The other piece of furniture that has been given the make-over treatment is the sofa that lives in the conservatory at the end of our kitchen. When Stewart and I combined households we also combined items of furniture and the sofa came from his house. Between you and me I was never very keen on the colour or the fabric but in the interest of fairness it came to live with us... although it wasn't me that ripped it... honest! The combination of sun in the conservatory and apparently boys sitting with their feet up (I'm not even going there) caused the fabric to rot and tear.
We lived with it as you do, covered with a large throw but it was never ideal and always looked a mess. Stewart was all for getting rid of it but I rather liked the shape and felt the basic sofa was sound. So when someone recommended a good local upholsterer, I had it recovered.
It arrived back home last week and look how beautiful it looks now!
Complete with two new cushions from Ikea!