Saturday, August 11, 2012

vintage re-do 1940s solid wood couch

oh sunshines...what can I say.........another labour of love....beware...a really really ..long post!














oh sunshines..............what can I say..............he was turned on his end.................in a garage.......and not for sale.................when I spied him...............in all his glory..............he has such history!....apparently he belonged to "gram pa" and was .....loved for many many years.......and it so showed in his ............condition.........................warning warning this is a way long post.......so grab a cup of something!









......as you can see by the pictures above.......the webbing is so secure still.....no paint on them or near it.........no need for any repair on any part of this......what great shape......I got lucky!
..............they just do not make furniture like this anymore..................just don't!








he sits...........with old fashioned welting/webbing under the original cushions.......with not a bit of sag.....still so securely attached....and ....oh the heavy brown vinyl cushions.........with the springs......oh wow..........I hope to find the picture of these in the before condition................................be still my heart..............

..out in the intense heat......painting......I remember the neighbor across the street......oh he will be so cute.....as I lay on the ground with another box of tissue! ..........trying to get the sweat out of my eyes................man that stings huh!.............we laughed............drive by's they waved!

............one couple stopped........got out of the car and wanted to buy him in as in condition because he re-finished furniture and loved this little piece........he is very well made.......great bones................................they were in love..........................of course I had to decline......


......I had the cushions recovered by one very talented upholsterer....................wow cushion love!










using vintage tablecloths................ at a suggestion of a dear friend.............and an old white vintage chenille bedspread..........for the sides..............I painted him..........white of course.............sanded and waxed...................this has to be the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on...................or crashed for a much needed nap!.................:)
..............so reminded of when I was growing up.............Mom had one like this.......in our living room.......from Sears.....solid tweed cushions and much thinner......... but lovely just the same...more of a modern twist mid-century type ........for her....but they were so child friendly at the time... :)....ours had the metal legs and arms........this lovely is solid wood.............do not know the maker of this wonderful guy.............wish I did..................

........he has .........wing sides......solid wood.....wood plugs that cover the hardware....missing some but that doesn't bother me at all.........just adds more charm I think......................he is....just vintage wonderful................and in just excellent shape...........what a character...............












such style....such charm.....such workmanship................I so appreciate the old well made..............don't you?................such a joy to work on and to complete.....another longer than usual event.....................weeks and weeks...sweat and tears..................so ....I've become somewhat attached............oops..............:)............not sure if I can let him go now.................he is sitting in the patio...............in all his glory........my cabin cottage with picnic baskets patio............he is so ............pristine............solid.........just down right handsome!..................






I hope you enjoy his pictures and his new outfits............. I am just enamored with him.....I guess..............and ........because each side of each cushion has a different tablecloth piece...........you can change his look........................love it...................

have a wonderful day sunshines..............I know I will! hugs =^.^=
PS and an update! I did finally find one picture of the before of this charmer!....here goes......


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80 comments:

  1. This is the most incredibly charming piece of furniture I believe that I have ever seen. You are a creative genius. It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. Connie :)

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    1. Hi connie, oh thank you so much!...he "is" kinda neat! Love him because he is different too..........it was a very fun project...now I'm on the lookout for his m.i.a. sister! the chair! lol :)
      thank you for stopping by! :)...we are havin another heat wave.:(..109, 110 and I just can hardly take anymore of the heat so my new paint brushes I got will have to sit in the bucket for a little while :)....hope you are having a great evening :) .... hugs kat =^.^=

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  2. Thank you for following me, I am following you too. I so love this piece of furniture! Its so beautiful - I love the colours and the fact you can chance the cushions round for the look is inspired! Its so cool that is has a history too xx

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    1. hi Chris.....thank you for following! love your blog! thanks for the lovely comments! oh how I wish he could talk....I bet lots of tv watchin back then on the black and white! :) I am that old...I remember my little Zenith! :) and our little look alike couch too! lol hugs =^.^=

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  3. Hi Kat, thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. I hope that you post photos of your sewing room where you have it completed. I'm here to encourage you . . . just commit to working on it an hour a day, you will be surprised how quickly it gets done. Usually when you get started, it's hard to stop. Have fun!
    I can not wait to see it. Connie :)
    P.S. is this piece going in to your sewing room?

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    1. oh connie.....i am so tryin.....its not working as you can see! lol and no.... sewing room is little......very small.........mr personality is in the patio...! :) tomorrow is another day.....maybe i will stay "in" and work in the sewing room! just for a little bit :) thank you for the encouragement! i apparently need a lot of it! lol hugs! =^.^=

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  4. Those cushions are soooo cute!! Thanks for following me-I'm following you back :)
    Susan

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    1. hi susan! wow i just love your blog and so much eye candy.......oh i will be visiting often for some inspiration.....i too love suitcases! really love yours and what you did with them! wow........thank you for following and the nice comments.......i just love that little couch too! :) hugs -^.^= ps one of my fave movies is must love dogs.........love your blog name!!! i love junk (treasures!!!!! :) as well! lol :)

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  5. Can I say LOVE?! What an absolutely charming piece. Those cushions are wonderful. Stopping by from Debbie-doos! Jane@Bluebird1959

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    1. hi jane....thank you for stopping by! yep cushion love...for sure....and soft!...lol hugs kat =^.^=

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  6. Hi Kat: This is just so charming--I love the fabrics you selected for the cushions--beautiful!

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    1. hi! just popped over to your blog! LOVE the chair! wow great price too! I love that! thank you for your kind comments......just old vintage tablecloths with that vintage feel....so soft and so much history! a pleasure to sit on! lol have a good one.....hugs kat =^.^=

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  7. AWESOME is all I can say. Love the cushions. So pretty and fresh.
    I'm glad he found a new home.
    D

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    1. hi d....thank you for the lovely comments...just popped over to your blog...its lovely! yes i think he has a home now :) have a good day.:)..hugs kat =^.^=

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  8. Absolutely drooling over this couch. LOVE the fabrics. What an awesome job you did. I am featuring you this week.

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    1. OHGOSH! hi Debbie! thank you for the kind words....AND for the feature! WOW my first........thanks so much...so glad you like/love this guy like me! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  9. Those are the cutest cushions ever! Love all the fun colors and patterns. Just fabulous!

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    1. hi kim....thank you for stopping by and the lovely comments.........yep he is VERY colorful! but soft and comfy! :) love your blog and all the so talented bloggers on this Wednesday party! WOw I will be spending a lot of time with you today! :) such inspiration! hey maybe thats why I cant sleep! way too much stuff I wanna make and re-do! hus, :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  10. I love the use of the vintage tablecloths. Darling redo:)

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  11. Hi there....thank you for the lovely comments! I popped over to your blog.......new follower :) tons of beautiful pictures and ideas......oh my not sure I will get anything done today! again! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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    1. Hi there...stopped over to visit...your latest follower.. left a coomment...cant see it soooooooooo..love the chickens..I had them a long time ago...what fun.....lovely blog with a garden....workin on one when its cooler! lol....love your yard SO green! workin on that too but the 114 deg isnt helpin much! thanks for stopping by! and your lovely comments!!!!!!!!! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  13. What a happy piece! I LOVE the chenille sides...I could grab a magazine and lounge on that for an afternoon. :) Great job!

    Hugs, Angie

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    1. hi angie......well...if you can get a visual...lol...guess where I am "right" now!! lol yep on the couch! .) thank you for stoppin by! im following you now, and we have that same grumpy ol rock face in the garden and yes he makes me laugh too! your blog is just beautiful and wonderful job on that hutch! my fave color!!! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  14. Freaking awesome! Loving how your covered the cushions and chenille on the sides. If he was mine I'm afraid I would never get anything done since I would be sitting/laying on him all day. I love his outfits they fit him so! I'm retired too, isn't it the greatest thing.. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success! PS - following you on Linky!

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    1. hi cathy! well i think i just signed up to follow you under linky too! i'll check back later...im kinda new to linky.........but...SO many passwords and being retired i do not wanna remember all of them lol! isnt is great!!! i am loving it so much too..really.. there are not many words to describe how i feel....so blessed...lucky...grateful that i could even think of retiring....i am so thankful each day i wake up...i am so very happy.....im like an 18yr old outta control i guess lol ! yikes! :) yea i dont get much done (the vintage couch!) hahahahaha thank you for your kind words i'll be back a lot...to visit... on the couch... with the laptop! lol:) hugs kat =^.^=

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  15. I saw this on Pinterest and had to stop by. My parents had a similar couch, but I never dreamed it could look so cool. Love it!

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    1. hi pam! i just visited you..and im your newest follower!.what a beautiful blog! oh the gardens.....im still laughin about the tent! you will see i left you a comment! i'll be back to visit soon too! thanks for stopping by! now you will have to be on the lookout for one of these oldie but goodies too???? hugs kat =^.^=

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  16. That is just as cute as can be! Love the fabrics. Enjoy it!

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    1. hi sandy oh i will and thank you for stopping by for a visit! hugs =^.^=

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  17. Wow! Great job-this is beautiful. I love all your fabrics too.

    Carolyn

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    1. hi carolyn, thank you for stoppin by and your sweet comment! :) hugs =^.^=

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  18. This is such a lovely, charming couch and I'm crazy, over the moon about the wonderful cushion covers - PERFECTION!! The only possible thing I might have done differently - had I the choice - would be to attach rockers to the 3 sets of legs. But that's just me being me.

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    1. hi there oh my...never thought of rockers!!!!!! what a great idea!!!! hummmmmmmmm :) thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  19. If I had to pick a piece of furniture that epitomized cottage charm this would DEFINITELY be it. WOW

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    1. hi lynn i know! when i saw him, it was all i could do not to drop the jaw and run into their garage for a closer look! lol thanks for stoppin by! :) hugs =^.^=

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  20. That's just the sweetest thing! What perfect colors and the fabric on the edges with its texture just adds so much. Congratulations on a job so very well done!
    Liz

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    1. hi liz.....oh thank you! ok just popped over to your blog......may i please use "ice cream" for medicinal pusposes!? omg I laughed so hard...love it! that is a good one! lol hugs kat -^.^=

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  21. THIS is not a he, it has to be a she and she is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time as far a sofa's go. You did an amazing job and wouldn't she look lovely in a cottage home or sun room? Oh I am in love too.

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    1. oh wow....you are so correct!lol she is all dressed up with new clothes! :)thanks so much....she is in my cabin cottage vintage patio.....the other set i have in there will soon get slipcovers on the cushions to match i think! lots of cushions...maybe a fall job!and another textured fabric..... lol thanks for stopping by! hugs =^.^=

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  22. Incredibly charming! What a wonderful mix of colors, patterns and textures! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty at Potpourri Friday!

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    1. hi honey....thank you! wow stayed a long time to visit today....such talent! :) so glad you are back.and feelin better!!.....:) hugs =^.^=

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  23. I'm visiting for the first time via MMS' FFF. I could NOT leave without saying that is the MOST adorable sofa I have ever seen!! I'll be back soon to peruse your other creations!

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    1. hi merri jo..thank you and ...thanks for much for visiting.......:) hugs =^.^=...i know so cute.......:) im in love!! :)

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  24. WOW! It turned out so gorgeous. The fabric, the details...everything. So unique!

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    1. hi ruth, thank you! and for stoppin by! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  25. One of my favorite things I have ever seen in blog world! Love the cushions, so much!!!

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    1. hi beth, wow love your blog........thank you for stopping by and the sweet comments! hugs =^.^=

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  26. CUSHION LOVE is right!!! The cushions are my favorite part. The chenille bedspread took me back to when I would stay at my Great Grandparents lake cottage. Oh you have me thinking now. I love it! Congrats on the feature too! I stopped in after seeing both of us on the feature page at 1929 Charmer! yay!!!

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    1. hi jen.......yes so nice! wow! just visited you love your insulators and the garden designs love love it............i have a few lol...big lol... myself wouldnt you know it! congrats to you as well.....im loving it too! :) glad you like my little cottage charmer! hugs kat =^.^=

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    1. hi stephanie.....thank you..:).....love your blog....great dresser! love the color too! hugs kat =^.^=

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  28. Total cushion envy!! Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

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    1. hi kerryanne.......oh thank you! love your party! AND you have such a wonderful beautiful blog too! i hope to be back soon! hugs =^.^=

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  29. This piece is absolutely fabulous! Love everything about it...I just "pinned it" to my wish list!! : )

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  30. hi marie! Thank you! just popped over to visit you! wow love the latest post. the flowers the colors and especially the owls! :) my faves...............thank you for your sweet comments! hugs and have a great week! :) kat =^.^=

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  31. How fabulous this turned out! I will feature it today on HSH! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. hi sherry...oh thank you for the shout out and feature! I love your blog, so much inspiration and thanks for hosting such a wonderful party.......i spend hours there! hugs kat =^.^=

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  32. Very inspiring idea! It's just so beautiful and looks very comfy too!

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  33. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! You did a totally awesome job! I'm a new follower!

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  34. Oh.....My goodness! What a dreamy redo...I can only imagine how comfy your new sofa is with all the luscious vintage tablecloths and soft white chenille! I am certain that you have created the prettiest sofa ever! You have inspired me to go through my old tablecloths and recover an icky old gold crushed velvet swivel rocker. What an incredible inspiration!
    Blessings to you, Kat!
    Carolynn
    I can't wait to join your followers and I look forward to visiting you again.

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  35. This is an absolutely fabulous piece. You are a master sewer. What a great job you did on those cushions. I wish I could sew like that.

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    1. hi debby.....oh no no no.....read on.......i had such a talented upholsterer do the cushions..........i'm no where near a sewer of that level! :) they were vinyl covered and very hard from age....the innerds were good though so he just plumped them up a bit and he did the sewing! :) someday maybe both of us can sew like that? lol providing my eyeballs hold up! lol....thanks for stoppin by and your lovely comments but i cant take credit for that stellar sewing! :) hugs kat =^.^=

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  36. Hi! Just in case you haven't seen the news, you have been featured at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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    1. hi honey! oh no I havent!!! thank you for the feature!!!!wow! I'm poppin over again today to visit and get more inspiration! :)love your parties! so much to see "sew" little time! lol hugs kat =^.^=

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  37. Oh how I LUV the colors of these tablecloths! So fresh and happy :)

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    1. thank you! and thanks for stopping by for a visit! :) =^.^=

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  38. At this very moment, I have an old changing table sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be fixed up. But I HATE SANDING! I was going to bribe someone to do it for me. Now I don't have to. Thank you! Love the green!

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  39. BELÍSSIMO TRABALHO,PARABÉNS.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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    1. muito obrigado pelas suas amáveis ​​palavras e parar para uma visita! kat =^.^=

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  40. I just found your web-site and love the sofa re-do in 1982 i bought a sofa almost like it for $50. it still had original cushions (horsehair) but mine is still stained in a dark wood stain my husband refinished it and done a good job but i love the white,and I may do that,some time,I covered the cushions but they are all similar to yours. it is in our bedroom facing a bay window.I love it.

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    1. Hi Ruth, it sounds beautiful! To be honest I love both dark original antiques and also painting them when need be :) she just needed that special sprucing up :) I bet you sit on your sofa a lot and gaze out that bay window! Im jealous! :) thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments :) kat =^.^=

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  41. Love the chenille on the sides of the cushions! Actually, love everything about it. Great find. I'm feeling a little jealous. ;) But it has given me an idea for something that I need to refinish.

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    1. Hi Loribeth, thanks! I know that feeling, I have a "few" projects (always) on that back burner! lol it's been in the triple digits here and really hard to get going myself and to even go in the garage to do the laundry! LOL kat =^.^=

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  42. I love this! I just acquired one exactly like it at a flea market and still in great shape. I was trying to decide how I was going to redo it. Thanks for the ideas.

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  43. I have almost the same one and the chair. Got the set for $80! All refinished except what to do with the cushions! I am going to make down filled "envelopes" so I can sink into them. They wanted about $21/yd for the fabric I wanted. Maybe I will scope out table cloths! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Que trabajo tan bonito y fino. Te ha quedado espectacular. Enhorabuena. No te conocía pero con tu permiso me voy a quedar un rato por aqui. Besos

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  45. Just read your post. I "found" a frame like this with 2 matching chairs. It was marked up with a black marker on the ends....TRASH....Can you imagine? They were throwing them out! I am redoing them and am so excited.

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  46. Hi Thelma, OMgosh how lucky can you get! I have never found the chair or chairs, it was your lucky day! Nope, I cannot believe people throw out perfectly good no GREAT furniture like this, solid, well built, pride, wow I hope you send me a pic when you are done or let me know where I can go see it! cannot wait! I am so excited for you!!!!!!! Great find lady! Can I get a woo hoooooooooooooooo or can you hear me from here! lol xo Kat

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment I read every one! Kat =^.^=