May 23, 2016 by Terry
When I found this stained beauty by chance in a thrift store, I threw it in the back of my truck and excitedly drove home with visions of what it could become!
Once home, not everyone was as thrilled with it as I was and I even had to bribe some of my family members to help me carry it inside. When I call them the kids usually tend to scatter because they know I need help lifting something ;) lol!
I have to say I didn’t blame them this time, it really was quite heavy and awkward to bring in.
Outside of the mystery stain on the seat that led up the back … it was perfect!
I tore into it right away and quickly realized that this really was antique. Not a single staple in it! Upholstery tacks only! Not only that but there was straw and horse hair inside! On the inside of the frame at the back was a smeared stamp that said 1917 and illegible writing, which I think may be initials? I could not find a company name anywhere.
Now for the good part, putting it back together. I couldn’t decide between two cushions for the seat like it had, or changing it to being one long one so that it required less readjusting after being sat on. I ended up opting for one long cushion. To give it a little extra design and pretty, I ruched the sides of the cushion. I’m so happy I took the time to do this as it turned out super pretty!
The legs were painted with MMS Milk Paint. I let them be chippy and after sanding, added white wax to complete the look. I used left over fabric to trim the sofa. I frayed the edges and folded it for that bit of a shabby, informal yet formal look. I did purchase some grey trim but when I placed it on to try it, I found it made it look a bit stuffy and untouchable.
This trim and it’s unfinished look was more what I was going for, I also like that the staples look more like stitches than staples.
mmmmmmmmmmm! Sofa love! This room is back in the works of yet another change. I received these beautiful antique windows for Mother’s Day this year and of course …. if I get something new, then EVERYTHING gets moved around! Yep, it doesn’t take much to inspire me!
The lamp shades were left over from the market too and I have converted them into pendant lighting for either side of the sofa. I still need to sew cord covers for them but can’t decide what type of fabric to use. The little round side table also got a quick splash of MMS linen paint in order to “fit in”… same with the round mirror. I decided the mirror needed to be chippy so I didn’t sand it before painting it with MMS Linen. I got my wish with the chipping and quickly sealed it with some clear poly.
The throw pillows, I borrowed from Aliah’s room, they spend most of the time in her closet so I felt it was okay to borrow them so they could at least be seen in the clean (if you know what I mean! ha ha!) They were made out of an old bed skirt that was damaged but had such pretty crocheted lace that I couldn’t part with it.
This room is a little tricky to photograph, it is long and narrow. It never ends up looking as good in photos as it does in real life. But, you get the idea anyways :)
The other side table is an old typing table I found a year or so ago. It will be fine there for now but I almost feel it is too high for the side of the sofa. On the other hand, I like the chippy paint on the metal and the castors on the legs … we’ll see.
Love the paint patina on my new old windows! Does my family know what makes my heart sing?… um yah!
I’m still busy arranging things just so in this room but I thought I’d share what I had going on so far … there’s still a little to do as always!
If you missed out on last week’s Making Broken Beautiful you can check it out by clicking here!
Have a great day!
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