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« on: August 02, 2012 06:56:54 AM »

So Ive been a mental-reupholsterer for as long as I can remember. I would see a beautifully handcrafted piece of vintage furniture on Craigslist covered in hideous, stained, or ripped fabric and I would exclaim proudly "I can reupholster that!" I mustve said that phrase (in my head or otherwise) countless times in my 22 years of existence. But Ive never ACTUALLY reupholstered anything. Ever. Not even one of those "strip the piece and then get intimidated" type deals. I just never needed to. People never really gave me the opportunity to reupholster anything (probably due to the terrifying image in their minds of me wielding a staple gun). So when my boyfriend FINALLY took me to pick up a piece of one of these beautiful-but-ugly pieces I found on Craigslist, I almost peed my pants with the excitement of the project.

I haggled the elderly woman who owned the couch from 100 to 50 bucks, which I still kinda feel like may have been too much, but whatever. Haggling accomplished, therefore, win.
We borrowed our friends truck to lug the beauty home and all of a sudden there it was. My first reupholstering project staring at me in our garage.

Behold the Before!


Okay, If Im being completely honest here, I kinda loved the original couch. I have a soft spot for old lady fabrics and floral everything. Unfortunately(?) for me, my boyfriend does not feel the same way. In fact, he pretty much despises floral anything and wasnt too keen on having an old stinky couch in our new house. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention! This couch is not only my first reupholstering project, its also the first piece of furniture we purchased for our new home that we just bought but havent moved into yet! (You see the pressure starting to build on the outcome of this couch? Because I do.)

So we headed to the fabric store promptly 3 days after getting the actual couch and I was pleasantly surprised when my lovely boyfriend picked out a rather ah-mazing turquoise and cream damask fabric. HE PICKED IT. I HAVE A BOYFRIEND WHO ACTUALLY CHOSE DAMASK FABRIC! I swear, I thought he was going to pick some uber-masculine navy boring something or another. But no! He picked something I actually was planning to pick myself! It seems after 4 and a half years I am finally starting to rub off on the boy. Cheesy

He kinda prodded me to start the reupholstering right away (his eagerness was kinda infectious). I think he was worried I was all talk, which granted, most of the time I am. BUT THIS TIME I WASNT. In fact, I am definitely more passionate about furniture than any of the things I claim Im going to do but decide not to.

So I did it in one night.

Well okay. Thats not true. I did almost all of it in one day. Then I ran out of fabric.
This is where I was before we ran out of fabric:


Isnt that fabric pretty? The underbelly-whateveryoucallit part isnt so pretty, but whatever you dont even see that. I watched copious amounts of How I Met Your Mother whist removing staple after staple after freaking staple and then stretching the new fabric and restapling and stapling and stapling. Exhaustive process. I had a bruised hand the following two days.

So the boy picked me up some more fabric (way too much) and some nailhead trim and set me back to work in no time at all.

Before I knew it. I had the entire thing done.

I didnt, however have the cushion yet, because I made the (stupid) executive decision that I was going to toss the old one and make my own. One more trip to the fabric store and we picked up one GIANT (wayyyy too big) piece of super thick fabric (wayyyy too thick) that I was just going to magically cut it into a cushion shape. Thanks to the lady at the fabric store giving us the tip to use a turkey carver to cut the foam, otherwise Id probably be cutting that damn foam with a spoon or something equal dull and useless.

Fast forward many tears and frustrating comments from the boyfriend, and I made a cushion.

Okay.

I kinda faked the whole cushion. I literally safetypinned the fabric directly to the foam and flipped the damn thing over because YOULL NEVER SEE THE BOTTOM AND I DONT WANNA. Thats what I said to my boyfriend and he seemed to be fine with it.

Lo and Behold! The Final Product!



I think this is the first project Ive ever done where blood, sweat, and tears were all actually and not just figuratively shed.

Butt shot before, for reference:

Butt shot after:


And one with the Boy. I told him to model.


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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012 07:09:21 AM »

That looks professionally done.  Great job!

Is BF sulking b/c he thought that was the *model* thing to do?  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012 07:27:23 AM »

This is a fabulous redo!  I love that damask fabric.  Good choice, boyfriend.   And you did a fabulous job with it, Pennylane!
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012 07:33:33 AM »

I love the before because the hippie gypsy in me would die for that couch. LOL  I have comment on the gusto you have to remove all of it and reupholster it. I have an old chair I need to do and to be honest, I am still trying to work up the courage to do it. LOl

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012 07:50:45 AM »

Wow, that's the most amazing couch ever! It looks so professional! Now I want to rehupholster couches too :p
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012 08:05:56 AM »

GREAT job! I admit, you jumped in like a trooper! I have an ottoman i'm redoing, and haven't yet managed to get past stripping the fabric. Your couch is beautiful.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012 08:16:58 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2012 09:18:37 AM »

Great job!!!  I bet it's going to look great in YOUR NEW HOME!!!!!!!!   congrats on both fronts!!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2012 09:51:05 AM »

That looks so retro awesome - great job!  I love the lines of the couch.  Could you show a close up of the fabric?
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2012 10:40:14 AM »

I love the fabric - he did an amazing job picking it out!! Great job reupholstering that couch =)
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2012 11:04:58 AM »

Couch looks awesome!  And your boyfriend looks like one of the guys from Smosh. o.o
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2012 01:09:53 PM »

That looks so retro awesome - great job!  I love the lines of the couch.  Could you show a close up of the fabric?
Sure! This is it straight off of Joann's website:

http://www.joann.com/keepsake-calico-fabric-aqua-damask/xprd1067404/
Its probably not the fabric normal humans would reupholster with, but it was cheap and the cutest option there.


Couch looks awesome!  And your boyfriend looks like one of the guys from Smosh. o.o
Thats because he is! Lol! Good eye! I didnt think anyone here would notice.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2012 03:26:56 PM »

That is really amazing, I cannot believe that is your first upholstery project. My first was definately NOT so pretty Sad and was no where near as complicated a project as your couch.

Did you have any training, or a decent reference book to work from or did you just figure it all out as you went along?
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2012 06:11:13 PM »

That is really amazing, I cannot believe that is your first upholstery project. My first was definately NOT so pretty Sad and was no where near as complicated a project as your couch.

Did you have any training, or a decent reference book to work from or did you just figure it all out as you went along?
Thanks! I really appreciate that! I had no training or reference anything. Just a basic obsession with furniture. I just kinda took everything apart and then put it back the way I think it went before. I didnt even properly cut the fabric. Im amazed it even resembles a couch.

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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2012 06:15:11 AM »

Your couch looks fantastic! I *love* that fabric and the finished result looks super professional ^_^ Your boyfriend is a very good model as well! Congratulations on your new home!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2012 08:41:20 AM »

OMG you did an amazing job on that couch, especially for a first timer. I've done a little upholstery over the years, but I would never tackle anything that big and complicated.  And I lovvve the fabric your man chose, it suits the style of the couch so well, but modernizes at the same time.
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2012 09:56:44 AM »

Holy heck! That's amazing! I am thoroughly impressed/a bit jealous.
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2012 02:14:08 PM »

WOW! Love it!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2012 07:27:31 AM »

I LOVE the shape of the sofa and the claw feet!!! Great fabric choice, too!
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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2012 07:55:15 AM »

This is gorgeous!  You did a great job.  I like the original couch, too, but the new one far outshines it!

When you say a turkey carver, do you mean an electric knife?  I have a disgusting old chair I want to upholster (I have been saying it for five years, but it's coming, really), and I also threw out the cushion, but because it was totally disintegrated and stinky.
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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2012 03:52:16 PM »

Yeah, electric knife! I cant imagine how impossible it wouldve been trying to cut the foam without it.
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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2012 04:07:37 PM »

Whoa!  Totally amazing!  Looks fantastic!

Also:  tell your model to "smize" a little more. Wink

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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2012 07:12:57 AM »

That's so amazing.  I saw a beautiful couch on my sidewalk last week and, though it was missing cushions, wished I could have made it into something like this.  One day.  I have no experience though.  Do you have any tips on how to get started to even learn how to do things like this?
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2012 04:58:09 PM »

That's so amazing.  I saw a beautiful couch on my sidewalk last week and, though it was missing cushions, wished I could have made it into something like this.  One day.  I have no experience though.  Do you have any tips on how to get started to even learn how to do things like this?
Honestly,  you dont need experience, especially if youre working on something that was free! Just go with your gut and keep working til youre happy with it. Rip it apart and put it back together the way you remember. It doesnt have to be perfect to the way it was before, it just has to be perfect to you.

This couch is definitely far from perfect, and Im sure my next one will be leagues better, but because I just plunged into it headfirst, Im proud of how it came out. Dont be afraid to take on something that might seem daunting like a beautiful street find because the worst thing that can happen is you cut the fabric wrong and end up wasting a yard or something. Itll still end up costing a bazillion times cheaper than a brand new couch from Pottery Barn and itll have so much more character and meaning.

Also, keep in mind that this couch is entirely NO SEW. You dont need any sewing skills or prerequisites to make a couch you love.

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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2012 06:06:48 PM »

You did a wonderful job!  This totally rocks!  And I won't even mention to the boyfriend that damask is just a stylized floral.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2012 06:41:52 AM »

I can't believe you cheated on the cushion after all that ball busting, HAHHAA! This couch looks like a labour of love to me. It looks amazing!!!! "The boyfriend" has a good eye for fabric, I do say! You did a fantastic job of the project and I enjoyed the backstory VERY much!!!
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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2012 08:34:37 AM »

awesome job! I'm trying to pluck up the courage to re-foam and re-cover some 1960s swedish armchairs I have....
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2012 03:38:07 AM »

Awesomely done! Any "learning points" you got from this for your next project?
How much fabric did you end up using?
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« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2012 06:49:53 PM »

Impressive work. Well done!
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2012 11:20:48 AM »

Awesomely done! Any "learning points" you got from this for your next project?
How much fabric did you end up using?
I want to say it was about 13ish yards. I bought 16 but probably had about 3 left over. Keep in mind, its a pretty petite sofa, so I'd go with 16 for a normal sized sofa (and because more is infinitely better than less when it comes to fabric for reupholstering).

One thing I learned is to remove the staples somewhere other than your bedroom. I still have thousands of them embedded in the carpet that Im too lazy to vacuum.
Oh and check while youre IN the store if you have the correct staples for your staplegun so you dont accidentally buy the wrong kind and spend an hour trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with your staplegun. I swear I thought I was going to break my hand on that thing.

And if youre going to cut foam, spend the 13 bucks on a electric knife if you dont have one. As frustrated as I was trying to form a rectangle into a cushion shape, I cant even BEGIN to imagine what it wouldve been like had we not made the trip to walmart to get the knife. (protip: Target doesnt have electric knives in store during non-thanksgiving season, apparently. Really annoying. Walmart will have one, but if your Walmart is anything like mine, there will only be ONE model and ONE actual knife available, and itll be tucked away on its side, hidden amongst the blenders. Its not next to the knives like youd logically think it would be. No one wants you to have this knife. They want you to suffer.)

I'm probably going to "finish" the cushion at some point in the future. Not soon, but at some point. I'll make a removable cover and a more cushy cushion with batting and stuff, but surrently Im working on about five thousand more home projects and the faux cushion is just fine for right now.
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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2012 07:29:36 AM »

Couple of other hints: There are often charts with estimates of the amount of fabric you need for various types of furniture at the fabric store and also online.  Also, the store may cut your foam for you and they will likely have an electric knife with a guide so it will cut square to the sitting surface; there may be a charge, but not always.
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« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2012 07:03:26 AM »

This really is beautful and you've done an amazing job, well done  Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2012 07:32:34 AM »

How fantastic! You did a really good job!
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« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2012 01:28:58 PM »

What about sewing a slip cover thing instead of safety pin?

Long rectangle with Velcro to close it. Then when it's dirty you can wash it.
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« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2012 08:39:21 PM »

That is a beautiful color! And the couch has some pretty nice legs.

I find it kinda funny how your boy looks all sulky in his modeling pic, but he's so goofy in the Smosh videos.  Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2013 07:23:45 PM »

We laughed along the way and applaude your outcome!!!!  GREAT JOB!!!  DD- WHERE DID SHE LEARN TO DO THAT!!!  I NEED TO DO THAT!!!!  WHERE'S MY STAPLE GUN!!!  PUT ON A POT OF COFFEE ............  *pulls out the chainsaw*
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