Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
There is the story behind it, involving a woman and a barn full of furniture.
I agreed to take on her antique couch.
Now Wood I know, refinishing I know. Recreating I know...but reupholstering???
Yup...plain ole crazy...certifiable.
I LOVE this. Love the lines, the age the style the...well you get the idea. I just fell in love with it and spoke before I thought. Does that ever happen to you?
Here she is. (this blog is picture heavy so be prepared)
A thing of beauty right?
Look at those legs! And still on it's original casters :) Happy happy happy :)
Notice how that material is sagging? Don't touch it, it crunches.
That should have been my first indication that something nasty was under it.
But do I pay attention to those indications?
I dragged it into my great room. Was not hauling it down stairs to my workshop..it was just to heavy! So brought out an old sheet and set to work.
I can not begin to count the number of nails I pulled out of this.
The original burlap, and it was in great condition.
I had every intention of saving the material in order to make a new pattern with it, but it was just to "yucky". And the smell..oy...what was I thinking??
I didn't have to rip off the material here since there was none..lol Not sure if you can see all the nails in there. To hold the buttons on :)
Yup...all of them had to go.
The back had to come off along with all those buttons. OH BOY what a job. And honestly I had to put on a mask. The smell was that bad.
Still loving the burlap :)
My clients Grandmother had reupholstered itback in 1955. I thought it was kind of cool to see how much she paid for that foam.
Finally down to the nuts and bolts of this thing!
I can not begin to count the layers of straw that made up the seating..yup that foam just covered a ton of it!
Did you notice the vacuum cleaner in the above picture? I used it a LOT!!!!
AND I filled FOUR garbage bags of crap!
One thing I did notice..all of it was hand carved. You just don't see that kind of quality anymore. And the nails holding this together are square..and hand made. I assume they were made by a blacksmith. Anyone have an idea on age? Please let me know. I would be ubber interested.
Now for the fun part...putting it back together again. I used a piece of burlap I picked up at a yard sale last year to keep some of the original feel for the couch...don't worry, it isn't what is going to hold this thing together.
There...looking better already :)
I went out and bought a staple gun (they were on sale at Canadian Tire this week) Happy me!
I then ordered foam from a foam place here. They are a pleasure to work with and you can get exactly what you want, they will cut it to suit whatever job you have. I would highly recommend them!
That's all I have for today. I'm waiting on the owner to get me the material to finish this project up. She plans on going shopping tomorrow. I will have my Blackberry handy so she can send me pics...and hopefully by the weekend I can cross this off my list.
Ohhh but the story isn't over. She also brought me another project. Hopefully I will get to that one next week :)
Happy Valentines day everyone. Hope you get to spend some time with the love of your life.
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