We bought a new sofa.
Well, not a new sofa. An old sofa. Off the streets of Oakland. For 30 dollars.
Here’s the story.
I was looking for parking to meet my friend for lunch at the best Ethiopian restaurant in Oakland. As I was driving around looking for parking, I spied with my little eye this button tufted beauty. Now, I can’t lie, it was clearly “loved” by its past owner. Covered with animal hair and the cushions were worn nearly flat, this sofa had lived a good life. But I thought that tired old piece of furniture could have a bit more life with the proper love that I knew my family could give it.
I sent a picture of this worn sofa to Eric and he replied with a quick yes and drove over in our big old vintage station wagon hoping this eight foot sofa would fit.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure…
But thanks to some rope and strong knots we did get it in!
We delivered the sofa to our garage where it patiently waited until we found a good upholsterer and the right fabric. Every now and then, I’d visit the sofa and let it know that soon, it would be inside and loved. Patience, friend.
At last we found a great (and relatively inexpensive) upholsterer and some lovely indestructible super soft charcoal faux velvet. We sent our sofa to the furniture spa where it had its cushions re-stuffed and a fancy new outfit. It was returned to us looking quite changed.
This sofa was meant for us. Get ready to see a lot more pictures of this grand dame in a lot of future pictures. It looks so lovely in our living room like it was always meant to be there.
The old girl clearly has a lot of life left in her to give to our family. And we are so grateful for it!
Have you ever reupholstered any items?