Today, I'm sharing a little about a before and after and then another after which made the first after even better! Below you get a glimpse of the after. Next you will see the before. And at the end you can see the after, after. Are you ready for the story? Oh good! I was afraid I might lose you in all the before and after and after again.
I've been searching for a new sofa for quite a while. Mike has complained about the one I brought with me into our house almost since the day it entered the door. I loved it because it was big and snuggly and comfortable. He hated it because it was big and hard-to-get-up-off-of and French/distressed. You can see it below in all its glory.
Recognizing that it has seen better days and the upholstery had become dingy and the cushion threadbare, I began the search for a new one. There were certain things that fell into my criterion. It needed to have a tight back - no cushions on the back. I wanted one bench cushion to sit upon. I wanted it to be a little less deep than the old French/distressed model. I wanted it to be light in color so that it didn't overwhelm the room. I wanted it to be a wee bit smaller than the old one.
My criterion certainly narrowed the candidates. My criterion certainly upped the price range. My criterion almost made me give up and settle. Settle for more cushions or settle for darker fabric or just settle for something different than what I wanted.
I would find one I liked and search for it, only to find that the model had been discontinued. Or I would find one mentioned or featured in a blog post only to find that it was way beyond what I had hoped to spend. During the last few days when my team and I were working, I mentioned my dilemma during lunch one day and pulled up examples to describe my ideas to my friends. Luckily, my friend, Stacy, was listening and kept her eye out for me.
I had been working on my closet project - more about that later - and had fallen asleep on the old snuggly couch. So, when I awoke and saw her text message with photos of one that was beautiful and fit in with almost every single criterion, I immediately sent her a text message even though it was in the wee hours of the morning! See the photos she sent me below.
When the sun arose, she responded with more information about the beautiful option she had run across and I contacted the seller. I learned that it retailed for $3900 before it was discontinued and it was being offered for less than a fourth of that price. After several messages back and forth, I made a thirty minute trip to sit on it and inspect it and the couch became ours! The young couple delivered it and even helped my bonus son, Stephen, to lift it into the house and put it in place in our den.
Thistlewood Farms posted about updating an outdated chair. So, I knew this would be a simple problem to solve. The short round bun feet attached could easily be screwed out and new feet screwed on.