Thrifted Thoughts: Four Seater Sofa

I just about started drooling when I saw this oversized vintage sofa in a local thrift store. The shape was to-die-for and the wood frame was in near-perfect condition.

There’s no question about it: The retro yellow & brown fabric would have to go!

I’m a total sucker for the combination of black, white & wood, not to mention bold patterns full of new elements to discover each time you look at it. So, when I came across this fabric from Bantie (which embodies all of the above characteristics), I fell in love… hard!

The simple colour palette calms the graphic, busy pattern. Lay it against that traditional wood frame and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

This makeover idea is definitely not for the faint of heart.

If you find a bold fabric, like this, but would prefer to use it in a smaller dose, remember that you always have the option of using more than one fabric to reupholster a single piece.

Upholstering the majority of the sofa in a solid black or white fabric and reserving the punchy pattern for use only on the seat cushions would be a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds.

What do you think? Could you handle a statement piece this bold?

5 thoughts on “Thrifted Thoughts: Four Seater Sofa

  1. Hi Lia: Love the lines of this piece for sure! And that patterned fabric is super bold and dig it completely.

    When I moved to my new home, instead of buying new furniture, I had several pieces reupholstered. I purposely chose bold fabrics for the love seat and unlike my mother’s overly-flowered Waverly fabric choices from which some of this pieces came from, I was very pleased with the new results. Nothing against Waverly of course, but I even had one set of slip covers made for a ‘summer look’ and another for a ‘fall’ look. Was it money worth spent? You Betcha!

    My own sewing skills are not yet strong enough to reupholster myself, but was smart enough to hire the right people in creating a wonderful look for my living room.

    ps though I did create matching curtains from the bold fabric to match the love seat – so maybe some of my mother’s style aesthetics of things ‘matching’ did rub off on me. 😛

  2. After seeing what’s available at estate sales and auctions, I’ll never buy anything retail again! I love that sofa with the tufted back! I would consider painting and distressing the wood to update it a bit. I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

  3. I tend to shy away from very bold patterns. I am so impressed that you’re willing to take on the project. I often see wonderful mid-century pieces that I just love, but the idea of trying the re-upholstering myself is so daunting! I’m seeing a pattern here; maybe I’m just afraid of “big” and need to get over it.

  4. I love your idea, Lia.

    If this were my makeover, I would probably go for a muted/grayed combination of light blue, dusty mauve and violet-taupe. I would paint the frame dusty mauve, find a velvet taupe with maybe gray-blue buttons for the tufting.

    Lately, I’m just finding this combo everywhere – kind of like when you buy a new car, and you notice other people driving the same thing.

  5. I love reading all of your ideas!

    Mitzi – I wish more people would adopt your willingness to explore other options and realize that retail is not the only one! There are so many quality vintage pieces just waiting for a makeover!

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