Saturday, January 17, 2009

The ongoing saga of the fainting sofa......

Hello friends......The Saga of the Fainting Sofa continues. Have you ever had a Magnificent that you visualized completely in your mind and knew it just had to happen? Well, such was The Saga of the Fainting Sofa.

As you may recall from previous posts I was busy clothing the fainting sofa in all kinds of velvet, lace and brocades. This was all in preparation for its debut in The Parlor I planned to create in my cottage shop. Well, so clear was my vision of The Parlor, with the fainting sofa and Victorian mantel and fireplace as the main characters, that I cleared the room of everything and began the transformation. The fireplace and mantel went right in.....along came a shabby writing desk and pretty Eastlake style armchair. An old Victrola that I snatched from my mom's garage over Christmas came along too, soon to be painted and shabbied up. And now it was finally time for the Grand Entrance of the Fainting Sofa! TA-DA!!! Did I mention it had been waiting right inside the front door in the living room all this time? And did I mention that it would have to make a 45 degree turn through a 3x4 foot hallway to enter The Parlor? And did I also fail to mention that all of the interior doorways in the 1920s cottage measure 30 inches wide and the fainting sofa which measured 29 inches on one end measured 37 inches on the other end? guessed it, there was no way on earth that fainting sofa was going through the doorway or turning in that hallway. I was crushed as My Big Plan which just wasn't going to happen, at least not with the fainting sofa. So the moral to this story is time you have a Big Plan, take a tape measure along with you!

Stay tuned for upcoming pictures of Plan B.......executing My Big Plan without the fainting sofa.


Carolina Gonzalez said...

hahaha what a story! Honestly, I've had my share of unfinished Master Plans too LOL!

lisa said...


I am so sorry that your plan A did not work out, but am looking forward to seeing what your plan B is.


EileenandKaren@forgetmenotdreams said...

Awe Debbie! Your parlor sounds lovely...even without the fainting sofa!

Susan - My Vintage Charm said...

Debbie what a darling story. Can't wait to here about the BIG plan B. There's just got to be a way of getting that fainting sofa in. I'll be waiting to here all about it! Have a great week my dear! Keep your vision ALIVE!

gail said...

Hi Debbie,,, I am so sorry plan A , dare I say fell short. I cant wait to see what plan B will be. I am sure just as grand. Where will you be placing the fainting couch? Sometimes I have to make it to plan x,y or z. There is always a way. LOL Good luck and keep us posted. Pink Hugs, gail

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Dag! I hate it when that happens. Been there done that bunches of times. Had homeowner's do that too. Bummer. Can't wait to see what plan B is.
bunny kisses,

Shabby Shan said...

Debbie, I am so sorry your fainting sofa plan didn't work out. I bet you will come up with something equally as lovely for your plan B for your parlor! Keep us posted.


Patricia said...

Living in an old house, I can sympathize with you! Have a few of those close hallways and narrow doorways-yeech. I'm sure the parlor will be gorgeous anyway. Can't wait to see plan B,
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Inka Thomas said...

Got a chain saw??? I love just love fainting sofa's. I have 2 that I lounge around on. LOL I bet your parlor is 2die4!!! Can't wait to see pics.


Tedi said...

Let me guess... plan B involves a window! Am I right? Whatever it is, you've got me hooked now to see what happens!

Debbie said... funny....I actually did consider trying to get the fainting sofa through a window but alas they were too small too, and besides that they are painted shut. Plan B will involve something entirely different. :)


Lilli Blue said...

Your fainting sofa wants to faint in another room..LOL. My sofa got in and the movers had no idea how.
Now I will never get it out. I just keep recovering it myself because we have never been able to get it out.
The guys just shake their heads and wonder how I got it in!
Keep us posted on plan B. Lilli

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Debbie,

Sorry that happens! Oh man, I would be so mad with myself. Haha.
I hope your Plan B will work out !

Have a great week!

Pei Li

Anonymous said...

Cant wait to seewhat plan B is!!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry how heartbroken you must be. Plan B should be to take it through a window if you can. That is what we do, my hubby is handy like that maybe that is something that would work. Then plan C could be without it.