Before and After: The Long, Long Sofa

As much as I really love finding mid-century furniture in amazing original condition, there’s a special kind of a joy that comes from bringing a wonderful piece back from the dead. For me, most of the time these end up being refinished wood pieces. I never get tired of it, but I also know what to expect. I’ve resurrected a lot of lost wooden souls. Upholstered pieces, on the other hand, are just a whole different story. There’s just something about the transformation of an upholstered piece that gives me goosebumps. Perhaps you remember this beast I snagged awhile back?


Or maybe not. This particular combination of ivory sadness and grandma floral might have caused you to repress it deep, deep into the recesses of your mind. Maybe you’ll remember how it looked when I peeled back the ugly to reveal the original fabric hidden beneath?


Or perhaps its faded glory failed to leave much of an imprint on your brain either. Well, hopefully the extreme joy of seeing it come back to life with stay with you for years.


BOOM! Try and forget that. 10.5 feet of amazing.


I decided I really wanted to do this one right and make it spectacular. As a nod to its past I chose a fabric that had some similarities to the original. Then I hired a professional upholsterer who did an amazing job. The corners of the cushion are so perfect I could literally stare at them for hours. Some might call me “unstable” but I prefer “detail oriented.”


I also refinished the wood. Damage to the original finish necessitated this, but I also decided to change the color of the wood. The original was kind of a sun-kissed pecan with fly-specking. It felt a little washed out. I changed it to a rich walnut hue and after seeing it all put together I really think it was the right choice.


Man, I just really needed this. Mid-winter it’s just hard to stay motivated and getting this accomplished and having it look so great really makes me excited to find another great makeover story. Garage sale season is coming up soon…

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  1. Laura
    Posted February 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    You have to spend every free second you have to find these amazing and unique pieces. I really enjoy reading about them. Gorgeous!

  2. Cindy
    Posted February 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Permalink


  3. Posted February 3, 2016 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    It looks fantastic!

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