Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reupholstery vanquished.

For those who want the full story, see here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

This is Part 4, by far my favorite part. The couch is done.

The couch is done. All the staples have been pulled, all the fabric has been salvaged and pressed and traced and cut... and carefully, carefully stretched and wrapped and re-attached.

The costs:

Fabric, 9 1/2 yards linen, $30.
Staples, band-aids (for me, not the couch), thread, ~$5

I celebrated my victory with several protracted happy dances, half a bottle of wine, and repeated high-fives with my husband. I feel invincible. I walk with the svelte over-confidence (slightly inflated ego) of one who feels she could master anything.

If you've been reading this blog for any unreasonable amount of time, you know: this is what I do. I get The Project in my head, I get obsessed. I see a new skill to be learned, new insights to be gained, and... in a very Zen-like way, I want to fly at it Jackie Chan style, and take it down.

Here's the before picture:

Hee-YUH! (That's my best literary representation of a karate yell.)

Okay. Happy dance over. Back to my quilt.


Danielle and Clint said...

Holy cow! What a difference! Great job!! Can I hire you now?

Kristina said...

Ha, ha! I had a friend point out that her great-aunt used to do upholstery as a business, intimating maybe that's something I could do... and I promptly told her she was crazy. :)

Stephanie said...

I am so impressed. Really. Great job, and so quick!! Peace, Stephanie

Kristina said...

Quick? I don't think so, but I'm glad you like it!

Becky said...

AweSOME!!! I truly love your can-do attitude and your thriftiness! Well done.

Kristina said...

Thanks Becky! Calling it a "can-do attitude" sounds a little nicer than a "slightly inflated ego." I like it!

Huhnybee said...

It turned out amazing. It is a really beautiful fabric too. Fantastic work, my friend. You are a super-hero!

Amie said...

Congrats!! Are you going to put feet on it?? I always thought couches looked fancier with some feet (the 2 inch or so wood ones...not little slider nubs!)

Kristina said...

Amie-- yes! I forgot to screw the feet back into the bottom for the picture. Thanks for reminding me!

Stephanie said...

I'm Sorry, Kristina,I didn't mean to make it sound easy, I know you worked long and hard on this project, but you just began in January, and at my age, especially, a couple months seems very "quick!"
Peace, Stephanie

Kristina said...

Oh, by all means, that's okay. Things do seem to drag on when they're monopolizing your kitchen for any amount of time...:)

Kami said...

Beautiful. And so very like you!

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