Matt and I don’t have a t.v. Instead, we watch all of our shows on our computers on Amazon Prime, and we try to only watch shows that have already wrapped up on t.v. so that we can go straight through the series and not have to get to a certain point and then wait for new episodes each week.
Since we’ve been doing this, I’ve noticed that I have a bad habit. I have a hard time waiting patiently to see how the story unfolds. Instead, I get anxious, and I’ll get online and find out what happens in advance. I basically want to skip past all of the middle part and get right to the end.
That’s silly, right? When I rush right past all of the character development, the minutia of the plot development, the climax of the overarching storyline, and I skip right to the dénouement, I always find myself disappointed.
So what does this have to do with a sofa?
Well, I realized that this character flaw of mine isn’t limited only to watching television shows. I was about to do that with my living room also.
I’ve worked so hard to get this room from this…
…to where it is now.
I’ve made Roman shades, built a coffee table ottoman, made new Greek key side tables, refinished an antique credenza, made a lotus flower mirror, painted the walls and added some trim, refinished the hardwood floors, and added a new chandelier.
And after all of that, I was about to throw away the details of my vision for this room by purchasing a cheap sofa from Pier 1, just because I was getting anxious to rush to the ending of this story. I know for a fact that would only lead to disappointment on my part, and the storyline of this room would be missing a big chunk of its plot.
I can’t let that happen, so I’ll press on.
Here’s my sofa now.
That’s the picture I took at the consignment store where I purchased it for $100. It’s a Thomasville sofa, which is a great brand, so it’s a quality sofa. It has beautiful arms and unique details, but unfortunately it’s covered in this very distracting and incredibly overpowering navy blue and white floral fabric.
So I will rescue it from it’s floral prison and give it a classic, neutral look. But because I don’t like things to be predictable, and I don’t like boring, I’m going to add a little unexpected twist — striped contrast welt.
I saw the idea first in this room by Sarah Richardson.
I love that striped detail. It’s an unexpected touch on an otherwise plain (although very pretty) sofa.
And so it will be on mine also.
The fabric that I’ve decided to use for it is actually the striped fabric that I had pinned to the lamp shade a couple of days ago.
I decided that that particular striped fabric is a little too overpowering for the lamp shade, but that fabric is too perfect to not use in this room somehow.
So contrast welt, it is! In smaller doses, like that on welt cord, the stripes won’t be quite so over powering. In fact, I used two pieces of MDF (since they’re basically a neutral color, even if they’re the wrong neutral color) to demonstrate what the striped welt would look like.
See what I mean about small doses? I think it’ll be perfect!
Now I’m actually excited about reupholstering my sofa. Or really, I’m excited about ending up with a sofa that’s basically custom covered to go in my room. I love for things in a room to look custom, but I don’t love spending a ton of money for it. So the trade off is that I have to do it myself.
So I’m almost ready to jump in with both feet. Almost. Fortunately, I’m pretty sure I can recruit my mom to help me so that it’ll go quite a bit faster.