When we got married 11+ years ago, we had nothing. My parents found an old, ugly couch for free and since we had nothing, we took it home. There's a reason it was free, people. Look at it:
Luckily it didn't stay that way for long. My talented mama came over one Saturday and made this amazing, custom, tight-fitting slipcover:
Can you believe the difference?!?! It was amazing to watch her work. She draped pieces here and there, cut pieces out, pinned things on inside-out, then started sewing. The body of the couch is all one piece and the two cushions have separate cases.
I have to say, now that I've had a couch with a slipcover, I kinda love them. I can't tell you how many runny noses, leaky bottles and sticky fingers have touched this couch. Whenever it's looking dirty, I just throw it in the wash and it's as good as new! That's why after 11 years we are still hauling this little couch around. We love it!
And here's the side-by-side comparison, because I know y'all love those (I do too!).
I've been getting my front room ready for Fall, but here's the throw pillows from Summer:
So can you believe the transformation? Oh, and the fabric was $1/yard when she bought it (of course, that was 11 years ago... dang you, inflation!) so the whole couch cost something like $8. For real. It just doesn't get any better.