I sort of failed my no-shopping January because I bought a couch. But it was pretty! And cheap! And second hand! And came with two chairs and a table! And it's my dream couch! Also our old one wasn't in a good condition and we had been discussing getting a new one and once my other half agreed (after I had mercilessly pestered him about it for weeks) that an antique sofa might be nice, I went ahead and got us one.
Once I got the permission to buy some kind of an antique sofa, I checked Huuto.net, the local equivalent of Ebay. There was one sofa that looked very nice and was located close by. I was just going to phone the seller and ask how much it would cost to get the furniture delivered to our apartment, but he was very willing to sell and the sofa was in our living room by the end of the day :) The whole set cost me 400 euros including delivery, which was a very good price considering a new sofa would have cost at least 300 euros (and it would have been uglier).
I'm super happy with it! It's beautiful, comfy and in a good condition, nothing broken and only one small stain on one of the chairs. It's not very old, since it has modern cushions and the fabric hasn't worn out. I was planning on painting the wooden parts black, but my other half likes it this way so no paint for this baby! Luckily I have another couch that I can work on if I run out of things to do... ;)
Now some pictures!
|The sofa and a kitty, the ugly blue thing is the corner of the old sofa|
|Closeup of the arm rests (and my lovely pillows)|
|The chairs that came with it|
|The coffee table. It's not the same shade of wood so it isn't from the same set, but still is very nice|
I'm not sure if I'll keep the table, there was no picture of it on the ad so I just hoped it would be nice. I was hoping for one with four legs so I could have installed a shelf beneath the table between the legs to have some space for all the stuff we have in the living room. It's still very pretty and I'll try if I get used to it! The table needed some TLC, I put four screws on the bottom of the top part to make it more steady and re-glued one of the legs because it was a bit wobbly. Now it's good and steady. I still think it would look better painted black, but I'd probably paint everything black if allowed ;)
I was worried if our kitties would scratch the fabric, but they didn't seem that interested in it. The old sofa is horribly customized by cats, but it had been scratched when my other half got it and it was impossible to keep our kitties from doing the same when they noticed it was already marked by some other cat. Luckily it seems to be related to only the one piece of furniture and they mostly only scratch their scratching posts. They mainly wanted to lounge on the new sofa.
|Happy users on the sofa|
|Another happy sofa user|
|It fits three cats!|