Sunday, March 16, 2014

diy settee reupholster...

Do you remember this settee I snagged on Craigslist last month?
It finally made it to the top of my DIY list on the weekend!  


BEFORE:

I love the mix of antique and modern and was thinking of a geometric print, but you
 were right it would have competed with the ornate details. In the end this heathered
black and white stripe won out, suggested by this cute blogger and mom to six!
It's neutral, modern and has a unique detail. 

I had trouble deciding on a pillow, surprised? :)
At first...I loved this unique panel I found at the fabric store and made a pillow,
 yikes it wasn't my favorite. But I have a new plan for it.  


Then I remembered these bolsters that came with my sofa, I hadn't used them in years.
 I like the geometric, and think it works, but wouldn't it be fun to pull them out in the fall?


I fell for the popular watercolor floral that looks like a burst of spring! It's from TJ Maxx.
 The detail I mentioned is a twisted black and white trim sewn between each stripe. 


It was a super easy re-upholster, in my haste to get to this project going I forgot to take a
 photo of the original fabric removed. After removing the nailheads I used the original fabric
 as my pattern, being sure to center the stripes before cutting.

  
Using a staple gun, staple the fabric around the primeter, going from front to back and
 side to side, making certain the stripes are staying straight and the fabric is taut.

  
I was in a pickle when I got to the back, a piece of wood runs the length of the settee
and my staple gun wouldn't fit between it. I ran to Ace Hardware
 because it was close to lunch and they have those little bags of popcorn
to get some upholstery tacks as an alternative to the staples. 
After finishing tacking down the fabric on the back I was ready for the gimp.
The original was in good shape when I removed it, so I just used it again. 

 





Working around the perimeter, use the gimp to cover the staples and upholstery tacks, I
 secured it with nailheads about every four inches. (The original bench had them about
 every inch, I'll spare you the details but I ended up without mine that I'd purchased...ugh
I wasn't up for another hour round trip today.)
 So mine may get more nailheads another day!



 

Pretty straightforward!


Btw, which pillow is your favorite?

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54 comments:

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

The wide stripe is perfection on that! I love the pillows you paired with it too :) xo Kristin

Andrea said...

Gorgeous. You just can't go wrong with black and white (or stripes)! The pillow is perfect too. Great find, and makeover Pam.

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful said...

STUNNING. I like it with the watercolor floral :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is gorgeous. I prefer the bolster so you still see the beauty of the bench.

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Great upholstery job, Pam! I like the watercolor pillow - perfect for spring!

Kim said...

Love the new settee! ... I am sort of a settee freak! Okay ... I actually like all the pillows ... but the first pillow -cheetah/floral that's my fave!! xo

Cathy Wall said...

Love, love, love the black and white stripes, the perfect fabric for that piece!. I would not be able to decide on the pillow either, they all look great. It's good to have choices girl!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The gold frame just pops with that beautiful fabric...great choice and idea from "mom of six"....Just a perfect piece in your home!

René said...

It looks perfect! Love the extra trim detail.

jane griffin said...

Love it!!! Especially the black bolster!

Dana Frieling said...

Your settee looks even more regal now! Great job and your pillow of choice is greatness.

Angela Santaniello said...

So, so good! LOVE this bench and the fabric you picked! I think my favorite pillow is the watercolor floral. :)

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL Pam!! I love that fabric!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

It looks amazing Pam! And I love it the most with the beautiful watercolor pillow! Where did you get the black and white fabric? I've been eyeing a similar fabric in Nate Berkus' new line for my office drapes - wondering if the one you found is less expensive!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Looks absolutely awesome! Love the stripe seat cushion. Accent pillow....??? Does it need one? The piece is so stunning just as it is.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gooooooorgeous! i love the fabric- and well the piece itself is stunning, but you just took it up a million notches!

Shelly said...

I love how your bench turned out. The stripes are perfect and the watercolor pillow is ideal for spring.
Shelly

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

So cute, Pam! I like the pop of color pillow.

Kathy Olson said...

Oh, it's lovely! It took me a minute to realize you were talking about my comment! Wow, thank you so much! It really looks great!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

AMAZING Pam! I know I always say this, but I think this is my favorite piece that you have ever made over!! I love the gold with the black and white, and the watercolor pillow, it is all right up my alley!! Gorgeous!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I am so impressed at your turn-around time! It takes me forever to finish 1 DIY! The bench looks amazing - love your fabric choice. And I really like the 1st pillow. But not sure you need one at all.
Great work!

sharon smith said...

Hi Pam,
What a transformation! Chic, chic, chic!! As for the pillows, I like them both. The bolster is a serious statement of refinement, yet the watercolor is happy and light. That's what I love about pillows...
Sharon

Jeannie said...

I love your blog and I love this settee! I think it may be my favorite piece so far that I've seen on your blog since I've been reading each morning. The upholstery is amazing and I like the first two pillows!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I cant believe the great things you find on Craigs list...love the fabric! That looked pretty easy to do!

Jennifer McCracken said...

This is a gorgeous make-over! I love the black and white stripe fabric, and the stitching detail takes it up a notch! Personally, I am loving the fabric panel you made into a pillow best! Such an interesting pattern! Would love to know where you found your fabrics!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Excuse me...I need to wipe the drool off of my keyboard. :) I LOVE IT!! And what a perfect re-upholstery project-not too hard! PLEASE tell me you're keeping this one forever, b/c if you ever decide to sell it I'm driving to Denver to get it!

Suzan Sweatman said...

OMG - I'm completely sick with envy - how out of this world GORGEOUS is this piece?
It'll forever be tatooed on the back of my eyelids forever and a day now!
Off to pin - where I can at least pretend it's mine
Beautiful beautiful job Pam !

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. All the pillows are super, but I love the round bolster pillow, it is fabulous. Hugs, Marty

sarah m. dorsey said...

love the wide stripe!! the cording with nailhead is gorgeous too!

Cyndy Aldred said...

Absolutely love it Pam! It turned out so fabulous and the fabric is awesome! High five! You need a Airstrike stapler girl!! Life changing!

Julia Konya said...

Love love lot it! It looks like a million bucks!
I want the watercolor floral! Such a pretty pillow

Alexa said...

It came out so beautifully. Love those wide stripes!

JeanMarie said...

I like it on its own without a pillow. Perhaps, add a tassel at each of the front legs.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

It looks wonderful!!! And I love the fabric on the seat! As for the pillows, I like the last one the best. :) And your staple gun looks impressive. I need a new one, where did you get yours?

Vel Criste said...

Another gorgeous masterpiece Pam! Love the piping !!!! My most fave pillow is the first!!!!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Upholstery tacks! That is the answer I've been looking for because my dining room chairs are currently without fabric because my stapler won't reach far enough into the back of the chairs and I really didn't want to spend the money on an upholsterer for such a simple project. Thank you lady! I love the fabric you chose and I'm kinda digging that leopard/floral pillow!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

What a great find! I love it. You did a beautiful job reupholstering. All the pillows really cute....the bolster might actually be my favorite.

Tiffany said...

Wow, what a gorgeous transformation. No surprise. I love it with the watercolor pillow. Your' pictures are really good too. I'm going to have to find something that I can attempt this on.

pam {simple details} said...

Kris and Jennifer - I found the fabric at Colorado Fabrics here in town, I'm sorry I don't know the name of it, they don't disclose that. Sometimes I can tell on the selvage, but not this one.

Debbie J. said...

Pam, it turned out beautifully. Love the fabric you chose and the number of tacks you used look fine, you can always add more later if you decide they are needed. The gorgeous gold shows up so much better with your fabric. I love the floral watercolor best for spring/summer but whatever you choose will be perfect. You have amazing taste and I look so forward to your blog - you're one of the best !!!!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Love the fabric and the trim. Another job well done! I prefer no pillow because the piece and fabric are so great but I am boring and practical like that. It really looks great, Pam and the placement in front of the mirror is inspired.

StagerLinda said...

Expert job! It looks amazing. I love both pillows--how can you go wrong when the bench is so wonderful.

Wild Oak Designs said...

I love what you did.....and actually, I like it without a pillow....
The nailhead trim is stunning and you did a great job!
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

Adore the bench; what a great find. I prefer the bolster pillow with it but you're right, the square pillow looks like a burst of spring.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Visiting from Wow us Wednesday- your bench looks fabulous! I was thinking in the first photo how a round bolster would look great centered and then in the next picture there was one! I like the bolster's fabric because it lets your eye look at the bench and pillow as a whole. The other pillow is pretty but it pulls your eye to it. Just a thought! I like the fabric you chose- modern mixed with antique is a fabulous look.

Rachel Uchizono said...

The bench is to die for! I love the fabric combined with the ornate gold frame.
You scored!
Rachel

Kathy Moreland said...

Beautifully done! I like the pillow with the cheetah print. Exotic!!

Tracy Laverty said...

Pam- I love your upholstered bench you did! Great job! Those stripes with the Spring pillow is gorgeous.

Biscuits and Boxwoods said...

It looks gorgeous! I love the fabric and the watercolor pillow.

Darleen~ Places In The Home said...

In a word- stunning! Count me in as another fan of mixing antiques with modern. It really does create a great look and in this case a great focal point. Very impressed!

Nicki Parrish said...

Awesome bench! I love the mix of the modern fabric with the old looking woodwork. It is sheer perfection! Visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays, congrats on the feature!

Brittany Ruth said...

What an awesome find! I would have snatched this one up too!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so i already drooled over this once, but my partner has a settee to cover and this fabric would be amazing- what is the source? i can't find it in the post. thanks!

this little preppy goes west said...

Love it Pam! And the bright watercolor pillow with the black and white stripe is what caught my eye! Beautiful!

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