…make sure it’s an easy one.
Reupholstering for a novice can be impossible, OR NOT if the project is right. I have a friend Becca, she called me saying she’d found an awesome settee, and wanted to know if I could reupholster it for her. My immediate answer was MAYBE.
She’s a portrait photographer, working often with a fairytale slant… cool stuff. http://beccanae.com/
She found this settee with great fragile & feminine bones, so I went to look at it. I could tell immediately I could totally recover it… no fancy nailing, tacks, piping… I could see it was going to disassemble easily, so I called her back and told her to get it!
I know what is beyond my skills, and most upholstery is. I don’t have any fancy tools to do it; I have a staple gun. Lucky for me (or Becca) this settee was hardly screwed together, and easily came apart. The main back cushion only had 5 screws holding it on… each side piece had 1 screw. So along with recovering it, I reattached the pieces with more screws in more places, giving it some strength. I also reinforced the frame… you can see how little structure was under the seat…
I won’t go into a detailed how to, it took far too many hours to attempt a how to… but I wanted to share how great it turned out.
So great in fact that I did a little photo-shopping and made myself a new banner for my blog with it! (You probably already noticed.)
One thing I will share… for the back… I bought a thin sheet of mdf, traced the back of the settee onto it, and cut it out with a jig saw before covering it with fabric… This made the back of the sofa as pretty as the front, with smooth lines much better than the stiff green stuff that came off of it.
Didn’t she choose awesome fabric!?!
PS…. A project like this will teach you: Easy and Quick are not the same thing.