Proving Myself Wrong
June 17, 2009
I once publicly proclaimed that I would never buy a sofa second-hand unless I knew the owner. I declared that if I was going to lay my head on it, well then it would certainly be new. Kind of like that time I said I didn’t like burlap, but now find myself completely fixated on it.
Funny how sometimes when you draw a line in the sand, you get that sand thrown in your face.
I confess I have browsed at used sofas on Craigslist, but was always afraid to invest in someone else’s rejected couch. In fact, I skip merrily past the sofa section at the local thrift stores, because “Ewww” is all I have ever seen in that department.
But as fate would have it, I was at the St. Vincent de Paul last week and what before my eyes should appear but a new arrival that day. A crewel patterned cream colored Drexel Heritage sofa. Some might argue this fabric is damask, but with its raised texture, I think it’s more like crewel. It was in near perfect condition, and listed for $300. I gasped. I gaped. It was way too good to be true. I have a very sensitive nose, and ain’t no way I am bringing anything stank-ay into my house. But I swallowed my pride, bent down and gave this sofa the Official Sniff Test.
No odors. No stains. No pet hair. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. It was so amazing, I thought there must be some hidden camera somewhere.
At 50% off, I paid only $150 for this extremely well constructed, traditional style sofa. I reasoned I could eventually have it recovered, and still come out ahead. And I had special plans to freshen it up.
Here she is BEFORE:
And AFTER I made a few modifications:
Here’s the tag, still attached underneath those cushions:
I thought the skirt was a bit dowdy and old-fashioned, so I removed it carefully, staple by staple. It took over an hour, but it was worth it.
Removing the skirt:
Then I added some fresh pillows and a spa blue chenille throw:
Much more stylish and modern !
My office is in transition right now. I am trying to freshen up this space where I work, so this sofa is an elegant addition. I plan to have the piece professionally cleaned next week.
I am really into grass cloth wallpaper lately ever since watching Candice Olsen do it so well, but became completely sold on it when I saw this room by Eddie Ross. Swoon !
I found some linen look absolutely fabulous soft blue grass cloth wallpaper very close to this pillow, and I cannot wait to install it when it arrives next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me – I have never wallpapered before.
Finally, I must add that I found this brass wood carrier/newspaper holder at the thrift store the same day for $1. I cleaned if off and gave it a bold coat of apple green spray paint.
Now it holds my favorite mags. This is where I plan to catch up on all my favorite decor publications.
If anyone has any tips on professionally cleaning a sofa, please send them my way.
Also, have any of you put up wallpaper before? Any suggestions, before I venture into this new territory?