Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

Hey, friends!

I’m back today with a little update in the living room.  I shared with you awhile ago that we planned to get my old Ethan Allen sofa recovered.  This pretty and stylish sofa has been with me for about 14 years and it was time for a refresh.

Did I mention I used to work for Ethan Allen?  I did, way back in 2003 into ’04 as a design consultant.  I didn’t last very long in retail, only about 6 months and sales just wasn’t my thing. Retail sales in a store at least wasn’t my thing. That was a gig that wasn’t long lasting for me and I think I would have starved in that sort of career.  Some people are good at it, I just wasn’t.  But, I did score a floor model sofa before I left and that was a good thing.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

So, the sofa has been with me a long time and this damask chennile was her original fabric.  This sofa really didn’t get heavy traffic since it was always been in a living room setting and didn’t get used all the time, but the fabric just kept feeling more dingy as time went on.  It was a creamy yellow toned fabric, but I wanted to brighten it up. You can see it more in this light, it almost has a light gold tone.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

In brighter light, it wasn’t bad, but again it was time for a refresh of this sofa. She has great bones and I still loved the shape but not the fabric.  We wanted a brighter cream and not a yellow toned one.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

When I visited High Point last year, I was introduced to Crypton fabrics.  I was amazed at what I saw and their fabrics were all over High Point.  Performance fabric is what this is because it performs in the worst of circumstances and it’s totally stain resistent.  Don’t we all need that?

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

It’s hard to see this here, but this was a stain test on Crypton fabric that I saw with my own eyes. A red liquid was spilled all over the cushion and it merely ran off, doing no damage at all to the fabric.  The rest of it was blotted up and voila, no stain at all. I was sold on that fabric!

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

So, when it came time for me to consider a fabric for this treasured sofa of mine, I contacted the folks at Crypton and asked them if they would sponsor some new fabric for me. I had seen a display of Crypton in my local fabric store and that’s what got the wheels turning.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

I chose one called Nomad Snow.  It has little flecks of a darker color in with the cream and overall has a linen-like appearance, but is soft like chennile. I had to wait about 3 months for the fabric to come in, but it was worth the wait!

Recovering An Old Sofa

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

Here she is all recovered!  I used a local upholstery shop called Glaber’s.  They are at Bells Ferry Road and Barrett Pkwy. for those of you local who are looking for upholstery jobs. My sister used them 5 years ago and had great results and one of my readers in the area has been using them too and we’ve all been very pleased.

It’s not cheap to get a sofa recovered, but sometimes it just makes sense if you have a really good frame and just need to update with fabric.  My sofa was $700 to recover because of all the button tufting, but they did such an outstanding job, I’m thrilled with it.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

I love the classic lines on this sofa and now it looks brand new.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

A peek at theother side of the room too. If you missed the update on these leather chairs, I dyed them dark brown back in the fall, so take a look at that post.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

And from the dining room, you can see the back and it’s pretty from this angle too.  It fits nicely in our smallish living room.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

From the dining room table looking to the living room. We love our views!

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

And I couldn’t resist a shot of the table looking towards the foyer. You can see how open our floor plan is.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

Another view of the back of the sofa into thel living room.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

It really brightens up the sofa so much to have the new fabric on there and we both loved it instantly.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

They did a fantastic job with the arms as well as the welting.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

It truly looks brand new and the chennile is so soft to the touch.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

The best part is that this sofa will not stain, so I don’t have to worry about that.  We don’t have a lot of traffic in this room, but even if something happened, I know it will clean up just fine.

Living Room: Recovering a 14 Year Old Sofa

So light and bright now.

recovering an old sofa

A big huge thanks to Crypton Fabrics for sponsoring this post.  Someone asked me about buying Crypton online and asked where I had seen mine.  We have a local fabric store that I’ve been shopping at for years, Fabric and Fringe Warehouse, and they have a nice selection of Crypton fabrics, including the Nomad Snow that I got.  It looks darker in their picture, but it’s very true to color in my pics.

I hope you enjoyed seeing an older piece of furniture revived and refreshed!  I’m not all about replacing everything with new when I have a great solid sofa that just needed new fabric. I’d rather update with fabric for a fresh look!  If you’re looking for a performance fabric, definitely take a look at Crypton fabrics, I’m sold on them!

This post is sponsored by Crypton fabrics. 


- Rhoda


  1. Rhonda,
    Your sofa turned out beautiful and the new fabric just brightens the whole room up! I love the new performance fabrics and currently shopping for a new sofa and 2 reclining chairs. I like a clean, modern look and want to break up the room by using fabric on the sofa and leather (grey) on the chairs.

    I think some people have sticker shock when they go to reupholster a sofa. Its not cheap but if you have a great sofa such as your Ethan Allen that has great bones and is in great shape its worth it.

  2. Lovely! We almost always purchase solid pieces in our family that can be recovered/refinished. I have a wing-back sofa that was my father’s. He purchased it in 1948! I have no idea how many colors it has been, but I can name a few. Currently it is in storage and I’m contemplating its next life.

  3. The sofa is so beautiful Rhoda!….Love the fabric and good to know that you are so pleased with it as it is time to recover my sofa too!

  4. Becky in 'Bama says

    Just perfect and perfectly beautiful. I know you are pleased with the outcome. Is your sweet husband going to relent and let us get a ‘peek’ at his office/man cave? LOL

    • Thank you, Becky! I keep begging him, so eventually I might wear him down. {sigh} What I want him to do is write a post about his man cave. He’s a really good writer and I would love to let him write it from his own perspective.

  5. Your sofa came out beautiful ! Just love it! The room is gorgeous and cozy☺may I ask where you purchased your stunning living room rug? I am in the market for something on that line for my teal living room.

  6. It looks beautiful and fresh. Our 25 year old Bernhardt Camel back sofa is at the upholsterers right now. It was also in a yellowy cream tone,a damask and it will be in a whiter light cream. You got a good price considering the tufting.

  7. Nancy. Cox. says

    That is beautiful. Great choice of fabric. What a huge difference.

  8. Carole kozak says

    Oh Rhoda , I missed this post on the day you sent it out. Down at the Gulf this week. I love the sofa. The price is staggeringly low and the work is beautiful. I loved the fabric you chose . Amazing look I know you and Mark are thrilled and they match your dining room chairs beautifully . After working on our home for a year we recently sold it for a smaller retirement home ,so I’m excited about redoing some of my upholstered pieces as well. I just wish I could go to your man to redo some of my pieces. The house looks beautiful Rhoda

  9. Just gorgeous! The whole room is beautiful! I just love your style!

  10. So very pretty! I enjoy your blog so much. You are a wonderful decorator. Your home is just beautiful!

  11. I know there was a fabric expense but $700.00 to recover a cover is a great value!
    I have a recommendation for an upholster(er) in Vinings if anyone would like it.

  12. Nice change Rhoda; thank you for the tip about Crypton fabrics. The bookcase in the room is such a nice color- we are having bookcases built right now- may I ask what color paint yours is? All lovely!

    • Hi, Danae, thank you! We love the new fabric. That big glass cabinet came that way, my husband found it a Haverty’s several years ago.

  13. Amy N Withers says

    Can I ask where you got that beautiful cabinet in the living room?

    • Hi, Amy, yes that cabinet was my husband, Mark’s and he bought it from Haverty’s years ago.

  14. Jaclyn M Schoen says


    I was curious if you have the details of the beadboard wainscotting install? Do you know the size of the top boards? Also, is the main board just a normal baseboard flipped upside down?


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