My birthday gift from Mr Renn this year was to finally have a piece of furniture reupholstered. He did all the legwork to find someone reputable, and we picked the piece in the most dire need to go first.
I'm kicking myself for not having a proper before-photo to show you all the gaping holes, but I got this sofa off of ksl classified's shortly after we moved in, and I paid too much for it considering it was in shreds. The shape and the bones were too awesome and antique and well-built for me to pass up. But the little holes quickly turned into big gaping holes with our boys, and so this was an emergency intervention. The fabric I picked is an indoor outdoor linen from Sunbrella. The color is "stone." I got it for less than $20/yard on ebay, and the unholstery guy said it was a great deal, his cost for a similar fabric is over $30/yard. I wanted something neutral and as kid proof as possible, and so far I'm loving it. I can't tell you how lovely it is to have a "real" and "on purpose" piece of furniture like that. Makes me grin every time I see it.
Happy Birthday to me! A new sofa to lie on all day while I hold very still and try not to puke. It's perfect!