Make Yourself At Home Monday: Quick and Easy Ways To Update An Old Sofa

A Creative Decorating Tip Just For You: Give Grandma’s Old Sofa A New Updated Look

If  you ever find yourself with an old, outdated sofa and buying new just isn’t an option there are a couple of easy ways you can update an old sofa that won’t cost a fortune. New furniture can be expensive if you are just starting out in a new home. You may receive many hand me downs from friends and relatives. You may also find yourself scouting out local thrift shops for needed items and that’s ok! A second hand sofa can easily be transformed into a comfy and attractive place to curl up for a night of binge watching.

TIP: It is a good idea to have any upholstered piece of used furniture professionally cleaned or steam cleaned before using it. You don’t want to bring in any cooties that may have come along for the ride.

Perhaps you have had your sofa for a looong time and it has seen better days but it is just not in the budget to buy a new one. These tips will help you as well.

Updating An Old Sofa

Cover It Up

Slipcovers like this Surefit Amelie Slipcover from Wayfair is a quick and easy way to update an old, worn out sofa that has seen better days. Slipcovers widely range in pricing, fit and quality but are all budget friendly compared to splurging for a new sofa. Perfect for Grandma’s well meaning hand-me-down sofa, a slipcover can customize the look of a room and compliment your existing decor. Amazon has a huge selection of Slipcovers you can shop for here.

Sofa Slipcover

Simply Update An Old Sofa With New Pillows

If your budget is really small or you just don’t want to invest in a slipcover, you can update an old sofa by adding new pillows in fresh, trendy fabrics. Colorful pillows and a cozy throw will stand out, making the dated look of the sofa fall into the background.

Quick and easy Ways To Update an Old Sofa

Buy a few new Throw Pillows online at places like, your favorite home store or make your own for a custom look!

Custom Made Pillows

Update An Old Sofa With Paint

If you are brave enough you may want to try and update your old sofa by painting it like Heidi from Happiness Is Homemade did in the photo below. You can see the entire transformation and learn how she did it on her blog.

Before and After Painted Sofa
Source: Happiness Is Homemade


I have never attempted to paint a chair or sofa but there are many DIY bloggers out there doing it every day. I often wonder if the paint is stiff and scratchy once it dries. I can’t imagine that being very comfortable but I think I am going to have to try this one day and see for myself. Have you ever painted an upholstered piece?

Now Let’s Party!

Make Yourself At Home Monday Blog Party

Sharing Today’s Post With:


Subscribe to Lisa’s Blog via email and never miss a post! Learn how to decorate on a budget creatively, get crafty ideas and be inspired to tackle your own design projects!

Shop Lisa’s Newly Added Products:

Vintage Victorian Christmas Dish Cloth Kitchen Towel

If you love shabby chic or Victorian inspired Christmas decor you will love this Victorian photo inspired kitchen towel made in my home studio just for you! It would also make a wonderful hostess gift for the holidays.

See below for more details.


not rated
Add to cart

Beautiful Vintage Victorian Cloth Christmas Napkin Set

Add a touch of vintage elegance to your holiday table with these vintage Victorian Christmas napkins. Each large, 20 inch square napkin features two beautiful vintage Victorian Christmas photos of a little girl. Each of the four napkins feature a different image.

These beautiful Christmas napkins are made by me in my home studio.

not rated
Add to cart

Personalized Grandma's Kitchen Sign Ceramic Tile Sign w/ Mason Jar and Forget Me Nots

Personalized Grandma’s Kitchen Ceramic Tile Sign w/ Mason Jar

This pretty personalized mason jar ceramic tile kitchen sign / plaque features a bouquet of Forget Me Nots sitting in a mason jar with “Grandma’s or (Your Name Here)’s Kitchen, the words “The Heart Of The Home” on a bead board inspired background.

not rated
Select options

Personalized Rooster Country Kitchen Ceramic Tile Sign

This personalized farmhouse style Rooster Country Kitchen ceramic tile sign / plaque would make a wonderful housewarming gift for someone who loves country decor.

not rated
Select options

2 Responses

    • Lisa

      I have not painted a sofa but have seen some other bloggers paint upholstered pieces. I have always wondered how stiff painted fabric would feel. I think it depends on the texture of the fabric. I just painted a pair of outdoor chair fabric seat cushions and they turned out quite well. They feel like soft vinyl.

A Penny For Your Thoughts.... I love to hear from my readers.