The problem is that we moved to a modern house, and the suite was just too large. It was easy to keep clean though, and although the sofa seat had come unstitched, I sewed it back up with a curved needle so it still has lots of life left in it.
The delivery men men came yesterday with our new purchase, so I spent all yesterday afternoon vacuuming it very thoroughly. Now it is in situ, it is perfect. The sofa is bigger, but fits perfectly along the wall, but the chairs are smaller and lighter. It is wonderful and exactly what I wanted.
I hope our old sofa and chairs, which have gone to the auction house get a good home too. Perhaps if it goes for the same sort of money as we bought this one, we will have just swapped, and given the auction house their business cut.
I also bought 15m of fabric to cover the new sofa and chairs. This was half price down from £40 to £20 per meter, and it is Italian cloth from Laura Ashley in shades of blue with dragonflies on it.
I Just bought the whole roll, as I will make cushions if there is enough left. The pattern is woven, and it looks beautiful on both sides of the fabric. It reminds me of the weaving of the Curtains that were woven for the Tabernacle, where there was a different pattern either side of the cloth.
Having sat on the chairs last night, I think I will go to see the upholsterer and find out if I can get new foam cut for the cushions. I fancy something that doesn't 'give' so much. These feel lumpy, and as the dog will sleep on them, will need a memory foam topper.
It will be interesting to see what the total cost will come to, less what we get for our sofa. I can't imagine how much a totally custom sofa would cost me to have made.
I just like to find creative ways to save spending lots of money! I might start taking photos of progress, and start another little blog on this site for creative projects.
I love recycling, and renovating.
Hope you have some great ideas for your day, and your great plans to help the world be a better place come to a reality that exceeds your expectations.