Last week I was asked me what I’d change about my house. I won’t list the things I’d like to change about the house itself. It’d make me sound miserable and ungrateful. I’m not. But I will step out and show you an eyesore — Part of the living room. Ugh.
Oops. Forgot to pull out the junk pushed under.
Oh dear. First, what do I like here? The statue in the corner, the candlesticks you can’t see very well and the wicker rocker because it was my grandparents’. What don’t I like? The pedestal table and the horrid sofa fabric.
I remember buying the pedestal table from the lady who used to live in the house we own now. This was years after we bought the house. She was divorced and remarried. I had to pay $25 for that table and was proud to get it. After I bought it, she said she and her husband were going for “real antiques” now. I never looked at it quite the same way after that, but it’s served its purpose. But this post is about the sofa.
I’ve come to the conclusion that at this stage in my life I shouldn’t have to live with things that don’t make me smile or things that cause distress. Within reason, of course. The sofa was at a yard sale back in the ’80’s. I remember it so well. I don’t remember the exact house, but could point to a couple it might be. We needed a sofa in the living room, camel backs were all the rage then and I wanted it. If I remember right, it cost us $300.00! Remember, it was back in the pre internet days when everything was valuable. It was a tough decision to let go of the money, but I did it.
I wasn’t crazy about the fabric, but it did seem to be original and I never had the heart to change it. Somehow, I determined the sofa was made in the ’20’2 or ’30’s. I don’t know if it was or not.
So recently I decided it was time to get rid of the sofa. Get something new. Maybe a little smaller. Then I saw this on Pinterest:
Gasp! I love, love, love it!! Can’t I make my sofa look very similar? Surely! I’m over wanting to save the original upholstery. I’m ready to cover a sofa. Uh, wait. Did I really say I was ready to cover a sofa?? All I’ve ever covered are flat chair bottoms. I told my daughter and she laughed. She knows me so well. (She also laughed at my wonky shoo fly cloche. LOL)
Don’t look for a blog post showing my sofa looking like this any time soon, but it’s planted firmly in my mind. Maybe I’ll actually act on it.
I need to ask, though. Do you think the seat just filled with down or is it foam with down around it? I’m assuming it’s down. Is it something else?