Monday, August 24, 2009

The Porch Couch Part II and a giveaway…

I didn’t realize that last Monday’s post about my front porch couch would be part I. Here is a recap of where I was last week…extremely tired of using my red, white and blue quilt on the couch and decide to go without it…but didn’t want the white slip covered cushions exposed directly to Mother Nature’s elements…so I layered on a $4 white garage sale shower curtain.

Here is what the couch cushions look like with out the old red, white and blue quilt covering them.

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Here is what the couch looked like last week after the white shower curtain was added.

0726 001On Saturday I went to the Good Junk sale and bought an outdoor iron couch with floral cushions (see picture below) from LeAnntiques.

I fell in love with this couch because it is in three pieces. Why is that so important? I have a 1906 house with narrow stairs and can’t get a couch up to the second floor, let alone up to the third floor – a finished attic where I enjoy watching TV, playing Wii, blogging and quilting during the winter. I have been using a two piece bamboo loveseat that I dug out of a dumpster…I will share that next Monday when I show you where the iron couch landed.

My attic is a somewhat neglected area as I tend to use whatever will make it up the narrow staircase and isn’t being used else where. Additionally it is the only level of the house to have carpet – a soft green color, and it is painted cream…which isn’t me at all. The ‘new’ sofa will look odd being that it is white and the walls are cream…but some day when the walls have been painted white and the carpet replaced by hardwood…it will look like my style.

After I got the iron sofa home and was enlisting the help of my friend Melinda to help me haul the pieces to the attic…we realized that maybe we should swap the white cushions from the front porch couch with the floral cushions that came with the iron couch. After all…the floral cushions weren’t the original style for the iron couch and we could cover the floral cushions so no one passing by the front porch or stopping for a visit would see the floral cushions. And best of all my nice white cushions wouldn’t be exposed to the outdoors any more.0822 018So, are you even still reading?  Here is the front porch couch (see below) with the floral cushions. I used the garage sale white shower curtain to cover the cushions, however because it was so thin I needed to find another white large size cloth. Thankfully I remembered that I had a white chenille shower curtain that I quit using a few years back, and had it tucked away to use as throw when it is chilly during our s’more night parties. It worked perfectly as it is thick enough to hide the floral cushions, and it adds texture. I am guessing the cushions are suppose to sit as they do in the picture above, but in order to make them work on the front porch couch I had to be flexible.

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Here she is with the white chenille shower curtain covering the floral cushions.

0822 025 Here she is with a quilt I am particularly fond of and only use for special gatherings on the porch.

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D said...

Love the shower curtain. Great idea. Your porch looks so cozy and inviting. Have you thought about using a king flat sheet? Just a thought.


My name is PJ. said...

Wow! That's great all the way around, isn't it? Love the three-piece couch idea and the floral cushions look great alone or covered in white! Love the chenille shower curtain. I want me one of them suckers!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

A good cover for outdoor cushions are dropcloths. Just wash them first to get the hard feeling out of them then they are soft and they hold up well and can go in the wash anytime. You could even sew them to cover the cushions individually.

Love iron sofas...I have one just like that one you got..

KarenSue said...

This is why I love thrifting. I have things I never could have aff orded and I love mixing things up. I cover my porch sofa with twin sheets I buy from the thrift. Love the sofa!

Runner Mom said...

You are so creative!! Love these ideas!! Visiting from Rhoda's. I would love some decorating advice when you have a minute to visit my blog!! I have a cute tole tray and am not sure how to pair it!! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I love it with the chenille for a fresh seaside look and I love it with the quilt for more of a cottage country look. Great job.

P.S. LeAnntiques huh??

Anonymous said...

I never would have thought of the shower curtain. Great idea. :) That's why I stop by your blog....I always see something new.

Wendy said...

The couch looks fantastic!

Wendy said...

I love "flowered curtains"!

Shelia said...

Love all the different looks you can have with this piece.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Cheri Peoples said...

So Pretty.

I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
Its So Very Cheri

KellyMB said...

I love the chenille on the porch!

Joy said...

Wow I just love it. I never find good things like that. I love the red pillows that you added too.

Brittany said...

I absolutely love it! The shower curtain really does add more personality than the thin plastic. You did great!

DeniseMarie said...

great post. I'm still kicking myself for not buying a chenille bedspread from the 60's that I saw at a resale shop in another state. what a fun porch couch.

ImagineCozy said...

I loved seeing all of the different looks you created!

Anonymous said...

Ooh this is fabulous! Cool collection of Sofa Couch .