Monday, October 22, 2012

The Vintage Sofa Project

Let's start this out with a photo of some pretty vintage sofas.

Why? because the photos of my sofa are not so pretty. 

I know right.  It's a total tear down.  I found the vintage Stratford sofa at a garage sale this summer, it was free.  How could I not take it home with me.  It's a three piece sectional.  The two sides each have one arm and the middle is curved as you can see in the photo.

The good things about it are great legs, the curved button tufted back & it's super comfy.  The frame and springs are in great shape. The bad thing is my free sofa has to be taken down to the frame and springs and will need all new cushions, batting and fabric.  So much for free.  Oh and I've never recovered a sofa before.

I have however recovered a lot of chairs and even made a slipcover for my recliner so it's time to move to next level.

I decided in order to make it less intimidating I am going to separate it into three projects. An armless sofa, a sofa with two arms and a quirky curved sofa.  Which means I have to remove the arm from one and attach it to the other side of the other section so that one will have two arms.  Make sense?

The first up will be the armless sofa.  I plan to use a simple fabric with no pattern.   

I will be posting as I go and will share all the tips and tricks I learn on upholstering and button tufting. 

I am in no hurry so there will be plenty of posts in between with building projects. I just wanted to throw it out there. I said it now I have to do it, right?  Wish me luck.

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Anonymous said...

I SO love those sofas! I have one just like the first one, only mine has faded dusty rose fabric, with a worn spot right on the top, and woodwork that has a few scratches on it. I got one price of $550 to have it reupholstered and another price of $1500 for the same job, go figure! I would be SO tempted to do it myself, to save a few hundred bucks, but am extremely intimidated, and wouldn't know where to begin!

I got mine off Kijiji for $75. You got yours for free...guess you scored much better than I did (sniff! sniff)!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Oh, my goodness! I wish I had the nerve to undertake a project like that. Maybe after following along as you do it, I will feel inspired. Upholstery just seems so HARD!!! And I always think "this fabric cost so much, what if I ruin it??" Yep, you gotta do it, now, and I will watch closely, so I can do it,too!

Anne said...

very ambitious project! I love the bones of the couch, hope the reupholstering goes well xox

feel wunderbar said...

Wow, I can already imagine how beautifully this is going to turn out!
I don't think you'll need a lot of luck because you are such a talented person.
I enjoy my visit so much every time I swing by your blog!
Keep up the good work :)
Best wishes from Germany

Full Circle Creations said...

OMG! I love it! My grandma used to have the curved section of your sofa and I loved it. Wish I still had it. Good luck. It's a big project but I'm sure it will be so worth the work.


Katie @ Creatively Living said...

OMGosh! Good luck! lol
I recovered my (free) LR sofa about 5 yrs ago. My mom, sister (who is a professional seamstress) and I had a couch recovering party and a paid them in lattes. It turned out great, but it's super dirty, the kids have trashed it and it's time for another recovery house, I'm doing it all again!
Can't wait to see how it goes! I bet it will turn out AWESOME!

Jaimee Hingerton said...

Congrats on your great find! Can't wait to see the outcome!

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