Hey Y’all! Welcome to week 7 of The Gathering Place! This week I’ll be sharing Reupholstering a Vintage Couch Part 2 with y’all! Join us here each week to share what we’ve all been working on recently! We would love for you to link up your projects, DIY’s, home décor, and recipes. The party starts every Thursday and runs until the next Wednesday. We hope you will gather with us each week and link your projects to inspire and visit other linked projects to be inspired! Here are your hosts for the party, please stop by and say hello on our blogs or social media!
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As i mentioned above, this week for The Gathering Place No. 7, I wanted to share with y’all Part 2 of Reupholstering a Vintage Couch. If you missed Part 1, you can find it HERE.
So, without Further ado, lets get into Part 2 of Reupholstering a Vintage Couch! After stripping her down to her bones (wood and metal), and scrubbing and power washing the heck out of the frame, it was time to address all of the damage that happened to the wood during the removal of 10 million staples. Poor girl.
Before choosing how to address that issue, i first needed to settle on my fabric for the couch. Being that this will be a deconstructed modern farmhouse piece when all is said and done (it’s fabulous in my head y’all…lets see if i can make it happen…fingers crossed), i wanted to choose a few different fabrics and textures to dress her in. Here is the fabric i settled on:
White canvas duck cloth, burlap, blue and white ticking, and antique hemp fabric i picked up a few years ago and have been waiting for the perfect project to use it on. This gal seemed worthy of a beautiful antique fabric. (Forgive the wrinkles, the fabric is is just out of the dryer!)
After choosing my fabrics, i decided that i wanted to keep the frame of the couch dark wood to contrast with the light palette of the fabrics. BUT, i didn’t want to take away from the antique nature of the beautiful wood, so i settled on using one of my favorite glazes. The thing i love about this glaze, is that you still get a beautiful variation in the wood colors, while sealing and giving the wood a healthy boost and bit of a shine. I used Rustoleum Transformations Restorative Glaze in Java Brown. Seriously y’all, if you haven’t tried this stuff yet, you will LOVE it. (not sponsored, by the way 🙂 ).
Here’s what it does:
See how it just beautifully brings back a shine without completely covering?
Here’s a before and after:
And, if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that my little side kick, Tank, is always around during my projects… Bless that sweet dog.
After letting the glaze dry overnight, it was time to start the process and getting this sexy lady back in some clothes. As i mentioned in Part 1
To start, i turned her over and stapled the upholstery liner all along the undercarriage of the couch. I just laid out the fabric, and pulled tight in one corner and stapled. The i moved to the opposite side and pulled tight and stapled there. I went around the couch going to opposite sides until i had a nice, taut liner underneath her, and then stapled any where that needed more enforcement. Now she has her panties on. I think she feels better already!
I had saved and numbered all pieces of the couch during the “undressing” so that i would have patterns for foam, and fabric dimensions as i put her back together. That was i was able to take each piece and place on my new fabric to cut out each new piece. Trust me y’all, DON’T skip this step. You’re welcome.
I wanted to make sure my tufting was going to work out and that i liked the white duck cloth (my hubby might have killed me at this point after purchasing 20 yards of it for the couch and the upcoming chair – so, its a dang good thing that i loved it! ) I decided to start with just one side of the tufting to see. First i had to recover the brads with the white duck cloth. I was super grateful that i was able to re use all of the original brads, as they were in great condition after cleaning them.
I just made a circle a bit wider than the brad, cut the circle out, and then hot glued (yep) the duck cloth to the underside of the brad tack. Then, i tried it out on the side piece.
Once i knew that i liked the direction that was going, it was time to attack the outer sides and back of the sofa. Now, remember, I wanted a deconstructed modern farmhouse look, meaning that i wanted to highlight the beautiful wood “insides” that are often covered in a traditional couch, chair, or sofa. I decided to use the burlap to frame the wood on the outer sides and back.
I started by stapling on the inside curve, and then cut around it and added a layer of the same lining fabric that i used for the bottom of the couch. Then i added burlap to the bottom section.
I will cover the rough edge of the burlap on the bottom with a tack strip for a more finished look.
Here’s my cute Lily helping out with the stapling… love my little helpers.
Because these reupholstery posts get pretty long, I’ll leave Part 2 there. Be sure to check back next week to see Part 3. I hope y’all have enjoyed this post. I’d love to hear what your thought are on the deconstructed furniture trend right now…love it, or hate it? Until next time…
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