I realize I owe you all a Halloween round-up with costume pics and all, but there are a couple of great blog parties going on right now, that I didn’t want to miss, so I am going to reveal the big loveseat reupholstery job my mom (I helped a bit) did when she was in town a couple of weeks ago, now. Look for Halloween in the next day or two, and an important announcement, hopefully by the end of the week…
Well, mostly before–we had already begun demolition. This Broyhill loveseat was quite the nice piece of furniture in 1994, when it was made. I got it from my friend when she was moving for $15. The plaid (besides being a little dated, and worn/torn in places) just wasn’t working in my home. Last time my mom came to town, we got the materials for this project, but were busy slipcovering my hide-a-bed couch, so she had to come back to do this one.
The hardest part is taking the thing apart. (Even with all of these fantastic helpers!) The staples were smaller than Mom was used to seeing, and broke easily when we tried to pull them out. There must have been a million of them. We all worked for a couple of days, getting staples out. As we got the various pieces off, Mom would write down the order in which they came off and label the fabric pieces, with a sharpie, as to their location on the couch. Those pieces became the pattern for sewing the new pieces.
Of course, I let her do all that sewing and stuff, and she had the couch put back together in about a day, magically! (Well, between her sewing skills, and the air compressor they used with the staple gun, it felt like magic). I did do the painting of the legs by myself after she had gone home. I used the reddish brown paint from our front door, and then darkened it with a coat of that tinted polyurethane I have been so excited about. Here are the afters:
I’ve had a hard time getting decent lighting to take these pictures and had to take these at night, so the first is without a flash and the second is with a flash. I think reality is somewhere between the two. I think the fabric is called “tobacco,” and that is probably the best way to describe the color. It has a nice subtle textured pattern throughout.
And it really makes me want to finish the rest of the unfinished projects in my family room that are now sticking out like the sore thumb the couch used to be.
In the meantime, check out more great makeovers and projects here:
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