Mmmmm Thrift

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Mmmmm Thrift

Post: #224898 mrsflibble
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:57 pm

We had a tear in our 6 year old, very well used, quite loved leather sofa. TRADGEDY! We also have no money to replace it unless jim goes out and works himself to death doing overtime for at least three months.
I was all for getting credit etc, but he didnt want the added burden of more financial hassle. I do see his point, and agreed that we should hold off buying a new one for a while; but only if he could come up with a way to fix the sofa. I was also happy to get rid of the three seat and just live with the twoseater and the two 1960s armchairs we have in the kitchen.

On the three seater, the tear was between two of the fixed seat cushions, and was very noticable when one sat one's massive butt on the sofa. also, things kept falling into the gap only to be lost forever in the base of the sofa. here's the three seater, circa 2009

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the two seater, at this time, was in our kitchen.

here it is, yesterday, in my livingroom

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Back to 2011... So, my husband; an engineer by career but a designer by training, set to work trying to work out what to do.

We had a matching two seater and three seater set bought in 2005 when we moved into our first flat. they were cheap. they were badly constructed and within the first year he'd had to fix them.

bodge repair circa 2006 lol no pictures of it at the time, but shows it's stood up well lol.

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ok. here's some pictures of the process....

jim unbolting an arm form the three seater, after having taken off the base part

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the scariest bit was this, then he had to cut the broken piece off the end of the three seater. basically, it was torn so we'd not lost anything if it went horribly wrong at this stage.

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Sophie was used as extra ballast. and for cute appeal.

once he'd done this, I could mend the tear as best I could. it'd later be hidden by the arm of the sofa being bolted back on, but i needed to be mended so that the leather which was folded under and stapled had enough strength. one big needle, one pair of pliers, ten hurty lady fingers lol

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ummmm... this bolt? or this one?

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ooooh! coming together...
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under the back, right hand, corner bit is a box made from scrap wood which supports the cushion of that particular bit of the three-seat side. It's not there for security, just cosmetics. it will eventually be used for storing the laptop when not in use I think.

nearly finished!

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the corner part was made from the non-torn portion of the torn cushion, and is supported with scrap wood and green elastic strapping from the deconstruction of the three seat. The padding is made from our daughter's old cot-bed mattress lol. woot! recycling!

enter a large lady in a onesie to upload pictures of the new sofa, and to test out the corner. mwaaaaaaa!

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oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #224901 Nomada
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:06 pm

I think I like it even more! Thought about making a corner couch, what you've done is so cool!
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Post: #224902 scrap
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:49 pm

:cheers:
Ingenious repair,and it looks even more comfy than the original 2+3.
More space for :hugish: :hugish: :hugish: :lol:

I like those vintage armchairs a lot too.
They seem to scream 1965 but they still manage to look timeless.
And if they still refuse to fall apart after 50 years chances are they'll be around a lot longer.
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Post: #224904 Milims
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:23 pm

What a clever husband you have! Well done! It'sfabby! :cheers: :iconbiggrin:
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Post: #224910 mrsflibble
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:50 pm

scrap wrote::cheers:
Ingenious repair,and it looks even more comfy than the original 2+3.
More space for :hugish: :hugish: :hugish: :lol:

I like those vintage armchairs a lot too.
They seem to scream 1965 but they still manage to look timeless.
And if they still refuse to fall apart after 50 years chances are they'll be around a lot longer.



lol, yes they do. they were bought as a weddingpresent for my parents in law in 1964 lol.
they're my next project ;)
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #224918 MuddyWitch
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:01 pm

Seems to me that you & J are well matched in the genius department. That's just brilliant.

@Scrap all things made in the '60s are cool, timeless but begining to show wear :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post: #224920 scrap
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:12 pm

They would look great with corduroy IMO.
A pastel-ish faded orange,or perhaps that 1950s mental hospital green...

Just my two eurocents,do keep us posted on them!

@ MuddyWitch
The wear is a sign of character and individuality,'specially if it's shown with pride...
...We're still discussin' vintage furniture,right?... :lol:
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Post: #224925 MuddyWitch
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:37 pm

@Scrap I like your style! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post: #224926 fruitcake
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:44 pm

What a brilliant repair, happy new corner sofa - very trendy at the mo
Well done!

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Post: #224928 scrap
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:58 pm

MuddyWitch wrote:@Scrap I like your style! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Always nice to hear from a like-minded corduroy aficionado... :wink:
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Post: #224931 Susie
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:56 pm

This is just marvellous, and now I've had the chance to nosy (virtually) round your living room, I would also like you to know that the throw on the sofa is fab, I love your picture wall, and ditto everybody else on the armchairs.

Another vote for corduroy.
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Post: #224936 fifi folle
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:14 am

Love it!!!!

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Post: #224938 Silver Ether
Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:04 am

Love it ... what a clever family ..... and little Sophie seems to have been very helpful :icon_smile:
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Post: #224978 Keaniebean
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:02 pm

That is so coooooooooooooool. I am so in admiration of your skills there. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Post: #225024 bonniethomas06
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:57 am

Ditto the above - you'd pay a fortune for that in DFS!!!
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