I have a serious love for mid-century modern design, actually I have a serious love for all things 1950’s-1970’s, minus the oppression…it started as far back as I can remember, my Grannie Annie had a few pieces of gorgeous MCM pieces and cute kitsch decor. During one of my Mad Men binges on Netflix I was inspired to add some MCM pieces to my house, since I live in a house built in 1954 I thought it would be cute to add some history to it! My husband was sooooo not into this idea, bless him. His idea of decor is a cold concrete room, no windows because that would cast a glare, with a barcalounger aimed at a tv and gaming system…ain’t he cute. As you can see our styles don’t exactly match up! I love vintage and repurposing, he loves cold and modern. Mid-century modern is honestly the perfect mix of the two, he just doesn’t want to admit it! The clean lines of the furniture play into his modern (cough cough..cold side). While the warm woods and colors play more towards my vintage side. Plus I actually feel passionately about this, so I win! “Happy wife, happy life!” couldn’t be more true when it comes to decorating. Honestly I’m being very mild because if it was completely up to me I would turn the whole house into a 1960’s time capsule…
Look at those clean lines!
This is the inspiration I’m going for in our living room!
Vintage Pyrex collection! SWOOOOOOON
me looking at anything MCM (and foodporn)
I began scouring Craigslist for MCM items, which about broke my heart because these pieces cost upwards of $1,000 on average. SO NOT in my price range. After a few weeks of regularly checking, I came across a gorgeous tuxedo sofa in PERFECT condition…the zinger is…it’s rust colored. I immediately emailed and the stars aligned and I was the first to inquire. How lucky am I that I get to be so lucky to win the bid for a rust colored sofa!!??! I could hardly contain myself. The price was even better at $75!! Seventy-five dollars for a MCM sofa in brand new condition!
…I’ll spare you the details on me conning my sister into helping pick up the sofa and tie it into the back of my SUV (who I named Deb) and the 30 minute drive home on the Baltimore Beltway during rush hour…had I not been so stoked for my new find, kussin’-Kim would’ve made her appearance. And let me just say, the saying “they don’t make them like they used to” also couldn’t be more true! This sofa is SOLID. So consider being more green and finding a good condition, cheap Craigslist find that you can revamp, because it’ll last forever AND less trash for the landfill.
During my approach with Brad about Big Red (the sofa), I showed him pictures of similar sofas that sell on eBay and Craigslist for $500-2500. He had dollar signs for eyes. I mean I can’t really blame him because I could pay for an entire year of school with the resale of that sofa. But I fell in love. The only thing that was a little annoying about the sofa was it felt like an old man. Perhaps because it was an old man’s estate sale. I lifted the skirt and saw that she has beautiful dark wood peg legs. PEG LEGS ::heavy breathing:: So I got the genius idea to remove the skirt and show off those gams!!! Brad’s face when I told him my plan…
Brad’s face when I told him my plan.
My first step was to lift the flap and see if the edge underneath was finished…I saw that it was stapled under the front wood piece so we were good to go! There really is no special way to do this, just grab some needle nose pliers and yank out the staples! Some of them were in there really good so I had to tap a screwdriver under the staple to give me some kind of leverage for the pliers to grab.
These are technically some type of electrical plier but it was all I could find lol
And voila! A revamped old sofa!!
Before: old man sofa After: “Mad Men sexy”
Who knew smoking could look so sexy! (btw, it’s NOT)
Eventually I would like to have the sofa reupholstered into a nice linen gray type of fabric, but for now my kids are disgusting and I’m not spending $700-1500 to have a sofa recovered for them to cover it in shmutz. So for now, Big Red is staying 🙂