Monday, July 26, 2010

Some Things Are Just Worth The Wait

I bought this vintage sofa almost a year ago for just $100.00.

Several months later I purchased the fabric for it from Ballard Designs (it's called light cheetah and no longer available).

Here's what it looked like "before" last August.

Just a few weeks ago I called a recommended local upholsterer. I had saved up enough money to have t redone!

It provides the pefect sitting area in our master.. The simple and glamorous lines of the piece are just what I was after here.

The small round table was a Farm Chicks find in June, the little white side table is one that I have had for over 20 years and the mirror actually came with the dresser that we use under our wall-mounted television.

I wanted to accent the wall with a few unique pieces.

The piece above the lamp is actually a very old ceiling light fixtlure that I picked up at a yard sale for $10.00. I painted it white, added a little glaze with some gold mica in it and mounted it to a 12 inch by 12 inch canvas that I had covered with vintage sheet music and a copper metallic glaze tecnnique.

This is a favorite place in our home. This sofa really acts as a chaise for me. I can lean against the back of the arm to watch television and curl up with a soft throw, or I can sit on the window side with the light streaming in to read.

The space above the mirror needed something since the ceilings were quite high.

Inspired by a box of vintage maps that I picked up at auction last weekend, I decided to cover three 16 inch x 20 inch canvases with the maps and a gel medium.

I decided that "sanctuary" was the best way to describe this corner of my home that brings me the much needed down time I need at the end of my busy days.

I used Lazertran paper for the letters and the art. I decided on a few butterfly pieces since sanctuary and butterflies just seem to go together.

I applied a light copper glaze to the canvases. When that dried I came over it with a gold mica glaze that gives the canvases a dreamy feel with just a bit of bling.

It took me awhile to budget in the upholstery costs for this great old piece, but the results are fabulous. A new life for a classic sofa with a past. This corner of my house is "just right" for me.

Yes, some things are just worth the wait.

I'm linking up to Karen's Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy here.
The butterfly images are from her never ending fabulous collection of graphics! This is where you can ALWAYS find inspiration for our ideas and projects.

I also linked up for Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch here.

I linked up to Cheap Chic Home's Fabric Fun Thursday too.


  1. A wonderful sanctuary, it looks so peaceful and inviting.

  2. The space turned out just perfect. I can't believe it was almost a year ago that we found that couch and knew it was just the one you needed for your space. xoxo

  3. Hi Cori,
    Wow, you have amazing taste!! That sofa is stunning, you picked just the right fabric for it! Your project turned out great too, I love how you made it in 3 sections so that it gives more of an impact on that wall. The whole room is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking this up to Brag Monday.

  4. Beautiful job. All the elements work perfectly together!

  5. I totally adore this space and wouldn't mind seeing more close up photos of it, as well as a step-by-step tutorial of your art (I know you explained it pretty well, but still...). I'd love for you to link this up with Fabric Fun Thursday.

  6. That is quite a transformation. Everything looks beautiful together. You have a great eye for design.

  7. Cori that couch is AMAZING! What a great redo of it! :) The whole room is absolutely stunning! I could sit and enjoy it forever! :)

  8. LOVE IT! The couch turned out just perfectly and your room is just heavenly! Well done! (visiting from Shabby Nest). Happy Weekend! : )

  9. Your sofa is beautiful so classy! I adore the sanctuary sign, this is what my home is to me. I really need to do a version of your sign. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Your home is lovely.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


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