Monday, March 12, 2012

my vintage PINK sofa...

This was my project last week: my vintage Pink sofa!

I found her at a used furniture store and couldn't pass her up. I know many people do not like the idea of used furniture but it doesn't scare me one bit, especially if it's pink. She's beautifully built and has all sorts of hand carvings on her (this past week i came to despise those carvings).

My husband wanted me to leave her "as is" but that was never my intention when I bought her. I was fine with leaving the upholstery alone for now as she still has some years left BUT the wood frame was going to change. I had it pictured painted white. So, that's what kept me busy ALL WEEK long. I taped off small sections and went to work. Step one- liquid sand, two- stain blocking primer, three- first coat paint, four- light sand and finally five- final coat of paint. After I completed those five steps, I taped off another small area and repeated the process. It was tedious to say the least, when I reached the carvings I was using three different brushes including an eye make-up brush to get the coverage I needed.

All said and done, I am pleased with the results. She looks so fresh and clean. I stayed with it all week and didn't complain once because I knew that's why my hubs just wanted me to leave it alone. He would come home in the evenings, inspect my work and progress, smile and tell me it was my "best work yet". Melt my heart... I love that man. Gave me the strength I needed to finish it. I have learned my lesson and will NEVER paint the wood frame of a sofa again (unless i have chalk paint or a frame with little or no carvings).

I'm playing around with pillows and I really like the chevron print in the mix.

This week, I just want a really easy project so we'll have to see what I can come up with.

Linking to:

The Farmhouse Porch- Cowgirl Up:


The Vintage Farmhouse:

French Country Cottage:

The Shabby Nest:

Miss Mustard Seed- Furniture Friday:

Pink Saturday:


  1. As it would be said in Italian, "Bella, Bella, Bella!"

  2. Hmmmm, I have been meaning to paint a love seat that has wood similar to yours. Not a fun job? Oh well, yours looks gorgeous and it seems to me to be worth the work, it's gorgeous now! Love it!!!


    1. shanon- i am glad i did was worth it. i'm not the most patient girl so that's probably why it was a struggle for me:) go for it...and the good news is a love seat is smaller!

  3. SO happy you linked up. This sofa is beyond dreamy.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls-- "Cowgirl Up!"

  4. haha, of course brett wanted you to leave the wood alone! ;) looks great!

  5. I did the exact same thing to an old pink love seat, but used my home-made chalk paint and it took NO TIME to have a beautiful white and pink couch. I also did a little glazing to show off the carvings.

    1. that's great to hear! i have really been wanting to try chalk paint and i figured it would have helped this project move along much faster. thanks for affirming my thoughts, i'll have to give it a try soon:)

  6. That looks marvelous! I like the chevron pattern also. Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday.

  7. Beautiful! I absolutely love it!

    evie @ brown paper packages

  8. Your sofa looks beautiful even though it was more work than you anticipated. Great job!
    I'm your newest follower and would love for your to stop by.
    Mary Alice

  9. Your sofa is lovely. I just found one at curbside and will be reupholstering it. Check it out if you have time.

  10. I found something similar at a yard sale and I kick myself everyday that I didn't stop and pick it up (it was gone when I went back). Your's is gorgeous! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  11. Mimi:

    I have an almost identical sofa, except mine is covered in a oyster white/pink & green petit point fabric:

    I had wanted to paint it, but wasn't sure. This has given me confidence and inspiration, except instead of white, I may use a very very very pale pink (perhaps SW "White Dogwood") and grey for my colors.

    Thanks for the beautiful ideas!


  12. Very cool! I really like the color change - it POPS! Great job and worth the effort!
    I would love if you stopped over to my Creative inspiration linky party (happening NOW) and linked this up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  13. What a terrific job you have done ... I think the carving stands out more now too! Very french and chic.
    HPS, enjoy your St.Pat's weekend.

  14. The chevron pillow is perfect with the sofa. Nice choice!

  15. Brilliant!!! You have a good eye!!


  16. Okay, so the white and the chevron pillow TOTALLY make it.

    Love the transformation!

    And I would LOVE it if you'd share this at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    Hope to see you soon!

    P.S. I'm a new follower. : )


  17. It's a gorgeous sofa! I love that you have made it unique and special too-you did a great job!

    Best wishes and Happy Pink Saturday,
    Natasha in Oz

  18. So pretty! Painting the wood really changes the look. It looks so soft now!

  19. OMGosh! You have a beautiful sofa. I love it. Wish I could find something like that. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  20. I love, love, love that it's pink...My favorite color! You did an awesome job. I know it was a lot of work but it definitely was worth it. Don't you just love it when all the time and effort pays off? Love it! Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  21. It is beautiful. I love the pink and the white together. It was a sleeping beauty just waiting for you to wake her up. Have a wonderful day.

    Letters from the Shore

  22. Your sofa turned out wonderful! It is way better in white, but my husband also probably would have asked me to leave it. Those men, they really love their natural wood. What do they know? Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  23. Absolutely Stunning! I would attempt the painting part.. but as far as fabric.. sooooo out of my league... I see tons of these at a place near me for dirt cheap, but since I can't change the rest I never grab them!
    Have a fab weekend!

  24. It looks fabulous! Your hard work sure paid off. I did a mirror yesterday with lots of that deep carving on it. I used an artist hard bristle brush to get in the nooks and crannies. I love the way it turned out. The pink and white is so pretty. :)

  25. I have one, too! Mine is a sage-y green and I can't decide whether to recover it or not after it's painted. Love your pink one- it turned out great. New follower. :)
    Have a great week,

  26. Wow, I can't believe it was that much work! I considered painting the frame of mine, but you've changed my mind. :) The paint and the chevron pillow really update it and it looks beautiful. Great job.

  27. Just found you on 'Feathered Nest Friday'... This sofa is Amazing! I love the white framing that luscious pink. Totally gorgeous, great job!