March 8, 2012

take a seat part 1

I've been keeping a secret from you.

I know, I know. Its a terrible thing to do to a friend.

Its a dirty secret too. And pretty smelly...with lots of earwax gold. And I suspect some cat hair.


I had long wanted a loveseat for our living room and a year (or so) ago I got this one for my birthday. Whoop whoop. Perfect in so many ways - nice lines, structurally in good shape and full of potential. So like anything with potential, it sat in my basement for a good 10 months. As you can see though, sister has seen better days. Judging from the fabric, those days were in the 60s. And not the cool mod Mad Men 60s. More like your grandma's doilies and tupperware 60s.



Finally, we brought it upstairs and put it in the living room for some shock therapy. If you stare at this thing long enough, you'll get your butt in gear to fix it! (the only one who would sit on it was me...and the dog.) 


When prepping the house for our recent first birthday party we moved it out to the garage (we didn't want to scare our guests) and that was enough to push me over the edge. I officially have a bee in my bonnet.


I'm ready to tackle the old girl. So now, the big decisions.

via From The Right Bank

Do I want to paint it? What color? Do I want solid fabric, or a pattern? Nail head or piping? And the biggest question of all...do I attempt to reupholster this myself? Keep the tufting or loose it? So many decisions! (the only thing I know for sure is I want one cushion rather than two) What do you think? I'd love your feedback!!
via Bijou and Boheme

First step, no matter what, is to rip off this fabric and get the wood sanded and ready for paint...or stain. Decisions Decisions.

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! I have a similar one but smaller (like your other pictures but with tufting). I've been wanting to have it reupholstered but it would cost me an arm and a leg! You reuphoster?! So jealous! I see it painted white with blue or green velvet fabric. I would personally keep the tufting. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  2. very interesting! I would try it without tufting! I think you could do it, if I can! see our upholster post :

    http://www.powellbrower.com/2012/02/my-first-sofa-reupholster.html

    Either a neutral ( dropcloth?) linen feel, or a brilliant color ??? Good luck, can't wait to see what you do!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  3. I would keep the tufting. Nothing is more striking and classy than a tufted piece of furniture. I am always a fan of keeping my fabrics neutral and simple. Then go crazy with great pillows for color, pattern and texture.

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  4. I love the tufting! If you keep it I would probably choose a solid. You could paint it, something fun and shiny...if you choose to keep the wood I'd give it a little facelift. What a great piece, I like you have a furniture graveyard in my basement...I really need to get moving on them. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  5. I love the tufting! If you keep it I would probably choose a solid. You could paint it, something fun and shiny...if you choose to keep the wood I'd give it a little facelift. What a great piece, I like you have a furniture graveyard in my basement...I really need to get moving on them. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  6. What a great piece! I love the tufting...definitely one cushion. If you keep the tufting I'd stick with a solid..velvet would be yummy!! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  7. I'm seeing a charcoal grey or navy blue here. Both are kid friendly and can read as neutral. And I'm usually a fan too of keeping the stain on pieces like this.
    Camille

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  8. Ok, I'm back because I thought of you when I was looking at some of my boards this morning on Pinterest. I don't know your style well enough to have any idea what you would think of ticking stripe, but it can be so chic. (Have you seen Kate Spade's ticking stripe settee with orange piping!)
    Check these out:

    http://thevintiqueobject.blogspot.com/2011/11/look-alikes-iv.html

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    1. Camille, I have that same couch pinned! I am LOVING that piping and had thought about that. My only worry is I like to mix things up so much I don't know what contrast color to pick that would last thru all my crazy changes. I think we are on the same track though.

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  9. Oh the possibilities! I can not wait to see what you do with this! I am going to say... you will hate every minute of it and some minute will be worse then others! But in when it is done you will stare at it and jump for joy and be so happy you finished it! Good luck!

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  10. Wow! Now that's a project. I really like the tufting :)In a few days I'm doing a post called sew on button tufting.....stop back to check it out this could be another option for you.

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  11. oooh what an exciting transformation that will be!

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