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. says

    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.


  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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!!

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. teresa says

    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.

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

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