Thursday, January 7, 2010

The good, the bad, the ugly

The good: 9 5/8s yards of home decorator weight linen. Regular price: $49.95 / yd. My price: $3 / yd. Yee.
The bad: a shapely though very dog-worn sofabed gifted to us by Patrick's parents, the Airedale owners.

The ugly: Holes, holes, holes.

The plan: Re-upholstery. And behold, for I have never re-upholstered anything. This is my best attempt:

Oh, if only it was that easy.

I was seriously bouncing up and down at the cutting table when they put this fabric on the rollers and determined there was probably enough for a full-size couch. Lately I've been really into this palette: rust, turquoise, and lots of muted yellows and greens in between. And there are birds on it, too. See the birds?

Pete, for his own part, seems to like it. And we all know Pete's approval is important.

Stay tuned for an epic re-upholstery project sometime in the next... two months.


11 comments:

ladysaphira said...

Yikes! I've threatened to reupholster things, but I've never actually tried. Good luck, I can't wait to see how it goes!

Mrs. Danby said...

The couch looks like it is in otherwise great shape. I'm sure you will do a bang-up job of upholstering it. Also, you got Pete mid-meow. Those are some of my most favorite shots!

Mrs. Danby said...

Andplusalso, if you run out of the fabric on the base of the couch, you could always do matching fabrics for the cushions and pillows. Just my two cents worth.

Kristina said...

Good idea!

Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker said...

so pretty! great deal -- and good luck :)

katherine mary said...

my darling husband "reupholstered" our old couch once. if you'd like to talk to him about what not to do i'm sure he'd love to share. hahaha. it was a great attempt and the couch was a POS anyway. And that's how I got my big beautiful green monster! :)

Kristina said...

Awesome, I didn't know Nick had tackled a reupholstery job before. The man does everything.

Becky said...

I've had a marvelous sofa for 26 years. I will NOT give it up! everyone else loves it too. Many a friend has napped there.

I recovered it myself about 4 years ago. I made Tiki print (black background) fitted covers for the back cushions - not too bad since I do that for a living.

Covered the seat cushion (fitted) with a black love seat sized slip cover.

THEN I attacked the body of the sofa with a sofa sized black slip cover and a staple gun. If you flipped it upside down you would pee your pants laughing! But I started in the middle and worked my way out. On the arms I had to tuck and sew to secure it. No one could believe it!!

I know YOU will be able to do a great job. The fabric is gorgeous!

Kami said...

Good luck! This is a project that I've actually undertaken with some sucess! I think because my version involves no sewing and lots of uphulostry staples! However, with couch cushions...you probably need to sew, so I'm out on this one! Good luck!

Earth Girl Knits (Emily) said...

haha. pete looks a little frightened in that picture. good luck with the reupholstery.

Amanda said...

Pete is too funny! Looking forward to seeing the final result.

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