Yep. You read that right!  Someone in the apartment building next door was throwing away a love seat.  You can’t tell from the photo, but the arm on the left was broken.  I waited a week to see if anyone wanted to claim the love seat as a love seat, but no one did.sofa

The love seat was covered in microfiber fabric and that stuff is pretty-near indestructible.  I’d been thinking about getting some to recover our dining room chairs.

The morning of trash pick-up, I went out with a utility knife and cut the microfiber off the love seat.  I was surprised to find it was largely constructed of cardboard! I know- I should have taken a picture of the naked sofa, but it didn’t occur to me at the time.  I brought the fabric in the house and threw it right into the washing machine.  Did I mention that stuff is practically indestructible?  Although I knew I could wash it, I wasn’t sure I could dry it, but I was anxious to get started.  I threw it in the dryer on low and kept an eye on it, taking it out when it was just dry.

So here is a before photo of one of our chairs:Old chair

Before Shot- the plastic is ripped and the seat is stained

Before Shot- the plastic is ripped and the seat is stained

Our dining set was given to us by a friend.  The friend’s mom had them covered in the plastic when they were made.  Over the years the plastic began to stretch and then tear.  Time for a change!

I unscrewed the seat from the frame and pulled off all the plastic and the welting around the bottom of the seat.  I laid the seat face down on the back side of the microfiber, pulled it taught and stapled it to the bottom of the seat.  Then I screwed the seat back into the frame!  Ta! Da!

Our new, practically indestructible seat cover.

Our new, practically indestructible seat cover.

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