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tufted sofa reveal


After much deconstructing, button-making, tuft-tying, fabric-stapling, trim-gluing, tack-hammering and cushion-sewing, the tufted sofa is finally done!!

I feel like some confetti should’ve fallen from the sky when Kriste and I put the final cushion in place.  It didn’t, but it should have.  This sofa has been the most challenging and high-maintenance piece of upholstery I have taken on to date,  but it is done and I finally get to show it off.


There it is, all styled and pretty.

And here it is without any pillows or props…

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Kriste and I were “oohing” as we were proofing the pictures.  It’s just such a pretty sofa!

Here is how it looked when it came into my possession.  It was given to me last year after the Lucketts Spring Market for free.  Eddie, a photographer and fellow vendor, didn’t sell it, but really wanted to get rid of it, so she gave it to me.

It’s hard to turn down a free sofa, even though I knew it would be a challenge.




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If you missed the process of this makeover, you can click through these posts below to see all of the details.

part 1 | stripping & painting the frame

part 2 | making fabric covered buttons

part 3 | troubles with tufting

part 4 | tufting success

part 5 | burlap backing

part 6 | braided jute trim & tacks

A few people have asked if I’m selling it…  After such a labor, I need to keep it for a while and love on it.  I’m sure I’ll sell it at some point.  

But not today.  


In other news, we’re installing the built-ins in my mom & dad’s room tomorrow!

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  1. Marian, the sofa is absolutely gorgeous! It’s well worth all the effort you put into it.

  2. Diane says:

    I love the sofa all by itself, such a pretty shot. I have to give a suggestion, the two plaid pillows seems too large for such a delicate pretty sofa. LOVE the details!

  3. Susan Hostutler says:

    So pretty, better without pillows!

  4. Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing your process! It is stunning. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  6. Robyn says:

    Wow! The sofa is stunning! What a beautiful job you did!

  7. It is exquisite! All your hard work was worth it!

  8. Vicki Reynolds says:

    I’m drooling! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your process and the resources for the accessories!

  9. Jeri Lacy says:

    Wow! Turned out gorgeous. Job well done!

  10. Stunning!!!

  11. Darla says:

    You did a wonderful job. It turned out beautiful.

  12. Beautiful love it I have to agree
    with others , love it naked !

  13. Debbie Delosreyes says:

    What a great job!! It is soooo beautiful. My parents caught me staring at their similar living room couch and imagining what you could do with it!

  14. Margie Pousardien says:

    Beautiful job!!! Your patience paid off! I enjoy your inspiration!?

  15. Tricia says:

    beautiful! i wouldn’t even cover it with pillows!

  16. Your craftsmanship continues to amaze me!! It is so lovely! Great job girls!

  17. Beautiful work Marian!! I can understand you wanting to keep it but if you change your mind, please get a hold of me. :0)

  18. A STUNNER! Might be my fav of all your projects! If it were mine, I’d never sell it.

  19. Stacey says:

    It’s Beautiful! Now sit back and enjoy!!!

  20. Christine S says:

    This is gorgeous! Love it!

  21. Janine R says:

    Turned out beautiful but the pillows have to go!

  22. Dianne says:

    Amazing! Looks stunning . . .

  23. I’m not sure why so many people are against the pillows, I really love the whole look. While the couch alone turned out so beautiful, the pillow add a casual warmth to the entire look. You are so talented Marian! Thanks for taking us with you on this journey. Job well done!

  24. Beautiful! Such a labor of love, I’m glad you stuck with it! I once stripped a tufted chair and gave up midway through. I could not have possibly had the right tools, I worked on it for days before finally sending it to the upholsterer.

    Thank you so much for sharing your process!

  25. patricia says:

    well done Marion, it’s beautiful, I think if I sat on this I would never get up one I had a book in my hand :)

  26. Love the sofa but I can’t stop staring at the picture of the bouquet on the blue and white dish. That is so, so beautiful.

  27. Marlene Stephenson says:

    What a beauty and no one can blame you for keeping it.

  28. I love the work you did on this piece. It truly is a treasure. I’m so glad you’re not selling it. I have to say though that I’m really not loving the checked pillows. The scale is off, I know it’s good to play with scale to add interest but in this case it only detracts from the sofa in my opinion.

  29. Shy Cee says:

    Just Lovely! I tried sewing on some burlap and it kept getting caught in my machine… Was this grade of burlap something that could go through a sewing machine? I love your Hemp Oil, how will you recoat at it on this lovely sofa when it needs it? I learn so much from your questions and answers…. Thks!

    • marian says:

      It may have more to do with your sewing machine than the burlap. If it’s meant for light-duty, the burlap might just been too much for it. It does also shed and fray a lot, so that could be the source of the problem.

      I actually didn’t use hemp oil on the frame. I left the milk paint “raw”. If I did use hemp oil, it really wouldn’t need a re-coat, since a sofa frame isn’t a “high traffic” surface. A table-top might need it once a year or so.

  30. I love, love, love everything you did with that sofa!! Stunning!!

  31. Incredibly beautiful! I admire you for sticking to the job. I was following your progress and I was so impressed. The room looks amazing also. Jane Flora Doora

  32. Tracy says:

    Really really beautiful ! Sooooo Frenchy Farmhouse !
    The perfect combo !
    You and Kristie have done amazing work as always !!!
    Thank you for sharing

  33. Tufting is not for the faint of heart, so glad you stuck with it and the outcome it amazing! I wouldn’t want to sell this ever!

  34. I’m in LOVE!

    Your patience has certainly paid off.

  35. Simply wonderful!

  36. Wow! I am speechless! It looks like a completely different sofa – and the fact that you did it yourself is just unbelievable. It is so gorgeous now!!


  37. The sofa turned out beautifully. And I love those cane chairs – I wish I lived closer so I could actually buy them!

  38. It’s beautiful. Worth the hard work!

  39. Krista says:

    Just gorgeous!

  40. I think it’s gorgeous, Marian!!! I actually love all of your makeovers and I’m thinking of ordering soon MMS milk paint to attempt a makeover of my own. Wish me luck :).
    Thank you so much for the amazing inspiration you post!

    Eva | Design Cafe


  41. Oh my goodness. I am in love, it is beautiful Marianne. So much detail and care & sweat 😉 went into this, and it shows. I can see why you don’t want to part with it yet, I don’t think I ever would!!

    Great work :)

    Lauren | Lovely Decor

  42. Amy Morgan says:

    If/when you sell the sofa, I would love to buy it! Beautiful!!

  43. Love this transformation, and have been looking for a similar sofa for the right price ever since you started sharing your progress. I finally found one and am going to give this look a try on it! Can you share how many sheets you needed to use (size of sheet) and would 3 yards of the burlap be enough?
    Thank you!

  44. I have a sofa that is nearly identical to this that I am getting ready to transform. Could you give me an estimate on how much yardage of the two fabrics you used / bought?

  45. Savanne Adams says:

    Would it be possible to find out the wall color you used in these pictures? It’s so hard to find a lovely white that isn’t too cold or too warm! Thank you!!!

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