My Great Aunt Betty was a lovely lady. I have talked about her before and the treasures I have that were once hers. One thing I have always treasured was her Mid Century couch. When I was 19 years old I lived with Aunt Betty for the summer while I completed an internship, and I fell in love with her couch. It was in such good shape in the 90s even though it was from the 50s. She took care of her things, and I appreciate that since I am now able to have and admire them in our house. So, back to the couch…
As I mentioned this couch is a Mid Century piece that has lines and build that you just can’t find in furniture anymore. I know somewhere I have a picture of my father as a young boy sitting on this couch, but I can’t seem to place it. Instead, I have posted this gem of me as a newborn with my brother, Aaron, and Aunt Betty.
This is a picture of the couch the day before I loaded it up and took it to be recovered. You can admire the lovely pattern of the upholstery, the tufted back, and the traditional skirt. Over the years the material has faded, frayed, and pilled to the point that I have had a cover on it for quite a while. But I always planned to have it reupholstered some day.
I searched and planned and ordered about 20 samples of material to find the right one, and I settled on a medium weight upholstery fabric from Fabric.com. This is a Magnolia Home Fashions Upholstery fabric called Telluride Herringbone in stone. It was about $9 a yard, and took about 18 yards to finish the couch. I took the couch to the same people that reupholstered my chair, De Leon in Kansas City, and I would recommend them any day of the week.
The finished product is beautiful and everything I hoped it would be. To keep lines clean, and to show off those great mid century feet, I asked that they not put a skirt on the couch like the original. The lines are beautiful and I never realized the detail on the back and arms. I am really excited about how good it looks and not allowing anyone to sit on it just yet. For Thanksgiving I put the cover back on it, and I might be investing in some clear plastic covers in the future…just kidding! But I do love it!