Hello! I am so excited to share with you some projects that I have finished up this last week. I think that the month rest gave me extra energy that I haven’t had for a long while.
Do these pictures look familiar? To many of my new followers they may not. I found this awesome French sofa and chair for sale sitting by the road next to a very old farmhouse that was built-in 1824. This furniture spent it’s time in this sweet old home. Click on sofa and chair to read the post I did last fall to get you up to date on the farmhouse and history of the set.
I spent hours last fall stripping the sofa and chair from all of its old fabric – which had been covered twice, and the padding and horse hair. There was thousands of staples and nails. Thankfully no one had a flat tire! lol I did this on our carport. Being that the owner had animals that lounged on the set meant that I needed to strip it all. It smelled like cat pee. YUCK!
I sold my sofa and loveseat in my nest soon after so I didn’t have much to sit on. It took me awhile to save up and buy the materials for the set. I found that what was expensive was the foam for the backing and the seats.
I am on a pretty strict budget and by the time I finished stripping the set the holidays were almost here, so that meant I had to put off saving for the rest of the materials.
I can’t believe that I actually upholstered the set in my tiny apartment. But, it turned out just fine. I sanded and repainted the edging in cotton chalk paint by Vintage Market then put a light brown glaze over the top, then finished it with a matte sealer. I made sure to use a blocker so that the old color would not bleed through.
For the fabric I used painter tarps from Home Depot. For $13.95 a piece I thought that was a bargain and it only took 2 to cover the set. I used a burlap that was bonded on the back which gave it a great contrast. I was worried that the tarps would be uncomfortable to sit on but surprisingly it is very comfortable and much softer than I thought. Marked on the frame of the sofa was ITALY. So I guess it’s not a French set after all but an Italian set. They all look the same to me. lol
Are you ready for the reveal?
Now, I am no professional and this is the first big project I have ever done. I patted myself on the back when I finished. Then it made me smile, so I knew that it was right. I wanted it to look a little shabby so I went with tacks around the edges.
I took this picture before I finished the seat. I had to fix the side tucks.
This picture shows the back with the burlap.
I am thinking of making a mattress type cushion for the seat of the sofa and chair. It sits quite low. People seem to be taller now days. I sprayed 2 bottles of water and stain repellent on the set. Now I’m sure you all understand the whole domino effect. So it meant that I had some rearranging to do.
My sweet pink chair got a little make over with a lovely white trim.
The sofa and the chair both got new floral and striped throw pillows.
My farmhouse coffee table was demanding too much attention so I painted the dark brown squares a pale pink. Now it fits right in.
You can see the post I did about DIY Harlequin pattern.
My book-case got a fresh coat of paint and then I sorted my books by color for a fun effect. Then it got some lovely vignettes. I like changes going on in my little nest it makes it feel fresh.
Above are some up close pictures of the bookcase changes.
More romantic vignettes.
My entertainment center got a lovely summer display.
I added a floral curtain to match the pillows. I have really loved using florals in my decoration this summer, I think I will carry it right through the first of the year. I also have been adding a little more color in the nest and will be showing you that in upcoming posts.
I really love using blues and greens with my muted decor. If I take out the colored accessories in the sitting room I would have a muted palette. That’s why I choose to have white or cream colors in my furniture and larger items. One thing I would like to know is why don’t they make TV sets in White? I am looking for the right set of shutters to put in front of the TV.
The mantle of course got spruced up. I painted the bottom box a very light blue.
Still more changes to come.
Have a marvelous day!
I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home
The art of Homemaking Mondays @ Strangers and Pilgrims
Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure
Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss
Thoughts of Home Thursday @ Poofing the Pillows
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson
Share your Style @ The Essence of Home
Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner
Vintage Charm @ Blue Willow House .com
Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home
Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai
Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Friday’s Furniture Fix @ Patina Paradise
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Five Star Fro Fro @ A Tray of Bliss
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane
Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk
Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives.com
Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Share it One More Time @ Shabby Fufu