This summer I’ve been picking away at an awesome midcentury modern sofa that we found on Craigslist last spring FOR FREE! As excited as I tend to get at these kinds of prospects, I can always count on 3 things accompanying such finds: #1. They always take WAY longer than anticipated #2. They harbor some sort of structural defect #3. I ALWAYS run short on fabric!!
I moved back to my home workshop in June. (Garage is currently being insulated and heated so I can work year round) With kids being home, I couldn’t swing a downtown studio AND childcare, so back home I went. Anyhoo, when I moved everything back here, I set up the sofa on the sawhorses because I truly thought I’d have the project completed inside a week. That was June — it’s now mid-August.
|Nothing like a fleshy colored, lumpy sofa eh?|
Once inside this tank, we discovered the springs were in pretty good shape . . . except for 3 of them. Two still had all the hardware required to repair them but one wasn’t so fortunate. A trip to my upholstery supplier and online search yielded only half of what I needed to replace the spring clip. This is where good ole ingenuity came into play. Props to my husband for this one.
|One of these hanger clips was missing. Scott channeled his inner McGuyver and came up with this brilliant solution:|
|These hangers were similar enough to be tweaked into this:|
|No one will ever know.|
We’ve come, now, to the fabric portion of the show. Will I ever learn?? To be fair, I’d had this oversized houndstooth check chenille for quite some time. I bought the last of the yardage at an incredible discount but thought in my mind I had 10 yards. Turns out, I only had 4. Hmmm. So I had to pull out the old mix and match trick again. You’d be surprised at how hard brown is to match!
You may have also noticed, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I ditched the loose cushions in favor of an attached seat. It’s much neater in my opinion. Initially, I had planned to redo this and sell it, but I really like it and it goes with my current vibe. Occupational hazard!