Do you say sofa or couch? Sofa sounds more sophisticated while couch sounds like a good place to take a nap. But what if you want both? A little sophistication but a good place to snuggle up?
I remember my grandma’s vintage couch making for the best naps of my life. Maybe it was just the fact that it was my grandmother’s house…a place where everything tastes better and maybe sleep is better there, too.
All I know is, I am so over our current couch. Scatter back pillows + light color + two black cats + two boys = a complete disaster.
When we first moved to this house there were lovely granny smith apply green walls. Back in 2011 we installed the board and batten and painted over those green walls. I wasn’t entirely sold on the suede colored walls but they were a neutral I could live with for a while.
At the end of last year I realized I couldn’t live with our suede living room any longer. I finally decided to go gray in our living room, dining room and foyer since they are all essentially one big room. So one weekend I tackled all three rooms and I feel so much better about the change. But now it’s time to accessorize! And that means a new sofa, curtains and rug. Sorry boys, not more cushion forts!
Now my only dilemma is, do I get a brand new sofa or do I (in true Southern Revivals fashion) make an old sofa new again?
The Emma Sofa – Home Decorator’s Collection
I first spotted this Emma sofa from The Home Decorator’s Collection and it was love at first sight. It’s the size of your average sofa and just under $600. No scatter back pillows to toss all over the living room floor and I love the dark gray. The tufted back makes my heart go pitter patter.But then I see antique sofas like this one on Craigslist and I think to myself that a nice upholstery job could make this one a stunner with a little history to boot.
The guy at the upholstery shop estimated it would be around $300 to reupholster a sofa like I want, making purchasing an old one and paying for the reupholstery half the cost of the Finn Sofa from West Elm. But then a new sofa is beautiful and clean, and most importantly, already done.Who could pass up this antique perfection for only$100 though? Add in the $300 upholstery charge and that is one amazing bargain. And I am a sucker for a piece with a story to tell.
The Malina Premier Sofa – Lazy Boy
Lazy Boy is known for comfort and the Malina Sofa doesn’t disappoint in aesthetics either. No idea on the price but I’m guessing it’s more than $400!
Can’t you just imagine this ol’ antique gal all dressed up? Not that velvet isn’t dressy but I think it’s time for a makeover.
But which one do I choose? Old? New?
I think I have decided I just cannot pass up an opportunity to revive an old one instead of purchasing a new one. In the end, I think this antique sofa has the most potential, though I am torn between this one and the white one up there. This one just has some really great bones (so does the white one, that’s why I’m so torn – also the white one is cheaper!) but there’s also just something about the tufting on the back of this one that I am totally in love with. It’s kind of hard to see with the current fabric pattern it’s wearing but in a solid I think it would be stunning!
Which one would you choose?
Anna International says
Restore an oldie, for sure! I think the white one has huge potential and it is enormous too – you could fit the whole family plus cats easily! And great for totally horizontal naps as well…
Looking forward to seeing the project, whichever you chose!
yeah I don’t think I can miss the opportunity to give something old new life! And it looks like most of you guys prefer the white one so now I’m even more torn! LOL Thank you!
kirby carespodi says
Hmmm….I love an old sofa because of the craftsmanship–these new things just aren’t as well-made. BUT…I need EVERYTHING replaced, including batting, stuffing, etc. I am afraid of bugs.
AGREED Kirby! On both accounts! LOL
I have the same couch you currently have. It’s been through college and two large dogs and I cant keep it from getting those sweater-like fuzz balls. So I completely understand where you’re coming from.
How did I miss the opportunity to discuss the one thing I hate most about this couch! I have no idea what the material is called but I will never have anything made from it again! LOL
I’m in love with the last one!Just imagine it white and then compare it with the white one.Definitely the last one is the one you look for.
Agreed! I can’t wait! Thank you!
Meg @ Lip Gloss and Lumber says
Hi Jamie! I definitely love the idea of going from old to new better. You could even paint the upholstery (if its condition is OK). Debi’s Design Diary on YouTube has a great video tutorial for this, in case you you haven’t tried it yet, paint your UPHOLSTERED sofa with CeC…: http://youtu.be/b1Nez5r9A5Es
Plus, she’s just totasly awesome and I’m completely addicted to her channel.
What ever you do I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂
Meg I haven’t heard of her channel, I’ll have to check her out. I am in the middle of the painting a windsor type velveteen chair right now. I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes! Not sure if I am brave enough to do a WHOLE couch! LOL
Meg @ Lip Gloss and Lumber says
I can’t wait to see how the chair turns out! I have a chair with velveteen fabric too and want to paint it (after I clean the toothpaste my kids thought it needed off) but I’m kinda nervous. Hopefully seeing yours will give me some courage to do it 🙂
I say re-do an old one and go for the white one. I don’t care for the wings on the print one, and I don’t like T cushions at all.
Thanks for your advice Regina!