This week I’m participating in another Summer Home Tour series which is hosted again by my friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Welcome to everyone coming from her blog and also all the other new visitors coming from today’s lineup.
Anita of Far Above Rubies is before me today and I always enjoy her unique style and story behind her beautiful eclectic home.
I’m going to share our front porch with you again today because I made a recent Craigslist purchase which changed things up a bit out there. I bought a vintage rattan sofa and it was only $50. The reason I was looking for a new piece to place on the porch was that I hated sitting on our wooden bench on the porch. It looked nice but was just so uncomfortable and only fit two people. My legs are also pretty short and didn’t reach the floor which always resulted in my legs falling asleep because they were dangling. Serious problems here, am I right? LOL!
Below you can see the chairs that were in the same listing as the sofa and are still available by the way. The entire setup for $50 too. To the right, you can see the couch slightly in the photo. Unfortunately, I forgot to grab the listing photo.
But the cushion style and sofa are similar to the one below on Etsy which costs $500.
So let me show you and explain a bit more…
Our “new” vintage rattan sofa
I picked the sofa up at the lady’s house who had explained to me already that her two dogs loved this sofa, slept on it frequently and the cushions weren’t in the best shape anymore. So I thought that I could probably find other cushions online to fit.
She also explained to me that she only used one side of the cushions and I noticed that the other side facing down looked like new which is why I decided to take the zippered covers off and throw them in the wash.
Finding new cushions for your vintage rattan sofa
While they were washing I googled around for some blue deep-seat outdoor cushions with the existing cushions’ measurements in mind because my initial plan was to tie the porch look in with my backyard. If you are new around here, let me show you my backyard and my small yard landscaping ideas. Below you can see what I shared last week along with our newly built DIY stock tank swimming pool.
Blue is just my first choice. I found two options that had similar measurements. One at Walmart and one from AtHome. Ultimately the hue of the AtHome cushions won me over.
I went and bought the cushions so I could try them. The $150 bill hurt a bit though after I had gotten the sofa for only $50.
The blue is beautiful but I had to squish the pillows in a bit to make them fit.
While I was trying them out I noticed that whenever I sat on them they left indents that didn’t go away. And not just little ones. BIG ONES! The fabric was also not soft at all and the cushions weren’t firm. Can you see where I’m going with this…?
One of the questions I always ask myself is: Would you wear this fabric in an outfit? And the answer, in this case, is YES.
The old cushion fabric had all the right colors, don’t you agree? Just look at the two next photos. And they didn’t cost me $150 more.
So I went into my pillow stash and found some blush pillows and another TJ Maxx find in a diamond pattern.
I stopped using outdoor throw pillows on our covered front porch a long time ago because you just can’t wash them nicely. Instead, I use the same throw pillows as inside which are covers and inserts so I can rotate and wash the covers easily.
Making vintage fabric work with modern pillows
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The above are all reasons I decided to keep the old cushions and the quality is just so much better than the stupid AtHome cushions which I returned the next day.
I would probably never choose a print on a sofa cushion because it’s not as versatile but you can make it work by pairing the vintage fabric with some more modern pillows.
Photos of decorated vintage rattan sofa on porch
And here is what we have on the porch now…
I also hung a new mirror by the door.
All the kitties love hanging out with us when we keep the windows open while sitting on the porch. I wish I could make it a screened-in porch so they could come outside with us. Maybe one day that will happen. Right now the hubby says NO.
Look at Willy, my front door greeter.
It is a comfy and snuggly couch and everyone loves it who sits on it. My son has spent entire evenings out here already and I actually watched a scary movie with my daughter out there on Friday on my iPad. It was awesome with the fire lit.
I gathered several things from around the house to pull the look together.
So now we have a hillbilly pool and an indoor sofa on the porch. What’s next?
UPDATE: I changed the porch again and I love the vintage fabric even more with the new look. Our fall porch is just so cozy.
Check out how painting a concrete porch in a checkerboard pattern changes the look completely. Also check out, how this porch looks after the first winter and how to clean a painted concrete patio or porch.
Where to buy rattan sofas that have a vintage look
Not everyone is as lucky as I am to find a vintage rattan sofa/couch on Facebook Marketplace for $50. Let’s face it, rattan is really popular now again and people sell them for much more. You can find vintage rattan sofas on websites like Chairish, 1stDibs, and Etsy but they are always really pricey and you don’t really know what shape they are in since they are used.
If you are looking to buy new but with a vintage look in mind, then check out the options that I found below. They aren’t cheap but you know that you will get a brand new piece of furniture.
Next visit my friend Heather of Setting For Four. She always has such an elegant tour.