How I Destroyed and Rebuilt My Sectional

Does that sound like something crazy or what?!  How many of you were so excited about finding just the perfect sectional only to realize that once you got it home or lived with it a while, it was not the perfect seating choice after all?  Pick me, pick me (as my husband always says when he has the answer), me!

I shopped for what seemed like forever for just the perfect sectional sofa. I imagined we would all be lounging around on it together in our jammies under blankets watching movies while eating popcorn.

The reality is, we do not own a microwave (I know it’s crazy) so there goes the popcorn.   (UPDATE: I finally learned how easy it is to make it on the stovetop! :)) And then there is my husband’s recliner, which you can read about here.  He’s not leaving his recliner to sit with all of us on that couch.  No way.  Can you see my lovely family movie night slowly slipping away?

And another thing, why does the size of the sectional seem to be twice the size you thought it would be?  I measured, I swear!  Okay so I know you want pictures so here you go.

 

This is my sectional before:

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Awkward, right?  This is comprised of a  couch ( to the left), a single seat (middle), and the monster on the right is called a cuddle something or other.  That’s the piece that is in big big trouble. It’s like we’re sitting in a circle.

 

Here’s a better view of what’s on the chopping block:

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I chose the big awkward piece out of a book so I never saw how huge and awkward it was before it was brought into my living room.  I chose it because my husband’s recliner had to stay and so for some reason I imagined this would work. ( I made my husband drive us to go get it on the only day it snowed that winter! It was like a blizzard. He thought I was crazy but he loves me.)

The only table that could work  is something like what I have here and it’s totally dwarfed by the sectional. I really needed the middle to be a love seat to pull it off but there just wasn’t enough space.

Plus, in some of the following pics you can see that my fireplace is on an angle which also makes placement awkward. OK enough background, want to see what I did to it?

Warning:  This is NOT a tutorial, nor do I reccomend this to anyone!! (Does that save me from any liability?!)!

I started pulling staples just to take a peek.

Let's get this party started...

 

Phew, no springs!

Let's see what's under the hood...just a peek won't hurt, right?

 

About a thousand staples later

About a thousand ond one staples later...

 

Break time! All that staple pullin made me hungry:)

Break time! All that staple pullin' made me hungry!

 

No turning back now…my husband is going to kill me if this doesn’t work out!

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That’s why I had to make him an accomplice.

Just kidding! I brought him in for the dirty work! Plus if it doesn't work out, I'm not the only one in trouble!)

Don’t you love how the rest of your house is destroyed during projects like this?!

 

I’m just going to have some more chocolate while you work on that for me, baby.  I swear sometimes I think the only thing keeping me going is chocolate:)

More rocket fuel. I swear sometimes the only thing keeping me going is chocolate:)

 

Is this crazy or what? Who does this?!

Is this crazy or what? Who does this?! I was desperate!

 

I also had to cut the seat cushion. It looks like I cut it with those itty bitty scissors but I actually used a carving knife.  It did the job just fine.

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Are  you ready to see how it turned out?

 

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No more awkward angles!

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Doesn’t it look like it was purchased this way?

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It’s even pretty from the back. You would never know that half of it had been sawed off!

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Are you as surprised as I was that it turned out so great?  The old set up was so awkward. This is only 3 years old and I love how child-friendly this color is so I really didn’t want to get a new sofa. Now my problem is solved and I’m loving my sectional once again:)

Now do you want to see what’s hiding behind my sectional?

Brennan’s play area!

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From the entrance, you don’t even know it’s there:)

 

Show me some comment love and let me know what you think!

XO

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  1. I found this through Miss Mustard Seed’s link party and I was so excited to see that it IS possible to re-do a sectional. I bought one last summer and it’s still sitting in my basement because I have been terrified that I may have bitten off more than I can chew (and I eat a lot, so that means something!). If you have any hints, let me know and if you want to hop over to my blog to take a look at the monstrosity, I would love it!

  2. I am impressed with your courage and resourcefulness! Nice work!

  3. Wow!! It turned out great. What guts to make that first cut!!

  4. It turned out amazing!

  5. I found you from Roadkill Rescue. What a big project, but what fabulous results. You did an amazing job.

  6. Wow! I would have been too scared to do it, but it came out perfect!!

  7. Wow! Found you on Roadkill Rescue. I was expecting a slipcover or something. You blew me away!!! It looks perfect!

  8. Fabulous-this took guts!

  9. When we bought our home 10 years ago, the previous owners left their sectional – it had two recliners and a sleeper sofa. It was very, very heavy. It was also cheaply made and eventually everything moveable was stuck or broken. I didn’t want to cart the whole thing to the dump, so I gave it over to my teenage sons to take apart. What destructive fun they had and disgust at how poorly it was constructed. Anyway, we saved all wood and metal parts, zippers and stuffing and carted very little to the landfill.

  10. That’s awesome! Way to make it work for your family! Having pulled out a million staples myself in the past I know exactly how hard that can be on your hands :)

  11. I am seriously impressed that you achieved this. I’ve had a look under my sofa to see if I could fix the arm rests which have collapsed. Suffice to say that instead of having your courage to continue and explore I put new staples back in the base and turn the sofa right side up. I would also love to say that POPCORN is NOT off the menu for your movie nights. I too do not have a microwave I use a trusty saucepan, olive oil, and corn kernals. Put a lid on and watch them pop. Much better for you that the pre-packaged microwave ones and takes the same amount of time.

  12. Wow, you were very brave to take this on! Awesome job! Found you through Roadkill Rescue!

    DeDe@DesignedDecor

  13. I plan projects like this all the time, in my head, mostly as I am falling asleep! Fantastic -clever of you to think of this!

  14. Wow I’m totally impressed. It turned out great!

  15. What an ambitious project! I’m so impressed how it turned out. Seriously, it blows my mind how you were able to catch a vision for how to make this happen and then bring it to fruition. You are living up to your blog title, for sure! Way to go with this d.i.y.

    (And thanks for your sweet comment on my blog the other day. Glad to have gotten the opportunity to visit your incredible blog as a result.)

    Cheers,
    Lauren

    • Thanks Lauren! I am thrilled at how it turned out…I took A LOT of pictures to help me along the way:)
      I found a ton of good advice on your blog, thanks for putting that post together:)

  16. Wow. What a brave person your are! I never even considered going to work on my ugly sectional but maybe I should. It looks fab and my favorite part are the toys on the side. Too precious.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  17. Well, after picking my mouth up off the floor, I am now on the floor bowing down to you. This is just amazing and I applaud you for your courage to even attempt this. I would do this, but most people won’t so I am happy to see not only how awesome it came out but also how awesome you are to do this! Now, have some more chocolate…you deserve it. And, I am now going to follow you.

    PS. I just put on my blog a small tufted stool that I transformed and it makes my piece look like a walk in the park.

  18. Wow, turned out perfectly. Must have been all those candy bars…I can do most anything as long as I have chocolate! Tee Hee…really, so wonderful!!!
    Visiting from Cow Girl Up!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  19. You have got to be the bravest soul on the planet! So glad it turned out perfect!!!

  20. This really is a “wow” project…you did a wonderful, professional job of restyling the sectional into a piece that works for your family!

  21. You are a brave, brave soul…and it turned out amazing!
    How, did you get the fabric to go back so well?? Is that really the same piece of sectional? Simply creative and outstanding.
    Nancy
    Come for a visit sometime
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  22. This is absolutely GREAT! I have never seen a DIY project like this before. You did a wonderful job!

  23. Wow! That is amazing! You crack me up too. I definitely need chocolate when DIY turns the house upside down!

  24. Hi, visiting from Shabby Creek Cottage. That is just the most awesome thing I have seen thus far since I’ve been looking at decorating and D-I-Y blogs (probably 3 years now). You didn’t explain but – how on earth did you figure out you’d be able to do that? I mean, like where to make the cuts — and did you have to take the feet of the end and attach them to the “new” smaller piece that was left over? And how did you reattach the upholstery and get it to look like factory-made when you put everything back together? My Gosh! And how long did it take? It seems like you did in in a relatively short time. My mind just boggles. I hope you win a prize in that contest you’re entering! You deserve it for sheer guts alone.

    • Wow, thanks Jan!! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure it would work when I started. I saw that if I could cut off the extra angle and remove part of the front, I would have a piece the exact same size as the opposite end. I did not have to mess with the arm because it too was the same size as the opposite arm. I just had to remove the piece that was attached to it that made it longer on that side. I removed and reattached the feet. It did get really confusing at times and I constantly had to step back and assess what I was doing. I was able to use the existing upholstery tack strip to get the upholstery lined up nicely again. I took a TON of photos along the way so I would be able to see how it went back together! It functions so much better now. Hopefully I answered most if your questions, but feel free to ask me anything else. I’d be glad to answer:)

  25. Three days, wow! Well, I guess no guts, no glory. That is just one awesome DIY and you are ONE BRAVE WOMAN!

  26. Wonderful job! That you managed this on only two chocolate bars AND while chasing a two year old is nothing short of a miracle. Well done!

    I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

  27. Holy Shi* Balls Batman!
    Omgggggggggg…you are one BRAVE momma and a talented one too *Obviously ;)
    WoW!! great friggin’ job!
    I. LURV. IT!

  28. Holy cow, nice job! I can do that (and by that I mean eat lots of chocolate too) :)

  29. Wow!! You are either way braver or way crazier than I am :-) I can’t believe it turned out so well!

  30. Just found your blog. Sending you a link for someone that has done somthing similar. You two must be relatives! Teasing.
    http://www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com/2012/04/diy-couch-before-and-after.html

  31. O.M.Gosh!!!!!! I cannot believe you did that and how well it turned out!!!!!!!!! Your talent is amazing!! I think you are my favorite blog post! You don’t just paint the same old same old, you actually transform and create – A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!! I am truly inspired by you! Thanks!! Trisha

    • I can’t tell you how nice that is to hear!! I love to take on a challenge (as you can see:)! I hope you keep coming back. We’re hosting a sixteen week challenge link party starting Sept 8th where each week will have a different theme. I hope you’ll consider coming back to link up if you have any projects that fit the theme! I just posted all the info :) XO

  32. Beverly Creamer says:

    Oh my gosh! ! I’m in awe!! I’m so grateful you did this! I don’t have a sectional, but rather a sofa and loveseat I brought from my old place when I married two years ago. My sofa is entirely too big for our living room. The furniture set we’d love is not something we want to put our necks on the line for right now, so we went back to the furniture store where I bought my set to price a matching recliner, chair-and-a-half or another loveseat. We thought we’d throw the sofa in the basement/future family room and go with one of the above. Turns out we didn’t want to spend that much either. Now I’m thinking…..hmmmmm….I really wouldn’t mind losing the center section of that huge sofa. I’ll be checking out that possibility first thing in the morning! Thanks for being so brave and inspiring! I love it! PS: Enjoy all that “stuff” you have hiding behind your sectional. It grows up very quickly. I miss those days.

    • Hi Beverly! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a sweet comment! You may be able to save your sofa afterall, right? Check to see if it has springs first. Mine did not in that particular piece so it was full steam ahead! I’m not sure I would have known how to proceed otherwise. If you’re good on that front, go for it! My only advice is to take lots of pictures when you are taking it apart so you can figure out how to get it back together. Good luck! I’d love to know how it turns out! :)
      XO,
      Christy

  33. Wow! I am so impressed with your mad skills powered by chocolate! Turned out fabulous!!!!

  34. Ok, there are 3 things (no 4) I have to say about this: 1. An amazing transformation. So, so cool. 2. You are one gutsy lady. 3. Your husband gets my vote for Best Husband of the Year — what husband goes along with ripping a sectional apart? I mean, come on, most guys would say, “No way you’re doing that!” 4. Love your sense of humor.

  35. A. Maz. Ing. I am your new greatest fan!

  36. Ooooookaaaayyyyy……so I see the first pics.,the ensuing carnage….but the few pics. leading up to perfection, feel like I just missed Harry Houdini’s magic secrets! Seriously, how the heck did that happen? Did you have to do major sewing and ordering new coverings? I am in a state of awe…You, are a diy goddess!

    Keri

    • Keri, you are so funny! I didn’t take pics of every step since it wasn’t really a tutorial, but I took tons of pictures as I was taking it apart, so I would be able to put it back together! I used the materials I had and since I was taking a chunk off, I had plenty of extra to work with. I did have to just sit and stare at it a few times to understand what on earth to do next ha ha. XO

  37. Joey Bagadonuts says:

    You do know that popcorn existed prior to the invention of the microwave right?

    • You just read a post about sawing a sectional and all you have to comment on is popcorn? Ha ha! Just kidding! I actually learned how easy it is to make it in a pot about six months ago. It tastes so much better too! Need to update that post! Thanks Mr. Bagadonuts! :)

  38. Wonderful!!! I am about to embark on a project like this! We moved and our sectional will not fit in our living room without blocking a doorway. I about to take it apart and reduce a section of it. Glad to see it is possible and others out there have similar ideas with great outcome!!

    • Yes, it is possible! Mine didn’t have any springs and I’m not sure how that might affect your outcome. Best of luck and remember to take lots of pictures to help you put it back together! :)

  39. Wow, that was a complicated work. I do not think I would have been abled to rebuild this sectional sofa :))

  40. WOW, it came out amazing, i have a huge sectional that fit perfect when i had a huge house but since we have moved to a smaller one. We love our sectional because it is soooo comfortable and thats hard to find, but i find myself starring at the sofa for hours imagining how great it would be if it had one less seat! Everyone thinks I’m crazy when i tell them my ideas but now seeing your article it makes me feel like I’m not the only one that would dare do something like this!

    • It always looks smaller in the showroom…I wasn’t happy with ours from the start. If you decide to tackle yours, be sure it doesn’t have springs. Mine had straps for support, which was probably easier than dealing with springs. Good luck if you decide to tackle yours, and take lots of pictures along the way so you can see how it goes back together! :)

  41. This is soooo funny! Your humor is divine. I love the pics of creative destruction and that you used your husband as an accomplice! What you did with you chocolate beast is genius. I, too, have a brown beast which I love-hate and now am inspired to also destroy and rebuild so I’m not drinking more vodka due to depression around the couch-fortress I currently have. Thanks for your inspiration and courage.

  42. Lainie H. says:

    Christy, I stumbled onto your website when I did a search for turning a sofa and love seat into a sectional. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to see, but I have to say…WOW!!!…your sectional is amazing. My living room set is very different, but you’ve given me hope that I can figure it out. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Lainie! I was seriously just going to toss the old piece and purchase the piece I should have bought in the first place, if this didn’t work out. I’m thrilled that it did though and it is still holding up perfectly! Good luck with yours…I hope you’re able to work it out. :)

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