Reupholstered Antique Sofa

There have been a few chairs here and there  and here again.  But never a sofa.

This is my first attempt at anything of this size.  I had also never made a cushion cover either.  Learn as you go, that's my motto.

This little gem was found at a random estate sale I happen to be driving by on my way home from another estate sale.
After looking through the house and walking by this couch several times, contemplating the thought of
 re upholstering it myself.  I knew if I could accomplish the task, it would be the ultimate addition to my new library decor.

Finally after much debate within myself, I made the man an offer of $50, and he took it.


A couple of sliced fingers, worn knuckles and lots of hard work later,
here is the after.

The fabric is a soft blue/grey linen.  It was hard to finally decide on a fabric and I love this one!

I struggled with the idea of painting the wood frame.  But in the end my better half and I decided it would look better with the natural wood, than painting it white.

I'm glad I chose not to paint now, because there are a lot of other wood touches in the room and it really ties them all together.

Over the next few weeks, I will be looking for colorful fabric to add some more pillows.


Just a few more pictures to hang before the big library reveal!

 A little idea of what it looked like before.

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34 comments:

  1. Wow! You did an amazing job for your first time on a large piece. It's beautiful and I love the color of the fabric and that you didn't paint the wood. This gives me hopes on trying out a large piece like this someday!

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  2. Kathleen - Fabulous job of reupholstery! I am impressed. Can't wait to see your full room reveal. Patti

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  3. it is STUNNING!!!! i am also glad you didn't paint it- the contrast with the light fabric is perfect and classic. beautiful job!!!!

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  4. Love it, that will look perfect in your library..can't wait to see it all!

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  5. I saw a sofa very similar to yours at St. Vinnie's when I was in lower Michigan over Christmas break. I didn't have room in the truck to bring it home. I knew I'd regret it! Grrrrr. Love yours!
    Diane

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  6. Love, love, love it! Great job.

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  7. I love it! Not painting the frame is perfect!

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  8. AMAZING! it's perfect. can't wait to see the whole room. :)

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the new fabric. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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  10. That is a true labor of love Kathleen! A beautiful job! It really looks fantastic and I love the dark wood.

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  11. Wow, what a beauty! And so perfect for a library!

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  13. Wow! You did a great job, it looks beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished room. :)

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  14. It looks awesome!!! That's a fantastic couch and you really transformed it! I What a great find.!

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  15. Wow! What a beautiful transformation! The colour looks so calm and soft, just lovely.

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  16. Wow absolutely gorgeous. I think you made the right choice leaving the wood frame it's stunning.

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  17. It looks so great! You did a fabulous job!

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  18. Wow - what a steal! I love the lines on the couch. Nice job recovering it.

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  19. I LOVE THAT SOFA!!! Beautiful job!

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  20. absolutely lovely!

    hope you'll stop over soon--we'd love to have you.

    michele

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  21. What a beautiful sofa, I love the lines of it. A great transformation!

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  22. Love how this turned out!! Beautiful : o )

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  23. That thing is glorious! :) Not bad for a re-do because that antique sofa sure looks good as new.

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  24. This is beautiful! I love that you left the original color.

    I need to do a chair and I want to do the double welting on the edges. Can you explain more about how you make and attach double welting? If you don't want to explain here I would love to talk about it in an email if you are willing. brandy (at) theprudenthomemaker (dot) com

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  25. Just happened upon your lovely blog. What a fabulous job you did~You can't possibly beat the price either.

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  26. Wow. I want a project like that. You did a great job.

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  27. Love the sofa! Can you share where you found the fabric? Thanks

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  28. Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project. Your new couch looks great and I am so happy you did not paint it white :)

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  29. That thing is glorious! :) Not bad for a re-do because that antique sofa sure looks good as new.

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  30. Nice trasformition.You did an amazing job.i wana see the whole room.Top quality furniture company

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