Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vintage Sofa Makeover, take Two


If you have been around awhile this little sofa might look familiar, but kind of a little different.  Just over a year ago I did a whole blog series about reupholstering this sofa's twin.  A twin with no arms.  If you missed it here's the story.  I stumbled upon a garage sale.  It was way back in the woods, down a gravel road.  I was kinda getting scared.  When I finally found it there sat a three piece sectional.  Vintage, button tufted and free.  I remember the guy told me it used to be his mothers and his teenage kids had ruined it.  He would happily give it to someone who would give it new life.  Well Sir, you found her.



Here's a before photo.  I had already started tearing things apart and had ditched the cushion by this point but you get the idea.    There were two side sections, each with one arm and a curved center piece that made up the sectional.  Having never tackled anything remotely this big or complicated before I decided to just makeover the side pieces one at a time and not redo the sectional as a whole.  That left the issue of the arms.  I knew I couldn't carve myself new fancy arms to match so I took the arm off of the first one and saved it to add to the second. 


The second completed sofa with her new arm.  (and an extremely bright pillow)  I've learned a lot in a year, the tufting turned out so much better.   I used velvet again but this time a darker gray.  


This sofa was more complicated because of the arms.  A lot more complicated.  Halfway through I lost steam and it sat for months in my studio.  Finally one day I woke up ready to tackle it and I didn't stop til I was done.  Funny how that works.



I finished the back differently on this one, the way it was originally done instead of the easier way.      
  

This cushion turned out so much better thanks to my new sewing machine.  In case you missed that post I now have an industrial sewing machine the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1.  I've been getting more and more comfortable with it and it handled this velvet beautifully. If you want to know more about it click here

I am so happy to have this project done, they both turned out to be such cute little sofas.  Love seats actually.  Anyways I'm sure that guy from the garage sale would be happy.  Well, let's face it he was happy the moment I hauled it away ;)   







Sailrite is a sponsor of Blue Roof Cabin but all opinions are my own.
  
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24 comments:

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It's gorgeous! Your tufting looks perfect, and you'd never know both of those arms didn't belong there. Way to go!

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Gorgeous Mimi!

Julie @ Being Home said...

Love it! What a gorgeous looking sofa! Mimi, you do excellent work. :)

sara whalen said...

You did an amazing job! I would love to have run across those 2!

Siggie said...

Wow, great job!

Maureen said...

It looks absolutely fabulous (they both do)! Great, great job!

Faye Libler said...

They both look fabulous, and very professional! I too have a small sofa (used to be a big sofa) that I have stalled on, you have given me inspiration to get back at it. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Faye Libler (MacGIRLver)

Kim said...

WOWZERS!!!! Great job. I commented when you finished the first one and thought you did an amazing job then. The gray one is just yummy. I would love to have both of them, but alas, I am no where near you and I have no room in my already crowded house! ;-)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Just came across your blog and really love what you do. You definitely have a new reader now. This sofa looks gorgeous!

Jill B said...

You are amazing!!!! That sofa is stunning. Great job.

Jen Hakes said...

Unbelievable! So talented!

Becky said...

Ooh! They are both so lovely! I took two upholstery classes in college, but always have been too afraid to attempt tufting. So nicely done & I love how the armless one seems modern and antique at the same time.

Runspud said...

Gorgeous makeovers-I aspire to tackle something this complicated AND have it turn out as beautiful as yours. Thanks for sharing

Runspud said...

Gorgeous makeovers-I aspire to tackle something this complicated AND have it turn out as beautiful as yours. Thanks for sharing

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Wow, you need to stand up and take a bow! Having taken upholstery classes, I know how hard it is, especially tufting. Well done!

Sebastian Chuter said...

This one looks great! I never had seen such of this transformation before! Feels like some of the old chairs and the couch in my cabin will turn out to be like this. Classy!

Sebastian of
Factory Direct Gazebo

Gail Wilson said...

amazing! I am so envious of your patience (even IF you did take a much needed break) and your skills!

gail

Full Circle Creations said...

Oh my goodness. This turned out amazing! I am so impressed!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You are so very talented and I always love your transformations. I wish you lived close to me I 'd hire you.

Suzan Sweatman said...

OMG - these are so amazing - out of this world !!!
With and without the arms - can't even figure out which one I like best - so I'll take both, thanks very much :)
xoxo

Cindy said...

I found you on Pinterest, and i think this is just so awesome! They're both wonderful!

Cindy

Wild Oak Designs said...

Absolutely truly amazing! You did such and awesome job.....You have quite a touch!
Nancy

Good Time Charlie said...

Visiting from In my Own Style, this is gorgeous, and I can't believe you took the arm off the one to make an frankencouch!! Both of them look amazing.

Jayne Evans said...

It looks great! I love to find finds like that. I got a chair for $1 at a yard sale. I want to reupholster it, but have been nervous to. Guess I just need to take the plunge. Hope mine turns out as well as yours.

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