention whatsoever. We’d been talking about the day when we could focus on our home’s exterior, and we’ve finally reached a phase in our home renovations – weather permitting – where we can think about how we’d like it too look.

But! First things first. As with everything within (and, obviously, outside) these walls, a lot of our time has to be put into prep, prep, prep. We’re looking forward to the day – this summer! – when we can rebuild the front stairs, paint the patio and plan for flowers, bushes and pavers. It’s so easy to want to dive in, but we first have to put in the sweat to get to our starting point. Up until this weekend? Our patio and siding had been covered in grime and sludge – from the weather, contractors and decades of neglect (us included):

Not having a need or use for one until now, we picked up a Craftsman 675 Series gas powered pressure washer as a part of our collaboration and partnership with Ace Hardware and got to work! (The kids at Ace? They’re awesome.)

I’ve never used one before, but I’ve always had this idea that a pressure washer is a magical tool that changes lives – and luckily, it’s true! It’s true! I watched Scott for a little while before I gave it a go, and I was hooked. It’s so easy! It’s so fun! It fulfilled my love of instant gratification, which quite honestly, is wholeheartedly embraced during this DIY ride.

For almost four hours this past Saturday, Scott took over and transformed the patio, siding and lattice on the front half of our house (not including the second level). We’re both enamored with the results – if not a little grossed out by what used-to-be:

We’re thinking that our cute (but too small) bistro set may eventually have to go for something with more comfort, and omg we cannot wait to paint the front door – and, of course, the patio! (Now if only the weather forecast will allow for more than one day of sunshine…)

And because Ace Hardware loves you as much as we love them, together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! (The best part of our partnership? We think so!) The giveaway runs through this Friday, April 18th at 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting those that support us! 

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - April 15, 2014 - 7:42 AM

    I can’t believe that- I thought the first photo was before you replaced the flooring. It looks great! We’ve only did it once and I couldn’t believe what a difference it made. We’re due again for it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 8:48 AM

      Oh man, wouldn’t that have been something?! We will likely be rebuilding the steps up to the porch, if only we can convince Scott’s dad to come up and help with that… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Isn’t this kind of transformation amazing! We are needing to do this on our siding. I am sure that when all is said and done, I will be so grossed out by how much grossness was hanging on!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - April 15, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    I’ve been dreaming of a pressure washer since I knew what they were. You see, my job as a kid in the summer was using a paint scrapper to remove the gunk from the decks cracks. We had a two story wrap around deck. We lived in a forest with pine trees and such. Spoiled white kid complaints, I know, but that experience put pressure washers on a pedestal for me.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 10:19 AM

      Whoa, I can’t even…ReplyCancel

      • Haley - April 15, 2014 - 10:26 AM

        Granted, I usually got out of doing the whole thing, but still I liked Fall/Winter/Spring chores better. We got to burninate the country side aka burn brush to reduce fire hazards.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 15, 2014 - 10:17 AM

    And now it’s all covered in snow again… ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 10:20 AM

      I can’t even talk about it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - April 15, 2014 - 10:26 AM

    We had someone come do our siding last spring — part of which is under a poorly constructed tin patio roof that allows water to drip down the side, resulting in green nastiness. We also had him do our wooden privacy fence. He worked for well over 6 hours, but the transformation was priceless. We’ll be getting this done every spring for sure!! We’re working on a mini patio makeover this spring, too — can’t wait to see what you come up with (and steal some ideas!!)ReplyCancel

  • Staci - April 15, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    What a transformation!!!
    Crossing my fingers for the ace card ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sam - April 15, 2014 - 7:32 PM

    Man, the power of a pressure washer can really be amazing, right? It looks so great!ReplyCancel

  • Sf - April 15, 2014 - 9:35 PM

    I have really dirty white siding, but I’ve read that you should never power wash siding because it pushes water under the siding panels, leaving one at risk for mold, water damage, etc. Did I get some wrong information? I’m not looking forward to cleaning my very tall house with a garden hose and rags.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 10:33 PM

      That’s a totally valid concern, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the case… A quick google search has a handful if tutorials for pressure washing siding, but I’ll definitely do some more digging before we finish the rest of the house. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laura C - April 16, 2014 - 9:36 AM

      I had a similar question/comment. I always thought it was OK to power wash siding using a fan nozzle and lower setting, but only if you do it from above, so that the water isn’t going up under the overlapping boards.ReplyCancel

  • David Vargo - April 16, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    Kim, I would be more than happy to help with the deck steps. Please send me pictures from all angles.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 16, 2014 - 9:42 AM

    I have a power washer obsession ;) they are so much fun and make such a difference.ReplyCancel

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The Farmhouse Desk: Starting Over

Scott and I are a little bit all over the place with house progress. With the workroom being completed (packing Shop orders was life changing last week!), I’ve got my sights set on the main studio space, but we’ve also been working on the entryway baseboards during the weeknights, we’re really itching to find a rug to set under our soon-to-be navy sofa, and we’ve got a few plans to get started on the exterior this coming weekend (hello, spring! Kind of!). Nothing is terribly overwhelming (ha!), and we’re taking it one step at a time (well, one step here, then one step there), but isn’t that the general feeling during the changing seasons? Wanting to do All the Things?

But back to the main studio! It’s completely functional and fine – but remember how excited I was to pick up this farmhouse table? And then we both spent hours and hours reconstructing, sanding and refinishing it? I loved all of the little imperfections – after all, it’s from the 1800s! – but one day, I noticed that a teeny little split on the front edge started to grow. It grew some more, until eventually, it forced the center leaf to have a 1/2″ gap. And then another one of the – ahem - ‘adorable’ imperfections split, too! It split across the width of the entire table.

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Of course I was super bummed (Scott too!), and we thought, did we over sand it? Is that even possible? Was the wood too dry? I wasn’t ready to just let it go that easily, as my visions of a big, hunky farmhouse table was still very much alive. But as the cracks not only grew in length but also in width, well, it became clear that it just wasn’t working.

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Two other issues came up along this table journey, which I tried to fight at first (Kim = stubborn):

  • ONE. The aprons are too tall! When we lengthened the table overall, we mimicked the original 6″h aprons, but I’m kicking myself for not going a smidge shorter. Crossing my legs while I work is near impossible, and the arms of my chair just barely won’t fit underneath. If only I had given myself an extra inch of breathing room – that’s all!
  • TWO. I imagined that with such a large table, I could have a pen cup or fill a small tray with my stapler, tape and scissors – but what about my painting supplies? Originally, I thought they were going to live in the workroom, but as the plans for that space unfolded, it made more sense to have them on hand at my desk. Right now, my paints and desk supplies are living on a rolling cart nearby, which works – for now.

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I’ve finally admitted that I need to switch gears completely, and I need to take this as a lesson learned. (Boo.) What I’m imagining is something just as wide as the 6′ table space I currently have, as one half is perfect for my computer, and I can still roll out my drop cloth on painting days without disrupting the laptop, hard drives and random camera accessories – but with two large front drawers. There have also been days when Scott will work from home in the afternoon, and I love being able to have enough room for us to sprawl out in the same room. This Ikea desk sort of fit the bill (at least it met my drawer requirements) – until I realized it’s only 15″ deep. What?

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I do think this table could still be saved as a dining table for someone else someday (go figure, it’s intended use!), and the turned legs still make my heart happy – but I’m slowly realizing that I’m making too many concessions and I’ve reached a point where starting new beats more modifications. I need clean. I need sleek. Maybe stained wood, maybe not. And if we can make our actual dining room table, I told Scott, well, we can make a desk too! Right?

Does anyone know where we went wrong? Or was it really a fluke? We’d love to learn from this! And if anyone has made their own large desk, can you recommend plans?

  • Sarge in Charge - April 10, 2014 - 7:34 AM

    Ooooh NO. Not being a woodworking expert of any kind, I really have no idea, but this same thing is going on with some of the beautiful, 100 year old built-ins in my apartment! I can only imagine it is a combination of improperly treated wood and really dry air after a harsh winter?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 9:35 AM

      UGH, on built-ins?! Sadness.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - April 10, 2014 - 7:45 AM

    Bummer!! We’re on the hunt for an office desk too, something long enough to work for two people — we’re thinking facing the opposite direction — but not too large for our small office. No luck anywhere, and I’m not sure we have the ability to make one. We’ve been thinking about doing one with small bookcase “legs” which could be in our skills capability.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - April 10, 2014 - 8:31 AM

    So my question would be, how long did the table sit in your house before you put the top back on and screwed it together? I’ve had this happen before and usually it’s because the wood didn’t acclimate to your house and the pressure changes. I’ve used wood from our shed and noticed it warped or pulled apart when I didn’t let it acclimate inside for a few weeks before touching it. On the other hand, we renovated our bathroom last summer and then installed central heat and air six months later. All the trim in the new bathroom, and a door we stripped and sanded and polyed all warped a little. The pressure and humidity changes made the wood pull apart and crack in places. It seems to have settled back into place a little with the change of season from winter to spring, but it’s also mostly held by nails instead of screws, so I think it has some room to breathe. I don’t think the top of your table can be rescued in its current state, but you could cut your aprons down and attach a new piece from here. Honestly I’d just attach a solid top and let it do it’s thing from here as a dining table. Or harvest the legs and make some sweet half wall tables. Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 9:33 AM

      Lindsey, you’re a rock star. Thank you for this feedback! We did consider that we likely eff-ed up with the weather conditions, and I forgot to mention that in the post itself. It was about 50 degrees when we were working on this in the garage, so there was definitely a temperature change when we brought it in. (In fact, when we made our salvaged wood shelves in the workroom, we brought in the studs we wanted to use a week prior to building for this very reason!)

      I like the idea of half wall tables AND putting one solid top (and them maybe trimming the sides with 1x2s?), but at this point, once we decide on our NEW desk, I’m thinking this might get re-listed on Craigs for someone else wanting to take on that challenge… (I say as I sit surrounded by 100 other projects…)

      Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 10, 2014 - 9:10 AM

    I wouldn’t blame it on anything you did or didn’t do. The table is over 100 years old – maybe it’s just an age-related thing. Wood does its own thing – it’s organic, after all, and we can’t control the nature of nature (ooh! I just made that up all by myself there!). I think, like the too-tall apron, it’s a sign that the table just isn’t meant to be your desk. Above all, a desk has to be functional, so it’s good that you’re looking for something to really fit your needs long-term!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 9:34 AM

      The hardest part is finally admitting it!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - April 10, 2014 - 9:50 AM

    What Lindsey said is part of the issue, wood shrinks and swells with humidity and temperature. So, come (hot, humid) summer, those cracks will close up.

    Remembering back to my education on wood members and structures, looking at the end grain on your boards, those boards are cut from close to the middle of the tree. You can see the rings forming tight arcs, where if they were cut from further out in the tree, those arcs of the tree rings would look wider. Wood that cut from closer to the centre of the tree is more prone to cupping across the width of the board as it shrinks and swells. Generally wood cut from the centre is cheaper than cuts from the outer portions because of this.

    So, unfortunately, you have two things going against you on this tabletop! You wood is shrinking with the dry winter air, and the temperature changes, plus you have your top boards literally curving away from the straight plane.

    I bet you could use two of that Ikea desk back-to-back, even with a bigger desktop spread across them if you wanted. They look like a great table!

    I just picked up this desk (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S99014550/#/S99001982) for my sewing space and I love it! The trestles are height adjustable, which is great if you’re switching between sitting work and standing work (or you can even angle it like a drafting table!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 9:58 AM

      Thank you SO much! This is new information for me. So many things working against me for this table – blech.

      I also like your idea of the back to back table, just not sure I’m willing to spend that much for v.2. Hmmm…ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - April 10, 2014 - 9:56 AM

    Ugh oh no! I’m sorry that your farm table is cracking! I’m with Lindsay though and think it’s temperature-related. We ran into the same thing with some barn doors we built in our basement. We ended up having to scrap them and re-do it, but yours doesn’t seem as bad. Maybe you can re-seal it? Or at least wait and see what happens? I understand the desire to move on though – it’s hard when there are SO MANY projects! Good luck and keep us posted!
    ~Amy
    http://www.lifeonhillst.comReplyCancel

  • Whitney - April 10, 2014 - 10:54 AM

    I’ve always loved that IKEA desk, until I went and looked at it and realized it’s super rickety (at least the floor model is). I’ve found a lot of sturdy gems at IKEA, and that desk isn’t one of them. Such a bummer. Maybe you could repurpose the beautiful turned legs on a new desk you guys build? You can definitely pull that off after building your dining room table! Maybe a wheeled drawer tower under the desk would suffice for paint brushes and other supplies? It would be a great way to add a pop of color, too! CB2 has some great ones, but I bet it’d be easy to find them elsewhere, as well. Or maybe even a vintage tool drawer tower?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 10:58 AM

      Oh, good to know! Yeah, Ikea can be hit or miss. The Varde is built like a rock, but some of their other cabinets were RICKETY.ReplyCancel

  • Myra - April 10, 2014 - 12:28 PM

    I’m not an expert, and I couldn’t see from your build post how you attached the top to the aprons, but my guess is that you overdid it on the attachments. This article gives some good recommendations about how wood expands/contracts and how to attach tops. http://Www.wood-w.com/tables/building-tables-attaching-tabletops.htmlReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 1:13 PM

      Thanks for this link! Will definitely be reading it further.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - April 10, 2014 - 12:52 PM

    That’s so sad about your farm table! I was just looking into DIYing something similar. We have a 90s farmhouse table in the dining room, but the legs are pretty petite so I was thinking of making something more along the lines of the PB Sutton table.

    I agree with everything Liz and Lindsey said about the wood acclimating. I’ve noticed our floors bounce and creak more in the low humidity winter, so the same thing may have happened to your table. The comment about cupping makes sense, too. I wonder if oiling or waxing the table top would help to replace the lost moisture?

    Since you already replaced the side aprons on the table, is there any way you could/would consider modifying your table to work for you? I know Pottery Barn has a similar “Printer’s Writing Desk” that has a drawer, and I’m trying to remember which desk of theirs I’ve seen where essentially the whole apron pulls out into a drawer. I feel like it was the Bedford Project Table (which I’ve always loved!) but maybe I’m going crazy. As for the leg crossing/chair arm dilemma, you added casters to your last table for similar reasons, maybe some cute cup casters would solve that issue? I’ve had this picture pinned on my kitchen board for the longest time.

    Another idea for paint storage… I’ve had my colored pencils and paint brushes stored in Ikea Asker containers, hung on a Grundtal rail for quite a while, and I’ve been thinking about storing my paints like this. Maybe something similar would work for you?ReplyCancel

    • Cait - April 10, 2014 - 12:55 PM

      And I forgot to add- I had my eye on that same Ikea desk, but like Whitney I was disappointed when I saw it in person. :(ReplyCancel

      • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 1:15 PM

        Not sure oiling/waxing would work now, since the whole table has 3 coats of poly, but MAN, what a lesson learned about the wood acclimating. I feel like I knew this in the back of my head – but the weather wasn’t THAT cold, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal.

        And I did dabble in the caster idea, but then my arms would be at am uncomfortable height. Great suggestion though! All great advice though. You guys are really, really awesome!ReplyCancel

        • Cait - April 10, 2014 - 2:02 PM

          Ah, very true. I had forgotten about the 3 coats of poly.ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - April 10, 2014 - 3:51 PM

    Oh bummer!! Its frustrating working on projects in the winter for reasons like this! We ran into some paint issues while working on projects in Kansas in the winter. Brr. Looking forward to seeing what you figure out. What about options from CB2?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2014 - 4:19 PM

      Scott suggested CB2 as well, but when I took a long, the largest desk (which, by the way, seems to the biggest obstacle!) had a “top” drawer, where the whole top slides to reveal storage. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open there though!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Bee - April 10, 2014 - 4:17 PM

    The problem stems for all the reasons metioned above, dry heat wood movement and the way that you allow for that is to secure the top pieces together (the butt joins) but use a fitting that allows the whole top to be attached to the frame but still allows it to shrink/expand. there are fittings that screw into the top and have a slot instead of a screw hole on one end to allow for movment.
    Google provides plenty of tutorials. Cheers
    http://www.wood-w.com/tables/building-tables-attaching-tabletops.htmlReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - April 10, 2014 - 7:21 PM

    What a bummer!

    Have you thought of using two Ikea tables back to back so you have four drawers? You could even create a wooden top to make it more natural looking and for a workspace you can muck up. Just a thought!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 11, 2014 - 9:17 AM

      I’m realizing that whatever we buy (if we don’t make) will likely need modifications! Oh, to be happy with products right out of the box… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Beth - April 11, 2014 - 10:18 PM

    I own that exact Ikea desk you were looking at, and have had it for about 3 years and several moves. It did get wobbly a few months ago, but 5 minutes with a hex key tightened it back up and it’s solid like a rock. The only recurrent problem I’ve found is that the partition between the two drawers must have been slightly off center, so one drawer occasionally goes off its rails. Other than that, it looks like new.

    It is indeed very narrow, so I don’t know if it will meet your needs. I have found that its narrowness makes it a very versatile furniture piece. In my last house it was behind my sofa, like a console table, desk combo. Now it’s at the foot of my bed, being a desk, footboard combo. It may go into my dining room at some point. It’s not super fine high quality furniture, but I’ve been happy with it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2014 - 5:40 PM

      Beth, thank you! It’s good to hear a positive review. I actually see it working really as a console (with storage!) behind a couch or in a long but narrow hall/entry – great point.ReplyCancel

  • MJ - April 12, 2014 - 1:28 AM

    I bought an oak library table at an antiques fair from the 1920s, and kept my laptop on it everyday running 24 hours a day, I know, bad habit for the laptop as well. But I started getting a hairline crack right where the laptop fan blows. I now keep it elevated on some books. Just a thought that the laptop may also be a factor.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie - April 15, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    I read your post and then ran smack into this in Craigslist and it reminded me of the large work surface you have now, but with drawers. Minus beautiful turned legs though.
    http://columbus.craigslist.org/atq/4398249863.htmlReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 1:07 PM

      Wow, that’s HUGE! And awesome!ReplyCancel

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Velvet!

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Velvet!

It’s here! And whoa, how about this blue? After Scott and I agreed that our new couch needs to be a statement, our thoughts immediately went to – surprise, surprise! – navy. Our velvet chair has held up really well with a home full of pets, so we knew that we could always order West Elm’s fabric by the yard again. But after we received a suggestion from our reader, Heather (thank you!), to give House Fabric a go, we ordered a handful of samples. (We also checked out our favorite local Textile Warehouse, but with no luck.)

The winner was clear from the moment we spread out the samples across our table – Chambord Indigo. It’s so thick, and this blue has so many shades and variations depending on the light. Just imagine how it’s going to look once it’s been tufted! We took these photos outdoors which shows a very vibrant blue, but indoors it looks deep and rich, true to the sample on the House Fabric website. It does not lean primary (as these photos in the direct sun may suggest!), and at times, it’s a subtle gray blue. And as I sit here at my desk and look over at my swatch, it’s a true, dark navy. How’s that for a blue with multiple personalities?

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We had budgeted around $20-25/yard for our fabric (we would need 20 yards total for our more-than-8′ couch!), but quality was a must for us – so we weren’t set on sticking to that number. But as you can imagine, we were thrilled that our favorite (crazy durable) indigo velvet came in at $15/yard! We rubbed our sample all over the dogs (you know, as you do), and we were surprised to see that it came back virtually fur-free. Our other contenders were fur magnets, so while we know choosing a navy velvet couch might seem nuts for a four pet household, well, we’re taking the risk. Call us crazy. (Oh, hey, crazy!)

I’ll be dropping off our couch to the upholsterers today, and in a handful of weeks, we’ll have a game changer in the living room. We’re bursting.

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - April 8, 2014 - 6:58 AM

    I absolutely love it!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - April 8, 2014 - 6:59 AM

    I can’t wait to see the final result, I understand your bursting state of mind. Navy blue, you said ? Some colors are so hard to photograph. It looks so cozy, the kiddos will love it. I like your velvet choice, you crazy !ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 8:29 AM

      Yes – blues and pinks are difficult! And those are our favorites, so go figure. I love that you called us crazy. (We are.)ReplyCancel

      • Marie - April 8, 2014 - 9:09 AM

        Love crazy ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Christine @ Little House On The Corner - April 8, 2014 - 7:33 AM

    Can’t wait to see the transformation! It’s definitely going to be the statement piece you’ve been looking for!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - April 8, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    oh that navy… seriously though… it’s going to be stunning. can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin@Suburban Bitches - April 8, 2014 - 8:26 AM

    I recovered a vintage midcentury couch in the performance velvet from West Elm in a deep navy and I lOVE it! Yes, it is usually covered with fuzz from the rug that is in the same room but I wouldn’t change it at all. The velvet is so luxurious!!
    http://www.suburbanbitches.com/diy-hio-reupholstered-midcentury-couch/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 8:29 AM

      Ooh, it’s SO good! We took home a sample swatch of that ink blue from West Elm, and seriously considered it. The fabric we chose in the end is sliiiightly less deep, which felt like a good fit for our 4 pet household. Love your couch!ReplyCancel

      • Erin@Suburban Bitches - April 8, 2014 - 3:53 PM

        I can’t wait to see the final result. And reading your reply to cost below, I too have found that you can’t really get away with reupholstering a couch for any less than buying a new one. But having a one-of-a-kind piece is worth it in my book. I know that I could never buy a new couch that I love as much as my reupholstered one!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 8, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    I’m curious about the upholstering process, I’ve never had that done before (John’s done a few simple chairs himself, but not a whole couch!). Is getting furniture upholstered/re-upholstered a “splurge” kind of cost, or is it more reasonable? Let me put it this way: more or less expensive than buying a whole new couch?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 9:14 AM

      Depends. Scott and I were liking couches we would see online for around $1500 (and slightly more), but when we got into the store to check them out, the quality/comfort wasn’t what we had hoped for. When we saw the sofa on Jubilee’s blog listed for $80 (basically, they were giving it away!), I emailed the photo to a handful of upholstery shops for a quote. The best price was from Covers Unlimited – who we have used in the past and LOVED (they’re a small shop that’s top notch and have amazing customer service!) – so once we bought the couch, our fabric ($300) and the upholstery (plus tightening up the slight structural issues), we’re going to end up in the same range – if not slightly less – as if we had brought a brand new couch. And the brand new couches we didn’t LOVE in person. So! I guess all that to say that we’ll end up paying a little less than a new couch and have something totally unique!

      Some of the quotes were completely outrageous though… so it really all depends! We’re lucky that we’ve used Covers Unlimited in the past and they always have the best price, so we trust them fully.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - April 8, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    No wonder you are bursting – it’s going to be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the result. How long do we have to wait?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 10:04 AM

      Hopefully no more than 3 weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - April 8, 2014 - 11:14 AM

    that fabric is so so SO beautiful! crazy goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Carly - April 8, 2014 - 11:15 AM

    I think velvet works great with pets! We have a performance velvet couch from West Elm and the hair comes right up. The other bonus- we have spilled EVERYTHING on our couch and it wipes right off!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 1:22 PM

      Agreed. It also seems to hide any little kitty claw accidental puncture wounds!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - April 8, 2014 - 1:54 PM

    I bought 2 swivel chairs and a settee on Craig’s List for $60. I’m covering one of the swivel chairs in navy velvet and I can’t wait to see the final result. I’ve got to save a little money first to pay for the upholstery job but I know it will be worth the cost.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki - April 8, 2014 - 1:55 PM

    I love that fabric! I am currently obsessed with navy velvet furniture. I am looking for a bench or midcentury chair to reupholster with navy velvet. I would never have the guts to do an entire sofa, but I can’t wait to see your finished sofa. Maybe it will push me out of my beige or gray sofa comfort zone! :)ReplyCancel

  • tia - April 8, 2014 - 2:54 PM

    oh i cannot wait to see the finished product! i ended up choosing jb martin como velvet in indigo. currently waiting for it to arrive.ReplyCancel

    • heather - April 8, 2014 - 3:14 PM

      Sorry that I didn’t get back to you, Tia. I have been on vacation and not using my computer much. Anyway, I purchased a velvet called Geneva Midnight. Good luck with your project!ReplyCancel

      • tia - April 9, 2014 - 12:32 PM

        no problem and thanks! i would love to see a photo of your finished project.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 3:43 PM

      I love that we both ended up using House Fabric based on Heather’s reco!ReplyCancel

      • tia - April 9, 2014 - 12:33 PM

        i actually ended up ordering from another website. i have a lovely collection of navy velvet swatches now…lol. i’ll share a photo once my chair is finished.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - April 8, 2014 - 3:10 PM

    Yippee! The velvet is gorgeous and it is going to look amazing on that sexy sofa. I am so glad that you checked out House Fabric! Like I said before, I am totally satisfied with my choice, which was velvet named Midnight Geneva. It takes the “ruff” and tumble nature of my pooch like a champ. I will email a pic of my chair to you. :) I totally agree that the sample price is a little high, but did you see that the sample you chose can be returned for a refund? 5 bucks is still 5 bucks, right! Can’t wait to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

  • heather - April 8, 2014 - 3:20 PM

    Kim- Do you follow Smitten Studio? Check out the 5th image in Sarah’s latest post. I couldn’t help but think of your sofa!!

    http://www.smittenstudioonline.com/smitten-travels-miami-beach/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2014 - 3:44 PM

      Oh, awesome! We could not be more excited! And I didn’t notice that you could get your sample money back. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Smith | Fox & Willow - April 8, 2014 - 9:15 PM

    SO exciting! can’t wait to see it done!ReplyCancel

  • Aileen - April 9, 2014 - 2:21 AM

    That is SO exciting! We’ve been wanting to reupholster our sectional for a while now, but have to hold of due to financial constraints. But I’ll live vicariously through you because I can’t wait to see how your couch comes out!

    And pet hair friendly? YES PLEASE. We have 3 dogs, 4 cats and a revolving door of foster puppies (recently had a litter of 8!) so I’m definitely looking into something similar. Our current couch loves to hold onto pet hair no matter how many times you vacuum or sticky mop.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 9, 2014 - 9:36 AM

      Whoa, that’s a lot of pets! Thank you so much for being an amazing foster family. It’s so, so appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - April 9, 2014 - 8:09 AM

    This looks like it’s going to be fabulous! Has it been 3 weeks yet? Is it done yet?! Come onnn upholsterer you have dying fans needing to see this couch!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 9, 2014 - 9:35 AM

      I know, I know! We’re hoping it’s closer to 2 weeks, but we are dying over here too! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 9, 2014 - 12:11 PM

    I’m new to the blog but from Chicago. It is fun to read about things and that are kind of local for me. What is the name of the fabric warehouse you struck out at?ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 9, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    This makes me all giddy! Love it and it will look so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - April 10, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    LOVE IT! I can’t wait to see the final piece!ReplyCancel

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