Tattered 1934 Living Room Set Turned Outdoor Decor…


October 12, 2015 by Terry


Wondering what this pile is?  Well … it is what I removed from a old musty 1934 sofa and 2 chairs.

It took all day one Saturday to strip down this lovely sofa and chairs.  The set was in okay shape but had spent some time outside under a tarp at the home of a friend of mine.  She knew it needed work but didn’t know what to do with it and was looking to give it away.  I agreed to take it not knowing exactly what I would do with it.

An entire living room set was a huge undertaking both expense wise and physically!

I had it for a few weeks before I had the idea of bringing it home, stripping it and letting the bones of it weather the winter.  I am hoping for some weather Kissed Patina in the spring.  You see, I want to turn it into our new outdoor living room furniture!


In the coming spring I will add planks to the seats and backs of each piece turning them into unique seating for around our (future) fire pit / fire place area in our back yard.

Our back yard is surrounded by beautiful mature trees and we have this huge cement RV parking pad that we do not use very often.  (We keep our RV in storage so we can use the back yard.)  This coming spring I would Like to turn this area into a beautiful outdoor living area and  these pieces are only the beginning.


I love the shape of these chairs and sofa.  I think they will make for very unique patio seating.

They were filled with straw for cushioning in the arm rests, seats and backs which made them very heavy.  The sofa actually had a pull out bed in it that wasn’t very functional anymore and weighed a tonne!


I think they are even pretty now in their bare bone state with nail heads and staples still showing.  I left the fabric on the bottom front of the sofa just to see what it will weather like.  I had removed the wooden carvings off of the arms of the sofa and chair to keep them safe till spring but left the bottom piece on the sofa just to see how it fares.


This is the cement pad I am wanting to turn into an outdoor living space… picture small white lights in the tree branches hanging over the set of furniture and a fireplace in the centre …. ahhhh relaxing on a warm evening!


My boys enjoyed roasting hotdogs over a small fire while I dismantled the furniture.  It was a crisp fall day and I had lit a fire for warmth…


It’s not much now but it is going to be lovely!






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8 thoughts on “Tattered 1934 Living Room Set Turned Outdoor Decor…

  1. What a great idea! I can’t wait to see the finished project. Oh, hats off to you for removing all that upholstery. That is a BIG job!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Susan! I think it’s going to be so pretty! It was such a messy job being that it was filled with straw, so I was happy it was still nice enough weather to take apart outdoors! I hope you are able to join in o Making Broken Beautiful this eek! Thank you for taking the time to comment!


  2. Mary Vitullo says:

    Wow Terry, what a unique and original idea. I look forward to seeing exactly what you do with it next Spring.


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Mary! I wish I would have had this set ready to weather this past spring … I can’t wait to get it done this coming spring! Thank you for popping by, I hope you will join me this week for Making Broken Beautiful!


  3. Tara Lehman says:

    What a fabulous find!!! I can’t wait to see the final reveal of your living room set this spring!


  4. You are getting so adventurous with your projects! I love it and the planks will be so cool. Like the others, I can’t wait to see it finished🙌


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