A year ago my hubby and I decided to open our own coffee shop in our home town, Mossel Bay. We had a grand vision, a beautiful 140-year-old building, too much optimism and not nearly enough
money to match our extravagant dreams for what would be known as “The Merchant”.
We set out, as most small businesses do; to make do with what we had. Numerous pinterest boards
became hours of brainstorming, mood boards and work. Our vision was to create a beautiful place, but also a relaxed and comfortable environment
that would be worth leaving your own plunger/coffee machine and lounge suite at home. But this is not a story about the coffee shop as much as it’s a story about a couch. This is not just any
random old couch. When I was in High school my dad, siblings and I went to great lengths in choosing this couch based on an extensive range of criteria, comfort being the most crucial aspect. Many movies
were enjoyed on this couch, countless friends slept over on this couch and great revelations were shared in the arms of this Cori Craft comforter. But this old friend needed a serious make-over before it could fit into our grand plan for The Merchant.
My initial idea was to simply dye the covers black. Off to the pharmacy I went and soon Comfy Couch’s clothing was in a bath full of black cold water dye. Our dear friend Helen, volunteered to do the enormous job of keeping the covers under by pressing the covers down into the blackness. Helens arms and everything else within a 2-meter radius was affected by the darkness. Unfortunately I can’t say
which product I used because, despite Helens strict adhering to the instructions and hard work, it didn’t
work. Our dear old couch was now in an even worse state, resembling a tie-dyed sun-bleached grey
has-been. There were no photos taken due to the great grief I was experiencing as well as fear of starting a decade-long sibling feud. Not even a giant throw could hide the damage.
So how did Sammy get the couch from looking like this to this amazing picture below? I know you are just dying to know. Click here to see what she did and learn how you too can Sprouse up your old beaten up couch at home.
” To say that I was surprised by the outcome was an understatement! It had worked and I was once again confident about having my family over. “