Styling with cushions saved my sofa

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When my two-year-old son took on my sofa … and wall … and rug … and floor with a permanent marker, I seriously thought I would have to throw everything out and start all over again. I mean, it was epic. The sheer scope and scale of the crime seemed too monumental to recover from. However, our friends at Curtain Wonderland stepped in and saved the day. Check it out …

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He was very, very quiet …

I’d kept my youngest home from daycare because he’d been feeling miserable all night. We’d been up since 3am and watched his favourite movie three times already, when I settled him on the downstairs sofa to rest up while I caught up on some emails in my home office in the next room. It could not have been more than three or four minutes when I poked my head back through the door to see this …’

toddler pointing to permanent pen marking on wall

Sharpie pen – a permanent marker now adorned most of the downstairs living area. It’s an odd ‘nothing’ sort of area, one mainly used for kid’s sleepover parties and the occasional DVD marathon day, but it is the first room people walk into when they walk into our home, so this new graffiti wall feature was probably not ideal.

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The clean-up

The wall was saved with some good old fashioned scrubbing. Same with the floor. The rug? That was beyond repair but what to do about the lounge? Initially I considered replacing it, I mean, sure that image of a jellyfish was cute, but I’ve yet to see that kind of thing on an episode of The Block.

However, after careful consideration we decided to keep that trusty old pull-out sofa. It’s hosted many a guest here, and who is to say Baby Picasso wouldn’t just take to a brand new canvas anyway? I think we’ll wait a while before a new lounge comes into this house.

A solution of vinegar, warm water, dish soap and some elbow grease managed to fade the artwork to barely visible, but after all that scrubbing the sofa looked pretty tired.

It was definitely time for a makeover *cue action music*

Styling with cushions

There’s nothing like a toddler texta-thon to spark a call-to-action on the makeover front. We’d had that ‘blergh’ nothing style room for long enough. Time for some of the sad, old furniture to leave the building, to make way for some fun bright pops of colour to take over.

The lounge was staying, we established that, but the display cabinet had served it’s tenure. I replaced that with a funky new chair to make myself a little reading nook, and now it was time for some styling.

Curtain Wonderland offers more than curtains, and they were kind enough to hook me up with some of the cushions from their brand new range. So, without too much effort the room looked instantly better, don’t you think?

Cushions, throw rug, lantern and faux plants are all available from Curtain Wonderland

Styling with cushions

There’s nothing like a toddler texta-thon to spark a call-to-action on the makeover front. We’d had that ‘blergh’ nothing style room for long enough. Time for some of the sad-old furniture to leave the building, to make way for some fun bright pops of colour to take over.

The lounge was staying, we established that, but the display cabinet had served it’s tenure. I replaced that with a funky new chair to make myself a little reading nook, and now it was time for some styling.

Curtain Wonderland offers more than curtains, and they were kind enough to hook me up with some of the cushions from their brand new range and without too much effort the room looked instantly better, don’t you think?

Have you ever had a toddler artist redecorate your home? How did you manage the recovery?

2 responses to “Styling with cushions saved my sofa”

  1. Sarah says:

    LOVE the Beach Rules cushion! Great save from the sharpie. We have a daggy old throw rug covering some “art” on our old sofa bed, cushions look MUCH better.

  2. Kate says:

    Oh no!
    Sharpie disasters are the worst! Glad it turned into something good

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