We have a 1967 Vintage Ethan Allen sofa. Over the years we have looked at other sofas, pondered getting one that was Newer and more stylish, pondered buying this one and then decided that Terry was perfectly capable of making that one, and we could use the very nice leather cushions off the old one and save a solid $6000 by doing that. So we are currently (and slowly) in the process of aquiring the quarter-sawn oak lumber necessary to make the lovely Mission style sofa we want. In the mean time, we have this sofa, which is spectacularly comfortable and large enough for 3 of us *and* dogs to sit on to watch a movie.
We never got another sofa because we always had boychildren, who are rough on furniture, and we didn’t want to invest in a nice piece of something to have it fall apart from ill treatment and daily floppage. Also? That sofa is big enough for someone to sleep on in the event of company needing #4’s bed, or a spousal spat, or insomnia requiring a boring movie.
And so, due to tension of the work-type, I indulged in one of my All Time Favorite Things: Painting the furniture. It’s easier than painting the walls, cheaper too, and while you can’t really get away with painting the walls some violent color, the furniture accepts it happily. This sofa has been a dark brown it’s entire life. Lately, (the past 8 years or so) due to the number of teens males in the house, it was looking a bit scuffed. The temporary addition of a large dog who chewed on everything added to the scuffulous appearance, but we were thankful that we had not invested the nearly $7000 that couch linked to upstairs would have cost, because I would have a yellow-dog hide rug if she’d chewed *that* up.
So, in the interest of personal sanity and mood-elevation without alcohol or drugs, I painted our couch a non-Martha Stewart Approved color. The picture doesn’t do it real justice, its actually kind of a bricky-tomato-y red, and the cushions are chestnut brown. I initially painted it blue. The lid on the can said it was a denimish stone blue, but once it was on the couch it was more of a royal blue, and entirely too bright to look right with the reddish brown cushions. So upon the advice of people I’d never met (love the internet!) I bought the red paint and gave it another coat. And I like it.