Why a White Slipcovered Couch?
White slipcovered sofas are the perfect complement to chippy white furniture and modern farmhouse style. I waaanted one badly! But I didn’t have any money for a new slipcover.
I was stuck with a blue denim slipcover. It was pretty enough but wasn’t the look I was after.
Well, I’m not one to let lack of funds keep me from expressing my style. I don’t think you need to let it stop you either!
When there is more creativity than cash around here, the experimenting begins…
Working with What I Have.
It all started when I realized that the 1980s layout of my living room would work best with a sectional.
After shopping around, I fell in love with the Pottery Barn slipcovered sectional.
I also like the slipcovered one from Ikea, but the nearest Ikea is 4 hours away. Please do feel sorry for me about this.
I began to save for a PB sectional. However, at the rate I was able to stash cash, it wasn’t looking too promising. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that thousands of dollars for a couch just didn’t jive with our financial goals at this time.
I started searching Craig’s list (for several weeks) and found a denim slipcovered sectional. The price was right, only $400, and it was in really good shape.
Did I Make a Big Mistake?
I didn’t mind the denim slipcover at first. In the house that I bought it from, it was really cute and accessorized all beachy and everything.
I got it home to my “smaller” living room and it looked like the big, fat, why did I buy a sectional, denim mistake.
I wanted to whisk it away to the upholsterer’s for a new slip, but just didn’t have the funds. So, I fretted and rearranged and pointed my finger at it, and threatened to put it right back on Craig’s List.
The only thing that stopped me was that it is VERY comfortable and my whole family loved it. Even my grown kids! I could picture us all comfortably lounging on it for a movie night. If only it were white!
I thought that I would use the old slipcover as a pattern to make the new one. I’ve made slipcovers for chairs before. But this seemed overwhelming.
To have one made defeated the purpose of my bargain find.
Sticker shock, again.
How I Did It.
In desperation one night I snipped a tiny piece of fabric out of the seam on the inside of a cushion cover. I soaked it overnight in bleach mixed with water. The next morning I was so excited to see it completely white. So I kept going…
I lined my driveway with every empty tub I could find. I didn’t use any specific proportions, just A LOT of bleach. I used about 10 bottles of bleach. But keep in mind, it was a lot of slipcover. My sectional is like a 3 cushion couch, a loveseat, and a chaise put together.
I moved the fabric around every couple of hours to get an even bleach job. Be patient. My first couple of cushion covers took about 48 hours of soaking in the washer.
It was much faster outside. I haven’t figured out why. Maybe someone could tell me? It was out in the sun. But I used hot water in the washer too. So it’s a mystery to me.
If You Want to Try It.
If you want to attempt this, I definitely recommend testing a small piece of fabric first. I was lucky that my slipcover turned out to be 100% cotton denim. Some fabrics won’t release their dye and you might end up with a blotchy finish.
Also, if your skin is sensitive, be sure to wear rubber gloves. It was hard on my hands and I had to grab my dishwashing gloves near the end.
The End Result.
You guys, I bleached my denim slipcover and it worked. I just love the result. Now I can make some pillows and continue with my living room redo.
I’ve had readers from all over send me their denim slipcover success stories!
If you bleach your couch, PLEASE send me pictures or leave me a comment. Thanks for sharing my fun project.
Friends, I bleached this slipcover way back in 2010! Eventually we had to replace the sofa. Check out what I opted for here.
But it’s definitely not the end of my furniture makeovers. Here is a painted furniture makeover for you to check out.
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