February 20, 2014

Settee ReUpholstered with Drop Cloth

Upholstery Project Reveal



Let me start with...
SO GLAD THIS IS DONE!

I've admired the deconstructed line at Restoration Hardware for quite a while.  But have you seen the price?  Not gonna happen.  I knew I wanted to create my own version but I needed the right piece of furniture.  I had a love seat sitting in the game room that my sister and her husband gave us when they moved.  I finally decided to go out to the game room the other day to look a closer look.  I wanted to see if I could peel something back and peek at the bones.  It wasn't so easy without causing damage, so I just went for it.  I trudged back through the crunchy snow and into the house to beg my husband to help me carry it into the house.  

Forgive me, but once I started I didn't stop to take many pictures.


These two before pics are from my phone so the quality is terrible.

After I ripped some of the vinyl off, I stood back and looked at it.  A big "WHAT WAS I THINKING?" went through my head.  Then I tried to imagine what it might look like covered in my stack of awesome vintage European grain sacks...  NOPE!  I wasn't feeling very confident about what I was looking at so there was no way I was going to ruin my beautiful grain sacks with an upholstery project gone bad.  So, I ran out to the garage and raided my fabric stashes to see what I had. The only thing worth using was in my good stash of linen and I wasn't going to waste that either!  Then I asked my husband to stop off at the hardware store for me while he was in town.  He's so sweet about running spontaneous errands for me!  I asked him to pick me the best looking drop cloth they had and some upholstery nails.

Shame on me for not getting a supplies picture! SORRY!

He Bought:
2 ACE 8oz Drop Cloths in 2 different sizes, 9x15' and 4x15'
6.5 Packs of 9/16" Black Upholstery Nails


Tools (I had already):
Electric Stapler
Hammer
Fabric Scissors
Utility Scissors
Utility Blade
Needle Nose Pliers
Sand Paper








I sanded all the the bones that I suspected would be left exposed.  My master plan was to wing it and hope for the best!  That's it.  



I was quite seriously winging it!  No, it's NOT even. LOL!


I used a dark gray linen upholstery weight fabric to go around the two arm support bars.


 Yes, I wanted it to look this way.






It definitely isn't for everyone, but I truly love how it turned out!  Its very us.

The love seat was free.  Total cost of this project was about $50 and I have leftovers.

Now I need short ottoman with a soft top.  Maybe a big old wood stool topped with a vintage grain sack cushion?  We'll see!

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Well?  What do you think?



3 comments :

  1. This is seriously amazing. I've been ever so slowly working on a vintage couch that I'm trying to reupholster, so I feel your pain! Awesome job.

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  2. This is seriously amazing. I've been ever so slowly working on a vintage couch that I'm trying to reupholster, so I feel your pain! Awesome job.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! It was a mountain more than I anticipated. I'm thrilled at the results so much that now I want to tackle its ugly matching chair!

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