a cushion for the Beautiful Beast and a thank you

I've had my hands on several projects this week.
A few furniture pieces that I will reveal next week, but also a project for our house.

Stuff for us- for our home- never seems to get completed in three easy steps. 
So here's the quick review.

In the June issue of Country Living magazine, I fell in love with a room that was featured.

via Country Living.com
The couple had a large, wooden, cane back couch, and I thought it looked awesome.
About a week later, I found a similar one at Goodwill!
(**update: I finally found out that this beautiful couch can be found at their blog! Crisp Interiors)

Holy smokes!
It was enormous.


That's a lot of oak.

But at the price of  $59.99, and wanting additional seating to round out the room, it was tough to pass up.
Even with the cushions missing.

We hauled it home, and I set off to paint it.
I used Old White in ASCP, and just clear wax.




Since June, it has been sitting in the living room, relatively in the same state.
One weekend in August, I got the ok to get some cushions.
I was all over that like Bella on a cookie.

First off, I tried some oversized (30x30) pillows.  It worked in theory, but when I got them home, they were too short - the curve of the pillows ate up some of the measurements.
drat.

On to the more expensive, and traditional option- upholstery foam.
Except that we are dealing with the Beautiful Beast.

The seat area measures 82" x 25" and I needed  5" thick- (in stock/ in store) upholstery foam slabs only come in the size of 24" x 72".
 Clearly deleted the traditional option.

As I was beginning to despair, I discovered something.


Crib mattresses.

Here's the thing:
They were the perfect depth, and since they were crib mattresses, I figured I could use my electric meat slicer / turned foam cutter and cut two to fit the length!
Crib mattresses are also covered in vinyl, so I was not worried about purchasing these from a thrift shop.
No stains, no worries of bedbugs.
I paid a total of $31.
Eureka!

Except, when I cut it open, I discovered there was a lot more to crib mattresses than I originally thought.



Metal springs.
*sigh*

We cut through them with wire cutters,  got them to the size needed, and it fit great.
While we figured out the next step, I wrapped the cushions in a big quilt my grandma made years ago.


I would have been happy leaving it this way, but Jon was not thrilled with the look.
(And after seeing this picture, I agree.  In fairness, this isn't how it had been looking all those weeks...) but it wouldn't hold up well.)

Finally this week, I got some batting and wrapped the top of the cushion, so it would have a nice rounded look and keep all the inards in place.

Then I got sneaky and cheated.


I used a length of muslin, and a length of upholstery twill.
I pulled both together tightly around the batting (muslin on the bottom, and twill on top) and simply safety pinned it on the underside.

This is a room that in the olden days would have been called a parlor.
You know, the kind that looks pretty, but is really just there for extra guest seating.
So I am not worried about little kids using it as a trampoline, or college kids wrastling around on it.
(I like wrastle instead of wrestle)

Just sitting.
The first person who tried it out when it was quilt wrapped, was a friend's 9 year old.
 It's so big and comfy she took a nap on it.
yeah, that kind of couch.

So I don't mind cheating.


I love how this is coming together.
My goal for the living room is to have an eclectic, shabby chic, bohemian feel.


Over the next few days I hope to get some pillows made / purchased for it.
Like I said, it's pretty deep, so a double layer of pillows to make it comfortable to sit is necessary.
Darn.
;)


****
You may have noticed a new look to my blog.
I wanted to say thank you to Kristin of Simply Klassic Design for the makeover!
I love the new background and the clean, professional, touch it has now.
Love it!!
xxoo

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19 comments

  1. So pretty! I love it! That inspiration picture makes me want to redo my living room!

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  2. Why is it that upholstery foam is so expensive? I never understand that. Your room is looking lovely! Love the cane on that couch. Your blog looks beautiful!

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  4. I so want one of those for our porch yours is lovely.

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  5. WOW! That's quite a journey but lots of us would have done the same. It's great and I admire your spunk. The pillows will be the crowning touch.

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  6. Great job of thinking outside the box! IKEA has feather pillow forms - 20x20 for 6.99. You could use several of those and make covers for them for the back of your couch. Unless they need to be bigger than 20x20 :)

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  7. I just love that sofa! What a gorgeous piece it is. Why can't I ever find great stuff like that at the GW? Love it!!

    ~Shanon

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  8. Wow ~ you had quite a time with this piece, but worth all the effort. It looks great~!
    I am looking forward to seeing more ~ I am your newest follower
    ;-)

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  9. I love it! What a clever idea to use a crib mattress. It looks so much like the frame in the magazine picture; you could have searched for years and not found something so perfect.

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  10. l've really enjoyed reading through your blog today...fantastic sofa transformation, love the cot mattress idea, all on such a small
    budget...wonderful.

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  11. Very neat! What a great transformation. Looks like it was worth all the work.

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  12. Cane furniture is my favorite--- I love it, too. You scored a number on that sofa! I have been looking for one myself!

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  13. Gosh what a massive, beautiful piece! Love how you got creative to make it work.

    Great job!

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  14. What a difference in the brown and now beautiful white.. the muslin and crib mattress looks perfect in place..

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  15. I love your couch! It looks so comfy and pretty and what a journey! Won't you share at my party Totally Transformed Tuesday? I know my readers would love to see. http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com Hope to see you there. :-) Peggy

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