I have been known to do a crazy DIY here and there. Remember when I made an actual rug? Good times. Any who. After I got the green monster painted, and had my curtains up, I temporarily hung my headboard, and threw a few scarves on the bed (to give it a little bit of color in place of the pillows that will one day live there).
I sort of have this gut intuition. If I don’t love something along the way, the chance that I am going to get heart palpitations every time I see it, is slim. And heart palpitation inducing is what I am going for.
So I am sitting on my couch on the other side of the room, and running every option that I can through my mind. It was just feeling way up here (insert me waving my hand around my head) and I needed something to ground it. It was just too painted, and colored. It was like one of the Real Housewives. Too much fake crap.
It needed something natural. In fact I think that I was subconsciously anticipating it because I bought this knitted pillow from Target.
We are back to sitting and stewing. Then it hits me like a bolt of lightening. Its needs leather. Leather PILLOWS! Angels sing, Mr.. Richard Simmons gets longer shorts, and everything is right with the world.
The research begins. Oh don’t you worry. The leather pillows that are for sale online are 1. Reminiscent of a Tricia Yearwood belt circa 1992. 2. Roughly the price of a kidney. 3. Look like something that came off of a sectional at Big Lots.
Ex-nay on that idea.
Next idea, buying fabric. Even FAUX leather that is not lick worthy is going to cost me $80 + Shipping.
So then my heart says “Mandi. Why are you straying so far from what you actually want to do? Get your butt on Craigslist and see what you can wrangle up.”
So that is just what I did.
And guess what?
I found a couch. The ad said that the seat cushions had been redyed but that it looked great.
I was actually feeling a little bad about the possibility of cutting up a nice couch to make pillows. It had to be THIS couch because it had the perfect amount of wear without being janky.
Imagine my surprise when I stopped by to look at it and the dye job was not awesome and all of the hesitation and guilt? Gone. Sold. Getting a Heidi Montag makeover.
This was a very nice couch. I am not going to lie. I am sure if someone wanted to they could have had new leather put on the seats or a blanket or something, but this couch’s destiny was for something different.
Repurpose onward and upward friends.
Cant wait to show you how they turn out, after I do them…still working on that.
So what do you think? Is this a brilliant upcycle or a terrible idea because I did in fact, cut a couch apart to make pillows?
Also I have a naked couch sitting in my garage. Anyone want it?