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Ashlie’s Couch

Ashlie’s couch was in a slight state of disrepair. She bought it less than two years ago and her friend offered to store it while Ashlie was in the process of moving. Well, as things go, eventually she got the couch back in somewhat rare form.

At this point, I've already started to take off cushions.


From the picture to the left it doesn’t look so bad, right? Except for that little black edge sticking out from underneath, what is that anyway?

Surprise, surprise!







Ashlie jammed one of her suitcases under her couch in hopes that it would stop sinking. Oh, why didn’t she tell me sooner?!

Then I started to take off the rest of the cushions and found other surprises.

Pay no attention to the children's toys.

There are a few of Ashlie’s daughter’s art supplies hidden in the seat, but I have a two-year-old so I find random, week old bowls of animal crackers all over the place so the stencils and markers didn’t shock me. I was more surprised at the bonus pillows that were helping the suitcase keep her from hitting the floor every time she took a seat. The fabric was horribly torn as well, but that was due to a combination of the break and her investigation of it.





Once I took off all the cushions I was able to see the real damage. It definitely wasn’t pretty, but it could have been much worse.



My first order of business was to flip the couch on it’s back and use a hammer and pliers to remove all of the industrial strength staples that were sticking out.




My next mission was to tighten two C-clamps down on the wood pieces to make sure they were snuggled up tight together. Then I drilled holes in the wood to make fastening a little bit easier.



Once all of the holes were drilled (and only one bit broken, thank you very much), I put in screws and tightened them down until the wood started to complain. I then remove the C-clamps and wiggled the wood to ensure nothing budged, and it didn’t (Yay!).









I reused one piece of corner hardware that was still moderately intact, but I replaced all of the other missing pieces with 2-1/2″ corner braces. I made sure that all of the springs were clipped into their brackets and hammered the brackets closed. Then flipped the couch back over and replaced the cushions and pillows.

Note: My plan was to also stitch up the torn fabric and staple it back down to the wood so no one would have ever known it was once broken. However, Ashlie didn’t care to have it sewn, she just wanted it functional. It was super hard for me to let it go half-finished (in my opinion), but since she was happy; I was happy.

It looks pretty good right? And check this out…

no suitcase necessary.


And the final test…

It holds weight!

If you need help with odd jobs and decorating, or even if you just need someone to bounce around ideas with, feel free to email me at!


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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