A Beach Cottage Coastal Family Room Makeover with drop cloths
Wed 24th, Jul, 2013
Well you never know Beach Cottage ladies do you?
I have to tell you that for about 2 years now, ok make that more, I’ve been just a teeny tiny leetle bit whiny about the white leather sofas in the Family Room…poor poor old me right? First world problem.
I ask myself regularly whatever possessed me to buy them in the first place…and the only thing I can come up with is that I was in a rush…which is true but how that made me choose something a mile away from squashy linen sofas that suck you in and keep you there for the night I will never ever know…
Anyhoo, as you can imagine there are other people in this old cottage, whose main concern is not the aesthetic qualities of the sofas in the Family Room (by that I mean that despite sulking and other means my husband was not to be convinced of the need for the $10,000 linen covered puffy sofa sectional that I have had my eye on for a while).
So when in IKEA the other week, looking for a kitchen and coming home with nothing other than a lightbulb for my hairdresser and a cheeseboard (a miracle happened for sure!) I took myself off to the sofas section and thought that while that $10,000 sofa may just be off the radar for the moment, one from IKEA might just be doable…I sat there, and sat there, did a bit of Instagramming, checked my emails and definitely considered adding a Swedish Boutique sectional and sofa to the Family Room….something wasn’t quite right in the comfort department though…the thing is the mahusively lovely linen covered sofa in the other shop is mahusively comfortable…IKEA, just not quite so much…fine but you know….so I came home without a kitchen, without a sofa or wardrobe but with yet another cheeseboard.
A few days later I came home and Mr BC in his infinite wisdom and because he had moved the sofa to find something and seen rather a few dust bunnies under there, ahem, had decided to move the sofas to facing each other, coffee table in the middle so that hoovering in the space where the sofa was (against the wall) could take place. No my husband does not do the hoovering. No I did not do it either.
Aside from domestic duties and what is a blue and what is a pink job, blow me down with a white feather Mr Beach Cottage I do believe I quite like the room like this…don’t hold your breath but I may stop whinging on about these sofas…for at least a month…I think I might be able to do something with them.
And so I got to work…now if there is one enquiry I have on this blog, apart from what shade of white paint is my favourite and am I sponsored by the Swedish Boutique, it’s
‘how can I cover up my old sofas and make them more beachy and coastal?’
Well I say go forth and adorn with white…
…the main problem with me and these sofas, was and is, the fact that the leather is cold, not sinky as in it doesn’t sink when you sit in it, not fabric and mostly I wanted a softer linen-ish more casual feel…so I decided a solution to that cold, un-sink-in-able couple of sofas could be to layer ‘em up, foof em up and hope for the best.
The first attempt was pretty ordinary…but this I am pleased with and after a lot of tucking, cursing, smoothing and folding, the ‘covers’ on these sofas can be sat upon as if they were made for it without everything coming up around you as you sit down, or worse, falling on the floor when you get up…
Do you have sofas that for the life of you wonder why you ever purchased? Do you have any secrets on how to cover the darn things up?
p.s when I am rich and famous and have a private masseuse remind me of a former life where I lived in the rattiest old cottage in Sydney and covered up white leather sofas with painter’s drop cloths, k? ;-)
p.p.s the kiddos have to sit on the floor in this house and eat in the garden ;-)