As I mentioned in an earlier post I have begun working on the man cave. We recently did a couch swap with the Fashionista.
You may remember the couch that was in this room. Not exactly “gamer” friendly. But the Fashionista has loved it since the day I dragged it home from the thrift store.
Believe it or not I WILLINGLY swapped it for this tired, worn out Ikea Ektorp sleeper sofa.
Now a new white Ektorp slipcover will run you $49. Not bad. Except that on any given day there are 3-4 boys in this room. White + boys = a mess. The red slipcover Ikea offers is $149.00. A bit more than I wanted to spend. So I decided to try a little experiment to rid myself of the rust.
I bleached the covers. Twice. They turned out a shade that I haven’t seen since my kids were in diapers. Ewwww. Exactly.
With nothing to lose I decided to try and dye the slipcovers using the same technique I shared in a previous post about dyeing Ikea sliopcovers. I used two bottles of liquid “cheery red” RIT dye for the seat cushions, two more for the back cushions and the last load required a final two bottles for the couch base. Luckily I was able to use some 50% off coupons Michaels was offering so the total cost for the dye was $12.00
Red, she said.
I then topped it with a navy and cream stripped blanket I purchased at HomeGoods. The navy and red pillows are Ralph Lauren gems I scored on major clearance last year. (Like $5 each!) My good friend Jill of Sew A Fine Seam made the Union Flag pillow in front.
Ok, let’s look at where we were…
…and now. Let’s revel in the red goodness.
Next week~ spending two full days looking for a man approved end table and how the paper plane gallery wall almost sent me sky high.