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My Free Sofa


Our town has a FB page where people list items for sale.

One day, I saw that my friends C & D had listed a sofa. The title read-make offer.

People were making crazy, low ball offers.

I jumped on FB and typed:  don’t sell it for those crazy low prices!  Let me buy it!

They removed it from FB and kept it in their garage.  I emailed them some pictures of ones that had been made over and they were thinking about having it re-upholstered themselves.  For whatever reason, they decided not to.

About year (more or less) later, I got a text.

If you still want the sofa, come and get it…Me back to them~can I come Thursday?  “C” got a job in a big city and they were moving themselves and were not going to take it.  They tried to donate it, but nobody was willing to come pick it up.  I offered to pay, and “C” said no, I know you will do something great with it and I want you to have it.  You can make us something one day.

I went and got it,

called and upholsterer, bought some fabric,

painted the wood with Annie Sloan Old White and distressed (of course).

 And here we are, living happily ever after 🙂


Southern Hospitality,  Coastal Charm, Savvy Southern Style, Miss Mustard Seed,

Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. GASP!! She’s a beauty!!

  2. only you!! how awesome is your transformation. Have a great day my friend!!

  3. It’s gorgeous! Congratulations on a beautiful restyle!

  4. HOLY SMOKES!!!!! shazam, my friend, shazam.

  5. You lucky girl! She’s gorgeous!

  6. What a FIND! It is GORGEOUS. Seriously gorgeous.

  7. She’s a beauty Debbie!!

  8. Talk about stamina! That sofa and you were meant to be together – it’s a match made in free FB heaven!

  9. Wow!! It is gorgeous! Love it!

  10. You definitely lucked out with this one. It looks fantastic – so classic and elegant yet very cool at the same time.

  11. Unbelievable Debbie! What a gorgeous piece…and FREE nonetheless! WOWZA!

  12. Holy crazy gorgeous! I have a chair with the same lines, and am scared of recovering it myself.

  13. Simply smashing… Good golly.

  14. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Love it~ what a find!

  15. WOW!!! I LOVE it!! Those freebies don’t come around often, but boy when they do…. YOU GOT LUCKY!!!
    OH and I am off to find you on insta!!!
    Queen B and Me

  16. Score!! This is beautiful!!!

  17. WOW! That is gorgeous!

  18. This happily ever after story brought tears to my eyes, especially after I looked at my own couches. They need to come live with you long enough to have their own happily ever after.


  19. that’s what I am talking about! and you got it for free!!

  20. I love it! You’ve made a new creation with the best old ideas intact. My kind of project. Good job!

  21. Debbie what a blessing! And it turned out beautifully!!!
    It’s been a long time since I’ve had something quoted at an unpholstery shop. If you don’t wish to answer this, I understand, but I am curious how much the re-upholsterer charged…and if there were additional expenses beyond the fabric.

    Have a great day!!!

    P.S. – your site is loading really slowly….just an fyi

  22. Wow… this is stunning. It reminds me of a sofa (my dream sofa) that I found in the Restoration Hardware catalogue – priced between $2000-$3000!!

  23. Wow! What a deal! You have done a beautiful job restoring it. I love it! I would love you to share this at my new party “Totally Transformed Tuesday” @ http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com Have a wonderful day. Peggy

  24. That is gorgeous. Lucky you.

  25. Wow, how great is that!! Your sofa is gorgeous.
    Mary Alice

  26. Sofa came out beautifully! Wondering if you would ballpark the cost of upholsterer not including fabrric. I picked up a great vintage couch for 19.99 at Goodwilll. So curious about price…a few piece I have sent was pricey.

  27. What a beautiful, free couch! Love it & I am so happy you are the one who got it! Great job!

  28. So, so pretty! Love the makeover, and what sweet friends for gifting it to you 🙂

    ~ Jeannine

  29. oh my goodness sounds like my story with my miss frenchie….she was headed to the dump! Love these kinds of stories. I read your blog everyday, just wanted to say hi and that I love every post…you are such an inspiration!

  30. Simply amazing! I ♥ it. Hopped over from Wow Us Wednesday and I’m happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit and follow me back! http://vintagestreetdesigns.com Have a great night! Judy

  31. Woohoo! What a find! It reminds me of the sofa that was in my grandmother’s living room….I would love to have it.

  32. Hi- just wanted you to know I featured your amazing sofa on my blog today- Have a lovely weekend!

  33. She’s a beauty. I love the details, and what a great story.

  34. Stunning. I’m wondering if you could share what fabric that is and from you purchased it. It looks to be the exact color and texture I need to cover a headboard.

  35. Amazing! Don’t you love it when the stars align and something like this crosses your path. It was meant to be.

  36. Debbie, you have such great vision. This sofa is beautiful since you transformed it. The style looks like a sleigh, don’t you think? I just love it. It certainly looks happy now.

  37. Seriously, this looks amazing! I love the colors and fabric you choose. It’s such a lovely piece now. Your friends gave it to the right person. You did a wonderful job, Debbie!

  38. You must live in a dream world because that couch is what dreams are made of! Absolutely in love with it! What great luck!

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