how to make a DIY upholstery…
This is a DIY upholstery project that I really love. It was one of our very first.
“hot & settee”
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OK, maybe not so “hot“, but definitely a “settee”.
More like cold. Cold and blue. “Blue” because, well he’s blue, and also as in “someone help a fella out, I’m down in the dumps (literally)” blue.
To me, there’s no better feeling than helping something injured or downtrodden. I’m a physical therapist. And while I have not touched a patient since around the time Sweet Cheeks was born three years ago, that training & mindset stick with you. Rehab is something that’s in your blood.
During my hiatus from human patients, I’ve turned my attention to a lot of thrift store, Craigslist, road-side & auction patients. And you know what?
Although I don’t get the pleasure of seeing these patients walk again, I still get that feeling of accomplishment and happiness when I’ve helped these patients stand proud again…on their legs, or casters, what-have-you.
Back to Blue’s rehab. Before I removed ANY of the upholstery, I got out a Sharpie and labeled EVERYTHING. I wanted to make sure I knew how to put Humpty Dumpty together again.
We uncovered many layers of previous upholstery as we went.
After Blue was all stripped, we cleaned and then painted the exposed frame with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Then it was time to re-upholster with the new fabric. I chose burlap for this project for a couple of reasons:
1. burlap is inexpensive
2. burlap is durable
3. burlap is neutral
We cut out pieces to match the removed upholstery that we saved to use as templates. Piece by piece, the settee came back together, and then the new cording and nailhead trim was attached at the very end.
And here’s Blue today. Now he’s hot. Hot & settee.
One of the great things about using the burlap is that being so neutral, we change the look of this piece and space for every season using different bolster pillow covers and such…
And it looks great no matter what we throw on it.
And now that my DIY upholstery project is done, I’m gonna see if I can sneak in five minutes to sit on my little settee here in the quiet….school bus arrives in T-minus six minutes and counting…