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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Old Settee

So…this gorgeous piece of furniture…has been “gifted” to me. I am super excited to give her a make over. Now, don’t get me wrong…the original fabric is ‘lovely’… 058

However, it is simply not me. It is too busy. Is this a problem? NO!!! Not for me! I’ll just change her up!

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first I stripped her “naked”…

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Then I painted the wood in a black semi-gloss paint. 014

Once the paint dried, (which seemed to take FOREVER) I rubbed over it with a cabernet (red) stain. This gives the carving a bit of definition and softened the black down a touch. (and yes…this took forever to dry…no fun for miss impatient here)012

When it FINALLY dried…I glued a thick layer of batting to the existing foam. (glued my arm to the foam, and my scissors closed too-yep-that’s just the way I roll around here.028

Now the fun began…staples were flying, scissors cutting…and I must say…DULL scissors too…my sharp ones disappeared! But I persevered…and think I won!

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After I finally got the fabric in place, I opted not to put the tufting back on the back of the settee…Instead I decided to put this fringe on. I have seen pieces done with the bushy fringe and loved the look, so I thought I’d try it. I LOVE IT! I think it kind of makes it a touch less formal.

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I did have this lovely lady sitting in the sunroom, but now…she sits proudly in the living room of my house. I moved out the red painted one and just traded spots with them! I would not want the sun to fade my pretty new olive green fabric!

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The photos do not seem to show the true color of the fabric. It is almost a perfect match to the green in the rug in front.

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Now Gloria over at Happy to Be gave me a bit of a lesson on this piece. It is very low to the ground…and it is very old. She figured it was early 1900’s at least. The low to the ground feature was made to accommodate the ladies in their hoop skirts. (it made sitting a LOT easier) Thank you Gloria! {8-)

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I think it fits in perfectly with the antique stereo, trunk and sewing machine in here.

…she reminds me so much of Gloria over at Happy To Be….if you have not been over there for a visit yet…you really are missing out…she knows a LOT about antiques…and her home is to die for! I just adore Gloria, she’s my ‘mom’ ya know!

Well, that’s what I did last Friday afternoon and evening.

Think this should keep me covered till Fertilizer Friday??? hahaha!

Hope so…’cause I’ll be in the greenhouse!

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51 comments:

Andrea said...

WOW...awesome! I LOVE IT!!
Blessings,
andrea

Mary Ellen said...

Are you serious that it only took you a day to do this fabulous redo???
Man you are amazing Tootsie!! I have a similar couch though it doesn't have the woodwork at the top like yours. It is an orange and avocado green stripe and if I would have thought I could do the job in a day it would have been started a long time ago!!! I am in awe friend!!!

Sorry for not being around! Have been on the road for over 2 weeks- am hoping thing to slow down soon.

Got my little greenhouse thing up but with being away have not been able to get seed started- this week is the week hopefully!

bee blessed
mary

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just AWESOME Girl...I'm so proud of you...not the glueing your arm part but you did a GREAT job on this piece BRAVO!! to you to take this project on you really did an awesome job on it...love the fringe you used and it does match your rug...I'm impressed my friend...How did our boy do toady with Hockey did we win...Hugs and smiles to you..love ya girl Gl♥ria

CiNdEe said...

That is just beautiful! You are amazing!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Beautiful...You amaze me....Love it

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

And, it looks beautiful! You are so talented.

Darla said...

Looks like you wowed everyone again Tootsie...nice job here.

Janera said...

FABulous job! It's beautiful and fits perfectly in your lovely living room. Excellent!

mishebe said...

I LOVE IT and LOVE the big fringe the most!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Tootsie you are so talented! I love old furniture but would never be able to do what you did.

That fringe looks great!

Eileen

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Hi Tootsie. Oh, I didn't know Gloria was your mom! I've been visiting and chatting with her for awhile. She is so funny, and her antiques are amazing. I know you worked your tail off, because years ago I helped someone do some upholstering. That's hard work! It is beautiful! A gorgeous piece. I hope your arm is okay. I'll be joining Fertilizer Friday.

trash talk said...

I have got to figure out a way to ship you to Texas...you'd be one handy gal to have around. Is there anything you can't do or try? Fabulous job...just Fab U Lous!
Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulos sofa. I love it and your upholstery job is wonderful. You are so talented. This is just so pretty. What a great job. I really like the fringe too. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

onlymehere said...

Oh Tootsie, you've done an incredible job on this! It's beautiful. I think it looks right at home in the room especially with your other pieces. Oh, to have your talents my friend! I hope the sun is shining down upon you today! Cindy

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Tootsie. I love the new sofa and the redo you did for it. You are so good at this remake thing girl! It was a pretty sofa to start with and you made it even prettier. It love great in your living room.

Helen said...

Oh my goodness! This is spectacular. Good job YOU ~ even with scissors that weren't sharp. And of course Ms. Gloria is right about the hoop skirt thing. I love the way fashion influenced furniture then ......

Maureen said...

Another awesome job by Ms. Tootsie! The details on the wood are just gorgeous and you did a great job on the upholstery. And all of this with dull scissors? Will nothing stop you?

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wow, Tootsie! How many ways can you amaze me!!! LUV IT!

Betty said...

Glenda I love it! Do your talents ever end? I got my passport today for the cruise I am going on, I guess I could cross the border legally when I go to heist that settee! lol

momstheword said...

Oh that is so pretty! You're right, the color makes it look like its brown. How fun to make it "you!" Thanks for linking up today.

Nancy said...

Just absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

Wow girl...you sure can transform a sofa in no time at all...and do it well!

Just a gorgeous piece and I love how you finished the wood off...
Love dropping by and seeing your header...
I know the flowers are coming soon!

Worked outside all day today...it was a smashing 60! today! Who-Hoo!

xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hey Tootsie!
You are a pro in my book!!! It's lovely and you did a great job.
Warmly,
Deb :)

Erin said...

Great job, Tootsie. It is funny to think that it is green, though...it looks brown, brown, brown on my monitor. So, did you find it works well with your hoop skirts?

Love the Decor! said...

Your blog looks so cute and springy!!

Thanks for coming by and entering the giveaway and for your sweet comment. You made my day!!
Blessings my friend!!
Debbie

lvroftiques said...

Girl it's been wayyy to long since I've visited your blog! But I sure picked the perfect time to visit! Your settee is gawgeous!! I want the step by step. It looks like a pro did it! And I love the fringe! I've always loved that look too. And BTW that settee reminds me of Gloria too *winks* Great job! Vanna

Lesa said...

Beautiful!

Garden Lily said...

I'm impressed. I can't imagine tackling such a big project.

Chris said...

Good grief, girl is there nothing you can't do???? That is just beautiful. I wish I had a little of your knowledge and a whole bunch of your energy. Well, a bunch of your knowledge too.

Hugs,
Chris

Lori E said...

I prefer to think it was made low to the ground so my little short legs could finally reach the ground when sitting.
That is the type of furniture I need to find.
You really did a great job. I am just like you about waiting for things to dry so I can get on with it. I have messed up a few projects doing that.

Alberta said...

Your long list of talents never ceases to amaze me! WOW! The settee is gorgeous. How difficult was it to cover the arms where they meet the back? The fringe is a nice bit of whimsy!

bj said...

Well, Mizz Tootsie...I stand in awe of your amazing talent. I LOVE your beautiful settee...you did an outstanding job on recovering it. I sure with I could do that..2 chairs and an ottoman sure need it.
Wonderful job, lady!
xo bj

Bonnie said...

Another amazing job. Thanks for sharing this post. I really love this project!

Room to Inspire said...

I am in love! I just love the fabric you selected - it is so rich and warm. It is a keeper!

Chelsea

{ L } said...

What an awesome thing to get gifted to you!! And you took on this big project and did an incredible job with it. :D

Candy said...

I was thinking I liked the before...well that is until I saw the after. I LOVE THE NEW! You did an awesome job. Now pour some tea and sit and smile cause you did a great job.
WOO-HOO ;-)

cindy said...

Awesome! I think YOUR nickname should be "Busy"! I purchased 2 small wing back chairs from Craigslist....called to get them recovered....400 EACH! Trying to talk Rick into doing it....he's not into it....I just might have to try it myself....I dont have the patience though....but now after seeing this...maybe..just maybe I'll give it a try....

cindy said...

One more thing...have you noticed how we have so many similar things in our homes...take a look at my rug and my trunk....seriously! Its uncanny.

Justine said...

Holy SHIT, Glenda!!!!! That sofa is absolutely positively BEAUTIFUL now that you've gotten your hands on it!

Who GAVE that to you?

OMG, I want that thing!!!!

Justine :o )

Becca's Dirt said...

Great job Toots. LOve it.

DEB said...

Fabulous job Tootsie! I love it........Deb

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Beautiful sofa, Tootsie! You did an amazing job on it! The fabric is gorgeous and I love the color of the woodwork. LOL @ gluing your arm to the foam. Sounds like something I'd do.

Cheers!
Tina

Amy Hodges said...

Good Job. I've been wanting to reupholster for a while, but I'm too chicken.

CC said...

Your makeover is just gorgeous. You did a terrific job. Happy VTT..have a great weekend.

Self Sagacity said...

wow! I wished you could come over and finish my couches too! :-))

Coloradolady said...

Amazing redo...very nice...love it! Have a great VTT!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohhh my goodness...I am just standing in awe of you and your fabulous settee, Tootsie! I didn't know that you could do upholstering. Your settee turned out fabulous...I love everything you did! Love the black with the touches of red...so pretty! The fabric your chose is just gorgeous and I love, love, LOVE that trim!!! Girl, you did GOOD!!! It looks sooo beautiful in your living room...you have such a pretty home, my friend! I love your style! Thanks for showing us your new pretty! I love, love, LOVE IT!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jessica Hills said...

Oooh I love settees, especially old ones...Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I love your settee! I signed up as a follower and I follow your Mom and I just found you! Beautiful blog and wonderful gardens!!
Debbie

Debbie said...

Wow, terrific makeover. I wish I had that talent, I have seen so many pieces of furniture that would be great if redone.

Tara Beaulieu said...

Wow, what a great job you did! I have always wanted to try reupholstering but have been so intimidated. You impress me! Happy VTT!

ps- your gardens are LOVELY!