Before I roll into a crazy long how to on the settee though, I have to show you some pics that will shock and amaze you at the fab stills Christie has with those heinous brass chandeliers you see all over (can you tell I hate brass?) On a previous shopping trip we took to the Habitat ReStore, she picked up several of these brass chandeliers for like $20 each with an idea to make them pretty for the kitchen and dining room. So, here is what they both looked like before:
For the Dining Room:
|Hello fabulous! Shades added for a bit more of that formal look in the dining room|
|This is before the beads have been added but even in this state, 1000% better!|
Now, onto the big project for this weekend. I am going to preface this by saying that neither of us had ever tackled a reupholster project. Basically, the only experience that I had was watching a bunch of YouTube videos of the whole process we needed to follow to get the best results.
I was positive. I was confident. I was scared that I might have bitten off more than I could handle but was not going to tell Christie that. I did not want to ruin the settee but the heinous look of it meant that anything would be better. So, what did it look like before?
|Yep, that's me getting my DIY on!|
|So very close to a naked settee!|
Now, while the destruction took a long time and was difficult, it frankly was the easiest part for someone who does not know what they are doing. After all, you are just ripping the fabric off the settee so anyone can do this. Putting the new material on is a different story. It is important to know the basics of the order you cover the different parts of the chair so you can hide as many seams as possible. Here is how I did it:
1. Tackle the seat first
2. Go after the arms
3. Complete the inside back
4. Close her out with covering the back of the Settee
Now, depending upon the type of furniture you are covering, it may be different but this is the general order for most items. We used a natural canvas drop cloth as our material and it is always best to pre-wash your this type of thing as it becomes a bit more flexible and easy to maneuver. Christie bought one drop cloth at the local hardware store.
Tools? What will you generally need to make this happen? A staple gun. DO NOT USE A MANUAL ONE!!! You will be crying before you get the seat covered. I used a compressor staple gun but you can use an electric one as well. What else do you need? Scissors - sharp ones, a glue gun, and a whole lot of patience!
So, step 1: Covering the seat
Cut a piece of material large enough to cover the entire seat and hang over so that you can pull the material through the back and sides as well as pull under the front of the settee:
|Here I have pulled the fabric through the back of the Settee and am tacking in place.|
|There was seriously so much batting on this settee in the weirdest places making it difficult to maneuver!|
|Check out that nice smooth seat!|
|There I am smoothing out the arm of the Settee!|
|Staples as stitches!|
|Voila! Stapled and covered. A bit wrinkly but this was my first time so give me a break!|
|Again, girl has some mad skills. She was way more patient working this trim around the weird shape of the arm than I would have been.|
We only bought 1 yard as it was a bit expensive and then you basically do the same old thing...drape the material on the back and then tuck and pull the material through the frame on the bottom and sides and staple like hell! And the finished back? Check it people:
|Is that amazingness or what!|
|Bask people! Bask in all her glory!|
|She totally fits right in with the painted wall and the great shabby metal back door!|
Total cost for this project? Well, Christie scored this settee for $125 on craigslist and the material (all of them) for this cost around $60-65. So for less than $200, you have a fab piece that is unique to you. Christie is rocking some pillows for it in the leftover materials and some fun trim. I am at home looking at my two chairs that are next on the upholstery list!