Stripped down sofa
Well, after yesterday's work and shower I slept soundly! So soundly in fact I ignored my early alarm to get up before the kids and didn't get the early start I wanted to on the sofa. When I did get started at about 9am it was already 20 degrees, sunny Shropshire day indeed!!
I had to take a lot of breaks today to keep cool, the lovely breeze that usually blows through our garden was noticeable absent today. I think I've done pretty well to get this stripped down today, just a few stray staples left. Tomorrow will be spent putting a coat of wood preserver on this and then we can finally get down to the fun stuff!
See the progress here.
See how the sofa used to look here.
Take a seat
A couple of days ago my sister calls me with the ominous question of "Are you busy?" I then spent the evening moving sofas around for her. I got an additional sofa for the living room and this one which I had my eye on for a garden project so I couldn't complain too much about it. It wasn't much fun with the heat though, her timing could have been better!
Today my son fell asleep on the sofa so me and my daughter got started on stripping this sofa down. With a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a knife we set to work! It was a blinking hot day though so I'm quite pleased we managed to get as much done as we did in all honesty! It made quite a nice change to do the fun part of stripping this myself, usually Ben takes on these kind of man jobs that are really the fun parts of the projects!
I've definitely earned my shower tonight and I'm planning on an early start tomorrow to finish getting it stripped so we can start rebuilding it.
Although this is a personal project, it's very much in keeping with the love of Shropshire Garden Party and outdoor entertaining so I thought you'd enjoy to see it.
Check out the progress here!!
Beautiful Singer Legs
After the first attempt at just brushing the paint off with a wire brush Ben put these in stripper for a couple of days. The paint came off a lots easier this time although after a couple of hours my hands and back were aching and I needed a rest and some food. Ben has agreed to put these in stripper again over the weekend to help get the last few stubborn bits off so I can start painting them next week.
Beautiful Singer Legs
We managed to get a beautiful Singer based table for free a couple of months ago, it had been used outside by an elderly couple and had seen better days. The top of it was a really thick piece of oak that had a rotten crevice down the middle of it, we thought it would have to be thrown away but once it dried out we saw potential. Ben has taken the top to work on himself and he assures me it is looking beautiful.
I thought it was time that I got to work on the legs so we could get the table put back together finally. Ben said a wire brush should be fine to get the old layers of paint off and safer than a stripper with the kids around. I took to work with the wire brush he had left for me, it was blooming hard going and I feel like I didn't really achieve much apart from destroying the wire brush! Ben said he will use some stripper on it over the weekend to help me out, it would have been nice for him to do that in the first place!
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