Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I bleached my couch

I know, I know, you are shaking your head or saying
"What, who does that?" 
Me, of course, it was my solution.

Here's the deets.....

I bought this couch at Macy's home store.  
I bought it with hard-earned money, 10 years ago, and it's comfy.
But, as you can see....it faded when I lived in Las Vegas.
Couches fade no matter where you live, but there...you 
cannot escape the sun's power.

The couch:

If you remember, I thought about painting it .
Well, that seemed really risky and a ton of work, and
what if I ruined it?

Then, I bought a slipcover, even though all of you told me
that they are messy and a joke.
You could be right, unless you get the perfect size.

I had no other choice.  My couch has it's own slipcover.
I removed each cushion and then the overlay and bleached each
piece separately.  I had really clean, bleach smellin' hands for about 3 days.

That's okay, cuz now my couch looks like this:

It needed pillows to brighten it up a bit.

So, I made 5 of them.

We painted the walls a couple of weeks ago and now I am working on
the final details like wall prints and the little things.

I am hoping to reveal the whole room soon.

Stick around for that...oh, and I am gonna do a couple giveaways too!

Y'all come back now, yah hear?



mary timmers said...


You should win some sort of award for having a fabulous creative brain! Way to go, baby girl!!

The Reading Girl said...

Wow! That is wonderful! And the pillows are FAB :o)


Ditto to your Mom and I sure some of her creative genes were passed on to her Baby Girl.

Shannon said...

insane. i would never guess that would work. smart lady, you are.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Really........it looks great and I really love the pillows!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found your blog. Funny, you should mention bleaching your couch. You had me so freakin' excited for a minute there. But, you meant bleaching the covers! Great idea in itself. My problem is that I don't have my entire couch is fabric, and I would love to change the color (it is a faded dusty rose). I was actually thinking the other day of trying to bleach or dye it another color, and my husband thought I would end up with a lot of "blotchyness".

I am your newest follower. Would love to have you "stop by" my blog sometime if you get a chance and follow back! I'm a newbie, so still tweaking!

Katie said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower! I stoped by from A Diamond in the Stuff! I have to say, you are one BRAVE woman for Bleaching your couch! Drop by my blog sometime, it's new, I've only been up for 3 Weeks, but its going very well!

Thanks for sharing!

Katie @

MariaS @ HandmadeLove said...

Hi there! I did bleach my slipcovers once...we had a white couch before my son was born. After several projectile vomiting on said couch I tried washing the slipcovers but there were some stains that would not come out. I bleached them. And it worked. Not the same as what you did (which was very gutsy, by the way).
Fast forward a few years and my kitchen table chairs were awfully dirty. I bleached the fabric, WHILE ON THE COUCH. Worked like a charm. They were also an off whitish color.
Bleach...it's the new dye! LOL

BluBabesCreate said...

Thank-you for the compliment! And I love your couch too.

Shelley said...

That is crazy awesome! I love the pillow makeover too :D


Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I'm so glad you wrote about this. I have a white fabric sofa and the kids have done a number on it. I would love to give this a try. How long did you leave the covers in the bleach and did you dilute?

Maris said...

Loving the colors and your pure genius when it comes to bleaching the couch! Thanks for the inspiration... I'm stopping by from Little Miss Momma's I SPY: Handmade Linky party...and becoming a new fan of your creativity!


Brandi said...

Your couch turned out great! Love your pillows and the fabric you chose!

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