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June 14, 2018

Super Secret Project – The FINAL Reveal! Thursday Retro Rewind

And here we are….the last installment of my quest for the perfect vintage couch…which led us into having to re-upholster the set! We still have this couch set to this day and I still do love it just as much as I did back then!

By Sara In AZ

So I am sure y’all have just been on the edge of your seats wondering, “Which fabric did Sara choose?”

Was it the wool boucle? No.

Was it the ice blue one? No.

Was it this Chartreuse one? No.

It WAS this chartreuse fabric that I picked for the one armed couch and the little bandido! The last one on the list. I know a lot of y’all liked the above chartreuse better, but the scanned picture below does not really convey the texture of my fabric very well.  So read on and see why I picked this fabric – and you can also see better pictures of the texture below too!

I really could not find anything in a teal color that had the texture I was looking for. So, I went for the chartreuse green color. I really liked the wool boucle fabric, but the color was all wrong for me. I guess I wanted a color that was a bit more out there – if you know what I mean. I was going back and forth between the 2 chartreuse fabrics, but I finally settled on the last one because it actually had a bit more texture and it was a much heavier weight upholstery fabric, so I thought it would hold up a lot better over time.

I tried in vain to find my fabric listed somewhere on the web so I could give y’all a link, but no such luck. It is made by a company called Marcovaldo. The pattern is ‘Madrid’ and the color is ‘Fig’. The fabric is a Viscose/Poly/Cotton blend. The fabric was $16.50 a yard from Mesa Sales, so I was happy with that price. It was A LOT better than $60 a yard anyway.

I was kind of worried that I would not like my fabric after I ordered it. I mean, I only saw a little  square of it in the sample book. I was worried the big bolt of fabric would look different somehow, or the color would be off. But not to worry, when the fabric arrived I liked even more! Whew!!!

So I rang up Austen, the wonder upholsterer, and he said “Bring them on over!” A few weeks later here is what I had.


Here is the little Bandido!

Here are some pictures with the flash off so you can get a better idea of the detail. Though the true color is more like the pictures above with the flash on – more chartreuse, not light green at all.

I told Austen I wanted these couches done EXACTLY the same way as they were before – all the cording, all the buttons, all the channels of the back – everything. I think he did a really great job! He even added some cording on the back, that was not there before, just to make it look a bit more polished! Thanks Austen!

Here are some close up pictures of the texture.

These were also with the flash off.

One other thing I did was sand down all the little legs to the natural color and spray them with a wood lacquer. For some weird reason all of the legs were different colors. Some were natural maple, some were reddish stained, and some were brown stained. Hmmmmm???  I thought leaving them the natural color was the easiest thing.

And now years down the road…here is the couch and love seat at our new/old ranch!



Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me everyone!!!


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12 Responses to Super Secret Project – The FINAL Reveal! Thursday Retro Rewind

  1. Gretchen in Greenwood Reply

    June 14, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Your upholsterer is a magnificent craftsman!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

      He really is, thank you Gretchen. 🙂

  2. Martha Reply

    June 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful. The sofa lines are amazing, the fabric is gorgeous, and the upholsterer did a fantastic job!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so very much Martha, we are thrilled with how the couches turned out! 🙂

  3. Jacki Reply

    June 16, 2018 at 9:28 am

    That sofa is perfect with the Heywood Wakefield!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

      It really does look like they go hand in hand doesn’t it Jacki?! 🙂

  4. Susan from Boston Reply

    June 17, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Oh Sara! What gorgeous fabric and color. Seeing the couches alongside all that H-W furniture – OMG – SWOON! You have such a beautiful mid-century home. Your dedication to restoring the couches as well as all those H-W pieces shines through. Well done, girl. WELL DONE!!!!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      June 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Susan! Oh gosh….such kind things for you to day…..thank you lady, you definitely brought a huge smile to my face today! 🙂

  5. Don Reply

    November 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Great match, and nice. Do you have any idea who made the sofa originally? I am trying to ID a similar dogbone sofa, with convertible back. thanks

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      November 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Ugh, I am so sorry Don. I looked and looked and looked for a label and could not find anything at all. 🙁 I’d love to know who made this style too!

  6. Amy Weinholtz Reply

    November 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Great retro color & texture choice for that luscious sofa! I noticed the “heads” on the coffee table – some time I’d like a posting about these “heads” as objects d’art in the midcentury. We have a “head” in our family – it was in the pictures of us as kids – in the background. We’ve joked about “who gets the head” over the years, as my sister-in-law saved it from the trash. I always thought it was scary looking, but soon I’ll bet all of us will be fighting over it! You know how that goes…!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      November 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks you so much Amy!! 🙂

      LOL, too funny about your “head” always being in the pics! Yeah, I don’t know what it was about these kitschy heads that made them such popular “art” objects…but they were like everywhere!!! The most popular one is probably that Hawaiian themed one in the middle…she is by a company called “Lego”, the other 2 are more Arabian/Indian theme I think??? I believe they are by “Marwal”. Your head is probably from one of those companies and was definitely worth saving!!

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