Liv’s ‘New’ Living Room

Remember my Slip Cover Project? My Union Jack pillows?  My Ottoman Makeover?  I also slip covered a couch for the same client/friend.  Would you like to see the couch?  And my friend, Olivia’s ‘new living room?  You WOULD?!!  Oh good, I was hoping so cause I really want to show it off :)

Here is the couch before.  And there is one of the pillows that also got a makeover.  And this photo is totally unedited.  I got tired of editing after the pretty ‘after’ shots and just left this one alone.  You will want to hurry past it anyway to get to the good stuff!

This is the after!  With the pillows and ottoman all finished too.  Isn’t that so much more fun to look at?  Now lets look at the bigger picture…

Couch covered, chair covered, pillows covered, ottoman covered.  Viola!  New Living Room!

 I was so tempted to keep that ottoman!  I must make another sometime.  Anyone need an ottoman makeover?

So what do you think?  Was it as fun to see as it was for me to show it to you?  The chair, she brought it to me.  The couch, I went to it!  I spent about 6 hours at her house one Wednesday making the main slipcover.  Then I brougth the pillows, ottoman and couch cushions covers home with me and made them here.  The couch cushion covers I mailed to her as soon as I had them finished so she didn’t have to live with a two-tone couch any longer than necessary.  The pillows and ottoman I delivered later.  I also spent some time doing a little redo on one end of the couch.  The ends of the couch had worn differently and since it has poufy arms I needed to add a little more fabric at one end, under the cushions, for ease.  Not a big deal, easy to fix, and out of sight when cushions are in place :)

So if you have a couch or chair or ottoman or love seat or any piece of furniture that you don’t love the look of but can’t afford to replace, consider a custom made slip cover.  If you want to make your own got to Miss Mustard Seed’s blog and watch her video tutorials on slip covering.  You CAN make a slip cover if you are on speaking terms with your sewing machine!

Back to the Union Jack pillows – I got a lot of complements on those.  Later on today a blog friend of mine is doing a giveaway for one of these pillow covers!  So you will want to check that out and enter if you like red and the union jack!  I will post about it in a whole new post so watch for it!!!!

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  1. It looks beautiful! Well done!
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  2. Oh my gosh, girl! What a beautiful makeover!! The colors are so pretty. And that ottoman is just gorgeous. I’m heading over to check it out now :)
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  3. I have dreams about a slip covered sofa, I’ve check out the tutes and there is no way in my lifetime this is going to happen with my sewing skills. If I measure my sofa and send you the details……..haha. Love it all!
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    • :) Sarah, a couch is a bigger deal – I’d recommend starting with a chair first! I wish I could make these just from measurements but, alas, I’m just not that good at it – I have to have the piece of furniture on site!

  4. VERY cute… that living room has SAFS written allll over it! Does Liv know that if she leaves the room, she may return to find you’ve painted her coffee table white?

    • :) She’s lucky she doesn’t live just around the corner huh?! Actually she does have some paint makeovers in the works too! Not sure about the coffee table but you know what I’d recommend :)

  5. What a dramatic change! Out with the old brown and in with the new white- all gussied up with those great pillows. Your pal’s room looks great, Jill! Have you given some thought to coming down for that paint workshop? Let me know. :-) Sue
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  6. looks great! :)
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  7. Becky King says:

    After seeing the work in progress( and loving it!) I’m so glad to see the finished project now. It looks GREAT!!!!!!

  8. It looks really good Jill. I love the ottoman, and I’m also hoping she doesn’t have little boys, they would dirty that in a hurry :)
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  9. Wow= That looks really really great!!!! I love the whole room..and that ottoman is unbelievably cute! xo Diana
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  10. Wow. That was a beautiful transformation. It’s so much brighter, cleaner and it makes the room look so much bigger. I am sure she is loving her new living room. What a great job.
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    • Thank you Amy! it made such a difference! She has more plans in the works too – I hope she will share some pics with me once she has her floors refinished and some more painting done!

  11. Looks great, you’ve done an outstanding job! I bet she is one happy camper too!

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  12. Really cute! Great job!

  13. oh my lord have mercy. that ottoman is awesome. everything looks so great!
    i added my follow by email button back…must have gotten lost when i changed the blog design around! happy monday to you!
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    • Thanks Ali! and thanks for putting the email subscription back on – I just signed up! My email subscription just went all wonky on me and I had to completely redo it and all I had done was move the widget. You never know!

  14. Oh my goodness, I bet she is beyond thrilled! What an amazing transformation of her room! And, yes you need to make yourself an ottoman!
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    • Thanks Pam! She was very happy:) She plans to start some painting and floor refinishing projects this fall and I would love to photograph it again when she has that finished!

  15. so adorable!!! (I really resisted writing ‘sew’…wait. I just did. oh well.) Love those pillows, and especially the pouf. I’d love two of those for my living room :) Do you know what the base was for it? Saw you at Make It Pretty Monday. Can’t wait to see what else you have for us. Nice to meet you!

    • heehee! SEW nice of you to leave such a sweet comment :) The pouf was just an old ottoman that my friend found on ebay! Search your local thrift shops and second hands stores – then make a couple ruffled slipcovers!! Thanks for commenting – I just check out your blog and it is just beautiful!

  16. Whoa! This is so crisp and clean and gorgeous!What a transformation! you did an awesome job:)

  17. What an awesome redo! I love it all ~ especially the ottoman. It reminds me of a cupcake. : )
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  18. You are good!!! Love the color, the design and I know how much work is involved. Ciao Rita
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  19. Looks wonderful! So impressed!

  20. Wow, great job on the slipcovers! Love the ottoman and pillows too.

  21. I love it all but I’m trying to figure out what you did to make that ottoman so cute! I don’t know that my sewing machine and I ARE on speaking terms now that you mention it. I have finally worked out my relationship with my drill, but you know, it’s hard to be BFF’s with ALL the tools of ALL the trades ALL the time. That’s where sewing wonders like you come into the picture. I think I need a sewing counselor like you here to mediate between me and my machine so I can make wonderful things like this too! :)

    • The ruffles are serged on both sides with red thread first, then ruffled up with my ruffler that attaches to my machine. Then I just sewed it on – around and around and around!!! I am not on good terms with other tools because my hubby thinks they are only HIS tools and HE will do that kind of stuff for me! His time frame and mine don’t always coincide though!

  22. Beautiful makeover! Love that ottoman!! :) thank you for sharing with us at Uncommon! :0 Bonnie
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  23. WOW!! And I mean WOW!! And I want the ottoman!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
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  24. Gorgeous makeover! I am so impressed… I’m not sure I could ever have the skills and patience required to make a slipcover, although I do love the results. Maybe one day! I love the pillows too.
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  25. You did a really beautiful job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.
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  26. This is just so adorable, and I cannot believe that ugly couch is hiding underneath that fabulous slip cover. I need that Ottoman!!!! Any chance you might be sharing a tutorial on it in the near future?????? If you do, I would love to feature it on Redoux, it is just so fun! I am featuring all of this cuteness tomorrow, thank you for sharing!
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    • Aw Karen, that is so sweet of you! It is amazing what a slip cover can do isn’t it! i do plan to make another cover similar to this one and I can do a tutorial when I do that! Got to find another round ottoman at a thrift store!

  27. That ottoman is just gorgeous!! I love it so much :)
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  28. Hello Jill: What a beautiful transformation of this room! Love the new look of the couch, and I am so coveting that ottoman. You’ve done such a good job with all of the projects that made up this wonderful new room!

  29. Wow! What a change! Beautiful job.

  30. Wow! What a change! Beautiful job. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I’d love for you to join the party again tomorrow.

  31. It looks fabulous! Your did a great job and the transformation is amazing! That ottoman falls into the “too cute!” catagory! Love it! Would love for you to link to Potpourri Friday!

    • Thank you Honey! I love that ottoman too – must make another one! I linked up over on your blog – thanks for inviting me over – always fun to meet new blogging friends!

  32. omg love! now i have to check out your etsy shop and find out where you are located. i can’t sew and always need that service!

    looks fabulous. found you via MMS’s party where i’m partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.

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    • Thanks Michelle! I would love to sew for you – I’m in Ohio but shipping always works if you are not in my area! I checked out your blog and I followed you back! Love what you have going on in that living room!

  33. That ottoman is so sticken cute!!! Holy cow! I love the ruffles!!!!!
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  34. Thanks for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  35. I am so very impressed! You did a wonderful job on each and every project in this room. I’m sure your friend is so pleased! I adore that ottoman! I went back and took a look at your other ottoman posts as well. Thanks for sharing all the info. I love this look and am putting this one on my hope-to-do-soon list! Visiting from 2805.

  36. Congratulations on your MMS feature! I’m popping over from her site and love your slipcovered couch, pillows and that frilly poof. I can only make pillows so this is so inspiring :)

  37. This is gorgeous! You are so talented! I love the pillows and the ottoman is so cute! I’d love for you to share this at my Twirl & Take a Bow linky party at It would make an awesome addition to the party! Hope you can stop by and join in!
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  38. Hi! Just in case you haven’t seen the news, you have been featured at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  39. That ottoman is fabulous……..thank you for sharing!

  40. Love the ottoman thank you for sharing!

  41. hi there…..oh to be able to sew like you do! so beautiful! love the feature on 2805! that is how i found you and i will be following! such inspiration…..what a couch before and after and the pillows love love love them! hugs kat =^.^=
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  42. This is beautiful, I’m going to try and make your cushions!



    • Good for you Jan! I know they will turn out beautifully – they are really simple to make! Drop cloths for the base and torn strips of fabric and ribbon for the ‘jack’!!


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