Can someone please stop me from buying fabric?
Please. My husband begs you.
I have been completely incapable of finishing anything this past week and a half, even though I have several projects in progress. This weekend I set out to sew early in the day Saturday and Sunday and was thwarted each time.
What did I do instead? I organized my fabric. I know I should be ashamed at how much I've accumulated, but it secretly makes me happy when I walk by. I cleaned out my closet and did a major cull. I feel good about that. Oh yeah, and I bought this couch from the Salvation Army.
With the grand intention to reupholster it..... ack!
Sorry I trailed off there. I'm a little embarrassed that I'm even proposing this.
Now I know you are probably thinking about my last two and half month adventure with upholstery that involved tears, but let me explain:
J and I stopped by the Salvation Army after lunch on Saturday. We fell in love with this couch but had no real desire to purchase it. Luckily, J and I have similar taste in furniture and home decor. We both like antiques and artsy, quirky things. While we were looking at it, an employee glanced over and said we could have her for half price. Half price made it a whopping twenty seven dollars.
We couldn't not buy it, right?
We think it's from the late 50's/early 60's. We're calling it mid-century Asian modern, though I'm not sure that label exists. It's definitely mid-century and it has an Asian flair. The old fabric is a brocade of some sort. It weighs about three tons. I wasn't expecting that when I helped carry it out of the store. But I'm glad because that means it's solidly constructed (solid piece of wood, too). It's also eight feet long. The only reason it was so cheap is because it's in pretty rough shape. There's some damage to the wooden frame. The white cushion covers look pretty good in these photos, but trust me when I tell you they are not in real life. (Why would anyone want a white couch anyway?)
J used to work doing faux finishes in homes and on furniture. He can paint just about anything impeccably. He's excited about repairing the damage to the frame.
As for the upholstery...
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...
I should also mention that school's out for summer after this week. Hands down the best thing about being a teacher ;) So, this becomes a major summer project.
Destruction of the old upholstery begins this coming weekend.
The only reason I'm even writing about this now is because blogging will keep me honest about it, whether I succeed or fail.
My weekend in a nutshell. Instead of finishing that simple cotton a-line skirt I've started, I hatched a plan to upholster a couch.
How was your weekend?
All the photos in this post were taken with my brand spankin' new iPhone. I've had it for a week and I'm not sure how I ever lived without it. This one below is just for fun. Instagram.
Hope everyone has a great week!