Monday, September 15, 2014

What Would Sarah Do? Mid Century Modern Edition


I'm so excited to share another edition of What Would Sarah Do this week! Thanks so much for sending in your thrifted finds!! Today, I'm sharing Jill's amazing second hand treasures, a Mid Century Modern sofa and pair of chairs (You know I have a weakness for all things MCM!). Both of pieces have amazing lines and just need a little refreshing, so today's suggestions are all about freshening and modernizing.


This sofa! Sure, it looks a little worn, but look at those clean lines and that wood base!


First, I'd remove the back tufting for a cleaner look.

Jill said she was thinking about a cotton velvet and I think that's a great idea! Maybe something like this. Make sure that it is upholstery grade, and if available, check the double rubs (a machine rubs over the fabric, back and forth until the fabric is worn), a higher number is better. (i.e. 100,000 double rubs, but 25,000 to 50,000 is suitable for residential use) Also, make sure to order a sample first!

For the base, I'd sand it down and leave it natural, sealed with clear polyurethane and clear wax. If she's thinking about replacing the bottom cushions, maybe swap for one large cushion for a more relaxed look. But keep three for a more tailored look.


I'm considering a color for a second sofa, I can't get yellow out of my mind! Maybe something like this.


Or maybe a teal! Like this or this

Jill also sent a few pics of this MCM chair. She has already removed the side panel on the arms (great call, as it shows off the detail on the arms!) I love the lines and the tufted cushion!


She's debating dyeing the fabric, before investing time/money reupholstering with a linen or linen look ..


Personally, I'd love to see these in a saturated linen, so I say, reupholster!

Maybe Fuchsia from the Warsa line


Or this yellow. Jill mentioned that these won't be in the same room as the sofa, but if they were, I'd pair them with the charcoal sofa.


I love the arms natural wood, so I'd sand them down and apply a light coat of a gray stain such as Minewax Classic gray - wipe it off immediately so it doesn't get too dark.


If you'd like to know what I'd do with a piece, feel free to email a photo to sarahmdorseydesigns{@}gmail.com with the subject line, what would sarah do? I might include it here next week! (p.s. Thanks to all that sent in your request, I will try to get to all of them!)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Five


Hey! I hope that you had a great week! Here's a few things that have caught my eye recently!


I recently updated our DIY page .. Creating the thumbnails made me realize how much we've accomplished in a few months! If you missed any of our recent projects, click here! (this is just a screenshot, click here for the individual project links) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What Would Sarah Do?


I often get asked, how do you pick out things at a thrift store? What do you look for? or What would you do with this? So I decided to start a little series, sharing second hand finds and how I would transform them into something that I'd LOVE to have in my home!


Look at this headboard!? Sure it's dingy and the brown painted frame looks a little cheap, but new fabric, and paint would make this look like a million bucks!

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