Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vintage Sofa Project - Covering the Bottom

For this post about my Vintage Sofa Project I will show you how I handled the bottom half of my sofa.  To see the other posts in this series click here for the Intro and here for the tear down.
It actually didn’t take me as long as I thought.   I was able to find a fabric and pick up the supplies I needed locally. 

For the main fabric I decided on an upholstery grade velvet in a Dove Gray color.  I found it at Joanne Fabrics.  It was closeout and I was able to use a 50% off coupon so it was less than $5 a yard, score!  I love velvet sofas.

I have since realized velvet can be a little tricky.  I will show you what I mean in a bit.

For the bottom fabric that covers the springs I thought it would be fun to use a pattern.  The cushion will cover it but I think it will make a fun surprise whenever someone looks under the cushion.  It was a remnant I picked up for a couple bucks so it was worth it.

Here's what I did. 

First thing I needed to do was remove the edge pieces. I had just replaced one of them so I unscrewed it and removed the other pieces with a pry bar. 

Then add foam.  I did not need to use this thick of foam but I had it in my stash.

Staple the seat fabric to the frame.

Then staple a piece of the main fabric to the bottom of the edge pieces so that when you flip them over it gives a nice clean look. 

Re-attach the edge pieces with screws.

Flip the fabric over and add some cotton batting.  While pulling the fabric tight staple it to the bottom of the sofa.


To finish where the two pieces meet I wrapped one side around and stapled while stretching the fabric as best I could to avoid any overlapping or creases.  

I cut the other side at an angle and decided to use good old hot glue to attach it.  For a more professional look use a blind stitch to sew the pieces together. 

A great way to cut the excess fabric around the leg after stapling is to use a razor blade. Be careful they are sharp. It's a lot easier to get a close cut then with scissors. 

Before I put the bottom trim back on and add double cord welting I need to paint the legs.  I haven't decided on the color yet but I'm thinking Hi-Gloss White, for a Glam look. It's a better idea to paint the legs first but I wasn't sure yet what color I wanted.

I love how clean the bottom seat looks.  But... since you got this far I will tell you the ugly truth.  I had a mini melt down.  Like why on earth are you doing this and documenting it on your blog, your not an expert, kind of meltdown.  The reason stemmed from hot gluing the corners.  I had to remove some staples from the bottom after I glued to adjust and re-staple.  The issue that I spoke of earlier with velvet is that it stretches.  Good when you want it to but not so good when you redo things.  It gets a little stretched out looking like here.

Thus the meltdown.  I ended up pulling staples again and adding a little batting.  It helped but then I just needed to walk away for a bit.  I needed to remember the point of this project is to learn something new.  I am just sharing what I learn along the way and hopefully it might encourage someone else to give it a try.  If it doesn't look good when I'm done I will just have to keep it.  You know this sofa would look great at the end of our bed....   

Next up the joy of Button Tufting.  Here's a sneak peak.

Feel free to leave any helpful upholstery tips or relevant links in the comments.  A reader, her name is Mimi too, left a comment on my part two post for a really cool staple puller called the Barry if anyone's interested.  In my next post in this series I will share some resources that I have found extremely helpful.  Stay tuned and think good thoughts for me.  

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Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Can't wait to hear all of the inside tips. I'm totally in love with the tufting! I can't believe how awesome that is turning out. I don't think anyone will notice the slight stretch on the bottom....probably only you will :)

I have a friend who just moved to Jersey, and she went around collecting all of the curbside trash (they leave furniture out for the garbage man there). I was totally jealous she picked up a vintage tufted sofa in a perfect green velvet! Seriously! Can WA people start leaving out their furniture as trash...that would be cool!

Terry Moore said...

This is going to be great, but aren't you going to paint the wooden part (legs, etc) first?

Jaimee Hingerton said...

Wow! Looks great so far!

Full Circle Creations said...

I love that you are trying something new. It's scary but you're doing great. And even if there are a few mistakes...someone else just might not care either. I have a chair that is gross (it was my grandparents and it's not cool) and my dogs took it over and ruined it and you have inspired me to remaking it instead of ditching it. Thanks for the inspiration! The only advice I can give you is to not rush and whatever you do to one side, do the same to the other. I keep this in mind when I upholster items.


Anne said...

Wow! It looks so professional!!! I have those meltdowns all the time... you just walk away, get your head cleared and relax until you're back in the flow. I think everyone who creates has those moments.

You're doing a fabulous job. I'm so impressed!!!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

whoa! Looks like you are well on your way! I'm impressed too!


Vivek Sharma said...

Vinatge sofa project is shown on the post here. Read all about it

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angelasanborn said...

I am a professional upholsterer and was just reading your blog. This sofa came out beautiful. !! Your really did a very good job . It looks great. Whenever we start tearing done a piece we save all the old fabric we take off, don't throw anything away until your finished. This way if there is any question we can refer back to the old piece to use as a pattern if necessary. And after thirty five years doing furniture and boats I still have melt down moments, no two pieces are ever the same, so I am also very impressed ! Good job !

Jeanette Lockmiller said...

Love reading your process. I did my first chair this year, and I documented to the extreme. I also had to walk away because it can get so monotonous but I can see why you got frustrated. I had to undo an entire side of a chair also because I folded it and stapled it back incorrectly. Beautiful blog, I just discovered it today in a web search.


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