I've gotten a few requests for daily updates as I transform a dusty old shed into an amazing She Shed. I'll be posting on Instagram @doneinadaymom and I'll give you all the details here. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments! I love to chat about this kind of stuff.
When I decided I wanted a she shed, I knew I'd want a sofa in it. What's a hangout spot without a nap couch, right? I saw this dusty, faded couch in the thrift store and it was love at first sight! I love the color, I love the pattern and somebody sat (a lot) in that middle section so it's has to be pretty comfy. At that point, I didn't have a shed and Al (my husband) probably would've killed me if I brought home another piece of furniture with big plans. We already can't park in our garage! When I went back to that store a few weeks later and it was still there, I knew it was fate. I got it home and discovered it was made by a brand called Sherrill Furniture, which has a long history in North Carolina for quality custom furniture. Bonus: I paid $20 for it.
To clean it, I took off the 3 back cushions and 3 seat cushions and vacuumed the fabric on the frame of the couch and all of the crevices. Next, I very generously sprayed the whole frame down with a 2:1 white vinegar to water mixture. It's my go to for cleaning and odor removal. The fabric on the couch didn't stink but it was dusty and didn't smell fresh. I unzipped the 6 cushion covers and tossed them in the wash. I was able to fit the 3 back pillows in my washer too. I dried them on a regular cycle and they turned out fine. I mean, for $20, you can't really mess it up.
The 3 seat cushions were pretty big and they're down filled so I knew they wouldn't fit in my washer. They were all stained from what looked like years of spilled drinks that the owner spot cleaned. I knew those cushions would hold on to whatever smell was in there so I took them to a coin laundromat. I was able to fit one cushion in the mega washer for $5.50 and I stuffed the other two cushions in the magnum washer for $9.00. I was able to fit all three in the commercial dryer for $.25. The washers took about 25 minutes and the dryer gave me 4 hours but you can stop it at any time. I used all 4 hours and switched the order of the pillows halfway through. When I got them home, I laid them outside in the sun for a few days just to make sure they were completely dry in the middle.
All together, it cost me $34.75 to get a new, clean and fresh smelling couch for my shed. Follow along to see how I style my couch in my new backyard she shed. I'll let you know how my first nap goes!
My dusty sofa in the thrift store, just waiting patiently for me.