July 17, 2010

If you’re gunna recover a sofa….

…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.
TFL!
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12 comments:

Krystal said...

Nat, You are truly amazing!!! I can't believe how good you made that looked!!! You're so talented! Thanks for sharing!

joybear said...

That settee turned out amazing!! And your banner....oh so cool! awesome job on both.

Kara @ Craftastical! said...

This is awesome as usual! I love the fabric, and the whole thing just turned out darling! and the banner turned out too cute for words. And I think I've crossed into gushing now. I always love it when you post something new on your blog. :)

StacyA. said...

HOLY FLIPPIN COW!! You are so amazingly talented!! This couch is so awesome! Amazing! Fantabulous!! Dang girl....you got it going on!! Luv ya!!

Jen Gallacher said...

I don't know how you look at something like that and think, "yeah, I can TOTALLY fix that." That part of my brain has never existed. I would have just thought "nope" and left it at that. WOW!!

Tammy Tutterow said...

Seriously, is there nothing that you can't do? You are so amazing!

Oh, and ha ha! My word verification is "mate mick". Isn't Mick your hubby's name?

Natty said...

What kind words sweet friends!! I'm so flattered you like it so much... and I am not easily flattered. (blushing w/ a big grin)

kelly said...

what a cool story to go with your cool new pic! beautiful sofa! i enjoy checking your blog to see what you've 'gotten into' lately! you always make me think that, 'i can, too'! thanks for that! [my next project is paneling my den like your bedroom--yummy!] ~k

Barbara said...

Luv it, luv it, luv it!!!!! What a great piece and a great job of recovering it! Your talent always amazes me....wish you could share some with me.

Ali said...

See what goes on when I get up and go away on holiday! You go and do something like this, it's TOTALLY AWESOME! I like the sofa, I envy the way you look at it and know you can do it (wish I was like that), most of all - I ADORE THE NEW PIC AND BANNER. OMG, you are SO frickin' cute! Jeez, cute AND clever, I'm putting in my order to come back as you in the next life ;-)

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mary said...

A very smart and diplomatic answer. It’s really appreciable

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