67 Furniture "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of furniture "Before & Afters" to inspire you!

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.           

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Roundup: 20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

by Jennifer Farley

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

Saving for a sofa? The good news is you don't have to tap into your savings too deep to get a quality sofa with great style. Here are 20 affordable sofas that don't skimp on style.  

 

20 couches that won't break the bank!

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
West Elm

1. Eddy Sofa in Deco Weave Feathered Gray

This is modern sofa with unique legs. There are four colors to choose from at the affordable price of $799.  The base price choices are the light gray above, medium gray in velvet, indigo in linen, and an orange-red in twill. Of course, you can get it in almost any color but the price does go up.

$799 at West Elm

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Home Decorators

 

2. Watkins Sofa in Linen 

Tufted sofas are my favorite traditional sofas. Not to mention, the castors on the front legs are pretty amazing. The price is usually $899, but right now it's on sale for $719. 

$719 at Home Decorators

3. Lexington Reversible Chaise Sectional

There aren't many sectionals under $1,000, and so to find a stylish one with great reviews means the sofa deserves to be shared. It comes in beige, gray, red, and green.

$839 at Joss and Main

4. Response Fabric Mid Century Loveseat

If you're looking for something a little more retro, this adorable sofa comes in a wide variety of colors. It's actually a larger love seat with 78 inches of cusion room. It's the perfect sofa for a small space.

$670 at Overstock

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
Joss and Main

5. Katrina Down Blend Sofa

If you love a skirted sofa, this one is an affordable option. It comes in a wide variety of colors. Different color and fabric choices do add to the price, but all options stay just under $1,000. The best part is there's a free shipping offer on this sofa!

$905 at Joss and Main 

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Article

6. Cirrus Grass Green Sofa

This tufted, Parisian-style bench seat comes in green, blue, and gray. The price is under $1,000. Shipping to the U.S. is a flat rate of $49, which makes this sofa affordable and actually a reality for online shopping.

$999 at Article

7. Stocksund Sofa

Ikea is always on the list of affordable sofas, and the Stocksund happens to be my favorite. It's comfy and the most affordable of rolled arm sofas.

$699 at Ikea

8. Ceni Pyrite Gray Sofa

The legs on this sofa are swoon-worthy. I love the modern lines and the coziness of the cushions.  The Ceni also comes in seagrass green, aqua, teal, and light gray.

$999 at Article 

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Home Decorators

9. Gordon Tufted Sofa

If you love the look of a vintage Chesterfield leather sofa, this is an affordable alternative. 

$799 at Home Decorators

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
Urban Outfitters

10. Peyton Sofa

The Peyton Sofa is an affordable option if you enjoy the look of teak Mid-Century sofas.

$998 at Urban Outfitters

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
West Elm

11. Sydney Sofa

Sculptural sofas are mostly super high-end, but this velvety version is very easy on the wallet. 

$699 at West Elm

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Article

12. Echo Ice Aqua Sofa

I love this soft colored sofa with clean and contemporary lines. It also comes in a "greige" and blue color.

$899 at Article

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20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

 

13. Melanie Velvet Sofa

I'm excited green is making a comeback. This sofa could go with modern, boho, or even a more rustic style! The velvet looks soft and sophisticated... yet it's super affordable.

$898 at Urban Outfitters

14. Winslow Linen Fabric Sofa

This transitionally-styled sofa is extremely affordable, costing you less than $500.

$453 at Overstock

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Amazon

15. LexMod Empress Upholstered Sofa

This modern sofa with Mid-Century lines gets good reviews on Amazon. The best part is the free shipping on Amazon Prime. It also comes in a wide variety of colors.

$678 on Amazon Prime

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Target

16. Felton Tufted Sofa

This classic looking sofa gets good reviews and is a great price.

$599 at Target 

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
World Market

17. Kendall Velvet Sofa

The Kendall Sofa has been around at World Market for a while, and she's so great I didn't want you to forget her! The Kendall is available in midnight blue, teal, the above beige, and gray. World Market has great sales and many locations, making this sofa not only more affordable but also accessible.

$700 at World Market

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CB2

18. Ronan Grey Sofa

I love the modern lines and rounded edges of this uniquely designed sofa. The price is just shy of $1,000, but CB2 often has great sales that may drop the price a little.

$999 at CB2

19. Alice Sofa

This classic sofa fits with many different styles. It has good reviews, free shipping, and 32 color options. 

$600 at Wayfair

 

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style
Dot and Bo

20. Aluminum Gray Ida Sofa

You can have the vintage sofa without paying a crazy price!

$749 at Dot and Bo 

 

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Now, go shopping!

Check out this roundup of Scandinavian throw pillows to layer atop your new sofa.

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Seriously Awesome Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Accessories You Can Actually Afford

by Jennifer Farley

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I love buying vintage furniture and I often am asked where to look for affordable mid-century furniture and decor. Today I will share with you all the places I look to shop for vintage and reproductions of great MCM pieces. 

 

Vintage Mid-Century Sofas:

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories
Chairish

1. Chairish

I always check Chairish for vintage mid century sofas. They have both high-end and affordable options. I like Chairish better than Ebay for all vintage sofas because Chairish has shipping options and most items are returnable. Search Charish for MCM with these sorting options: furniture, sofa, midcentury, and $-$$$.

1.  Vintage Pearsall Sofa - $779 

2. Vintage Black Leather Sofa - $550

3. Vintage McCobb Sofa - $800

4.  Vintage Tufted Sofa - $1,166

Pros: You get great pieces in good condition. You can negotiate price and even shipping.

Cons: Sometimes the lower priced pieces have flaws and need upholstery. You are limited in your color choice.

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

1. Craigslist: The above photo is a sofa in my area. The best finds are from personal sellers not dealers. They often need a little love but at prices like $145 they are steals.

2. Estate Sales: You've got to be patient and go often but they can be found. 

3. Etsy: This option has pricier sofas and usually don't provide shipping. I always look here because if you search your area, you're likely to find local stores who have Etsy shops.

Get it: $285 at SimplyChi

 

Estate Sale Tip: Look for sales in neighborhoods with homes built in 1970 or earlier. These are the sales where you might find good MCM finds.

 

Vintage Mid-Century Sofa Reproductions:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

These are my favorite places to look for reproductions. All of these places have different styles of mid-century sofas and a variety of different colors.

2. Joybird: Very true to style.  Preston Sofa - $1,199

2. West Elm: Great options and sales. Peggy Midcentury Sofa - $1,099

3. Article: High quality & good prices. Cirrus Sofa - $999

4. Overstock: Most affordable options. Modway Verve Sofa - $763 

 

Vintage Mid-Century Chairs:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Online affordable vintage chairs often need reupholstering. The good news is that the design of a MCM chair typically needs minimal or simple upholstery therefore being much more affordable to recover than a sofa.

1. ChairishSort $-$$$ for affordable options. $225 on Chairish

2. Craigslist: Depends on the area, but worth looking.

3. Ebay: shipping is more affordable on chairs. $300 on Ebay

4. Etsy: more shipping options on accent chairs here. $30 on Etsy

5. Estate Sales: Check out your local sales and be patient. I found the above chairs for $36 a pair, but it took me two years of searching.

 

Mid-Century Chair Reproductions:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

 

Mid-century chair reproductions are everywhere these days. Most major stores are making affordable options available. Here are some of my favorite:

1. Ikea: Mellby Armchair - $279

2. World Market: Xander Armchair - $279 

3. Overstock:  Cruz Mid Century Chair - $324

4. Target:  Sullivan Mid Century Chair - $279  

 

Vintage Mid-Century Dressers:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Mid-century vintage dressers are often hard to find affordably online. Here are the three places I check for affordable options.

1. Chairish: The affordable options are limited. $175 Drexel Heritage

2. Craigslist: Search "dresser" instead of mid-century because you don't want to miss the items personal sellers don't know to list as MCM.

3. Estate Sales: I see them often in my area. You need to go on the first day of a sale because these sell faster.

 

Vintage Mid-Century Dresser Reproductions:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Brand new MCM-style dressers can be pricey too but here are my favorite affordable options.

1. Overstock: Vilas 4-Drawer Dresser - $294

2. Target: Porter Mid Century Dresser - $429

3. Ikea: Oppland Dresser Series - $249

 

Vintage Mid-Century Dining Tables:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

The most affordable options for dining tables are local estate sales, Craigslist, and even thrift stores. Vintage dining tables, in good condition, are pricey online. Here were the few I found.

1. Chairish:  Chairish - $349

2. Etsy:  Clark Modern - $600

3. Craigslist: (Picture shown from the midwest area)

 

Vintage Mid-Century Table Reproductions:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

 

Honestly, there are so many reproductions are out there, that this section might be the most affordable option to get the MCM look. Here are some shopping ideas:

1. Article: High quality but a little pricier.  Conan Oval Dining Table - $599

2. World Market: limited options but affordable.  Flynn Hairpin Dining Table - $449 

3. Ikea: There is always a MCM option here.  Nornas Dining Table - $199

4. All Modern: a wide variety of options.  Manon Dining Table - $519

 

 

Vintage Mid-Century Accessories:

 

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

 

The vintage and new MCM accessories are affordable everywhere. Here are places to find them.

1. White Pepper:  Etsy - $74

2. Luola:  Etsy - $68

3. Modcloth:  My favorite vintage accessory shop  Modcloth - $34

4. Urban Outfitters: More updated MCM finds  Urban Outfitters - $98

5. Wise Apple: Etsy - $24

6. Thrift Store and Estate Sales: Here you can find items for less than $5. Where do you think all these Etsy sellers buy their items?

Vintage Buying Tips: Before searching "MCM", "Mid-Century", or "Danish Modern" simply type the item you are searching (ex: "sofa") on Craigslist. Many personal sellers don't know what they have, and you don't want to miss these usually low-priced items.
Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I hope this helps you find the mid-century piece you're looking for! An even more affordable option for mid-century is DIY. Check out this Roundup of great MCM DIYs on Curbly.

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The Story of a Pretty Blue Sofa and the La-Z-Boy Design Dash

by Alicia Lacy
LaZBoy Design Dash Sofa

Preamble: What you are about to read is a very long post about a very fun design challenge we recently participated in. So, grab your favorite fall beverage, ease into your favorite chair, and read on...

A few weeks ago Bruno and I flew to Greensboro, NC to partake in a WWE-style design throw down hosted by La-Z-Boy. By WWE-style throw-down, I actually mean to say that we had one of the most exciting 72 hours ever with some truly lovely people....

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Vampiric Sofa Makeover

by DIY Maven

Vampiric Sofa Makeover

Shannon's friend gave her an antique, Queen Anne style sofa. The fabric was faded, its decorative legs were scratched and its seat was sagging. A lesser intrepid soul might have opted to pass on a makeover, but Shannon decided to invest the cash it would

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DIY Pallet Sofa

by DIY Maven

DIY Pallet Sofa

A couple of pallets stacked on top of each other, some throws, a bunch of pillows and cushions and Nina had herself a pretty sofa. Perfect for a porch (sleeping or otherwise), or, in Nina's case, her balcony.

Nina is not new to the pallet game. Check out the headboard in her bedroom:

To see more pictures of Nina's place, head on over to Styizimo.

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Best "Before and After" Upholstery Projects of 2010

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Best "Before and After" Upholstery Projects of 2010

From the time-lapse sofa, to a professionally tufted side chair, reupholstery is still on the front burner as we head into 2011. As the veil is lifted on basic upholstery techniques, many more DIY-ers are jumping in. If you start simple, don't spend a lot of money on fabric or furniture right out of the gate, why not try it?  You may be suprised what you can do. I continually remind my students that almost every mistake can be fixed or disguised. Take a look at what made the cut.

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How to make a Sofa Wrap

by DIY Maven

Elegant, vintage brocade

If the thought of reupholstering a sofa gives you the case of the yips, you might want to consider making a sofa wrap instead. They don't involve any complicated sewing and fitting like a slipcover either. Basically, they consist of two parts: An outer layer and an under layer, which is optional.

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Simple Ways to Turn a Twin Bed into a Day Bed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Simple Ways to Turn a Twin Bed into a Day Bed

Photo: furniturestoreblog.com

What exactly is a day bed, you ask? It's a twin bed disguised as a sofa by day and used as a bed at night. If your tiny space necessitates double duty for your bed, it's really quite simple to convert almost any twin bed into a day bed. Here are three pretty simple ways you can pimp out your twin bed into a multi-tasking day bed.

created at: 2009-05-04

photo: www.ascotteak.com

1. If you have a headboard and footboard, attach a piece or two of painted or stained wood running the length of one long side of the bed to make a sofa "back". It's easier to make up the bed if you attach slats rather than a solid piece of wood. Now you can add pillows all around the three closed in sides to make a comfy sofa-like seating area by day, throw off the throw pillows at night and sleep tight.

2.  If you only have a headboard, push one long side up against the wall so the wall will act as the back of the sofa. Make or have an upholsterer make the angled bolsters like the ones in the photo. Even if you only have three sides to the bed decked out in these bolsters, it will give you the same effect. Of course you could still do this style if you have a headboard and a footboard.

3.  The third option is to attach cushions or pillows directly to the wall behind the bed. You could sew ribbons on the pillows and hang them to fall at the right back height, or you could add snaps to pillows and attach a small fabric covered rail to the wall to which you've installed the other side of the snaps. There are many ways you could attach a cushioned section directly onto the wall along the long side of the bed.

The bed in the top photo looks 95% DIY-able. I think I could even make that.

created at: 2009-05-04

Photo: thewondrous.com

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Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

The itch to switch things up is beginning to overwhelm me. The urge hits with the first fresh smell of Spring, the first crisp Fall day and the day after New Year's Day. With the back door open and a warm breeze blowing this morning,  I simply have to change the visual landscape of my living room. Today I'm looking at my trusty gray sofa. The fabric has worn

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M & M Sofa

by DIY Maven

M & M Sofa

The Tantisassi sofa kind of looks like my favorite melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hand candies. Designed by Matteo Thun for Rossi di Albizzate, the sofa consists of 'strategically positioned' foam cushions over a steel frame. The cushions come with removable wool covers. If you're more of a Mentos fan, it comes in white too. Via.

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DIY ModUpholstery: Mock Tufting

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/06/08
 

 The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions.  Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew.  My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.

Don't the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??

My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern...

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The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sofa

by DIY Maven

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sofa

The Hyde Sofa, which is the creation of design students Pablo Crespo and Martin and Isaac Franzene Pinerio, has what might be called a multiple personality disorder. In the daylight, the sofa is uninspired, gray and boxy; but at night, it lights up, taking on a vivacious personality. Snaps for creativity and literary reference on this one. Via.

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