I have had an ongoing search for an antique French sofa
I finally found one at an estate sale in the South!
I dreamed of painting it in Annie Sloan Old White and covering the upholstery in vintage
grain sacks. When I saw this sad looking little lady, I could hardly contain
my happy dance! She’s from the late 1800’s and other than wearing some really ugly cranberry
upholstery, she is in excellent condition!
She was exactly what I wanted so home she came!
The first thing I needed to do was strip the ugly fabric off…….that is really a nasty job,
and there must have been 10,000 staples!
Fortunately, the “stuffing” was still in good condition! After stripping her of her “clothes”, I painted and distressed with the chalk paint.
Then a coat of clear and dark wax, and buffed when dry!
Next came the fun part….not really…….but I just kept the vision of the end result in my head!
We added the grain sack upholstery to the back of the front. And for the backside of the sofa we used Lowe’s drop cloths……
one of my very favorite things to use! I also decided to make a slipcover for the seat cushion so that I could remove
and wash it when it gets dirty (we have two spoiled fur babies).
I love finding old European grain sacks with the farmer’s initials monogrammed on it.
I actually had two that I had been saving and used both of them on the sofa.
I love the way it turned out! Still not sure about the throw pillows I’m using in this photo so they
may get changed at some point.
Have a great weekend!