We’ve seen many lovely reupholstery jobs over the years but very few in which the fabric was designed by the owner. This was Michelle’s final project for her BFA in graphic design, and it’s pretty amazingly cool for a school project. She had been wanting to do a fabric design project, and after finding the couch at an old garage sale, the rest was history. Great job, Michelle! — Kate
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Read more about Michelle’s reupholstered sofa after the jump!
Time: 50 hours (40 researching and planning design, 12 selecting fabrics and planning production)
Cost: $1650 ($20 for sofa, $600 for fabric, $1,000 for upholstery work)
Basic Steps: My main goal was to create a bold, modern fabric so when I saw that sofa (while I was out jogging in my neighborhood!) I knew it would be a good fit for the fabric I had in mind. That wood! And that tufting! I couldn’t pass it up. Color was a big part of achieving the look I wanted. I chose to use the bright yellow for the material, while going with the classic dark brown on the wood. Working with the contrast of a vintage couch and modern fabric made for a really fun project.