When this sofa came to us it was in very sad shape. The springs were popping out from the bottom and the old silk fabric was torn badly, not to mention extremely dirty and faded. My mom and I could see right past all of that though. We knew this sofa would be a beautiful piece of furniture, but it would require some serious TLC. This gorgeous sofa is from the early 1900′s. The frame is made of solid hardwood, mahogany in fact. The construction of it is impeccable, like many things made back in the good old days, and definitely worth saving.
We tore everything off of the sofa and stripped it right down the the bare bones. The only thing salvageable about this sofa was the sturdy frame and the old springs. While it was torn apart we had to bleach a few areas to remove a bunch of mold. Then we sanded it just enough to rough it up a bit and started painting it. The sofa got two coats of a soft grey paint and was then stained using dark walnut Minwax.
Then we built this baby back from the ground up. All new jute webbing was placed along the bottom of the frame where the base of the springs are attached. The springs were tied and a layer of burlap was tightly placed along top all of that. This makes for a super comfy place to rest your bum! We covered the sofa in a heavy weight linen in a soft white color.
This sofa is available for purchase. The price is $1195. If you are interested please stop by our store! We are located at 173 E City Place Dr. Santa Ana, CA 92705. We frequently ship items across the country as well, so don’t be shy if you are out of state. We would be glad to get you a quote on shipping.
The cozy seat cushion is filled with down feathers. The ruched detail along the front adds to the squishy, welcoming look of the super full cushion.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.