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, and I thought I had found just the one. I imagined we would all be lounging around on it together in our jammies under blankets watching movies. The reality is…my Hubby’s not leaving his recliner to sit with all of us on that couch, and we have a terrible time making it through a whole movie in one sitting anyway. 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:
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:
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.
Phew, no springs! (That’s important!)
About a thousand staples later
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!
That’s why I had to make him an accomplice.
Don’t you love how the rest of your house is destroyed during projects like this?! BTW that kitchen in the background got a whole new paint job HERE!
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 🙂
Is this crazy or what? Who does this?!
Me, that’s who! If you are even remotely thinking of doing this to your beloved sofa, the only real advice I can offer is to take a ton of pictures as you go, so that you can figure out how to put everything back together!
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.
Are you ready to see how it turned out?
No more awkward angles!
Doesn’t it look like it was purchased this way?
It’s even pretty from the back. You would never know that half of it had been sawed off!
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!
From the entrance, you don’t even know it’s there! 🙂
UPDATE: This sectional got another update…slip covers!
Check out how it looks now HERE!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!