|This sofa was someone's pride and joy when they bought it in the 1970's.|
So we're out thrifting. We find this sofa. It's ugly, but its bones are strong. It's about 7 feet long and seemed a good fit for our smallish house. We paid thirty five bucks for it in early 2011 and dragged it home. Here's what it looked like shortly after we got it home.
A little research and we discovered that fabricguru.com will ship any amount of fabric for just under five bucks. Having never done upholstery before I decided we would opt for inexpensive fabric so as not to have lost a lot of money if things deteriorate and the stripped sofa frame goes out to the curb.
I ordered twenty four yards at five bucks a yard for a total of about one hundred and twenty five dollars for twenty four yards shipped. Not bad.
You experienced upholsterers are probably having a good laugh right about now. Twenty four yards? What were you going to reupholster? Your house? Yeah, okay I over did it by a few yards, but I didn't want to run out.
Right about here I should say I did not lift one finger to reupholster this sofa. I paid the invoices and left the creative to my wife, Wonder Woman. This is what I call her because I haven't found anything yet she can't do. When I say I did something that means me. When I say we that usually means Wonder Woman did it by herself.
So we started stripping off the old fabric. We only had this much advice - remove the back first, pull everything off without tearing it because you use the old pieces as patterns for the new fabric, and get a strong sewing machine. We did all of that. I'll tell you about our 1960 Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine, made in Anderson, South Carolina, another time.
|We pulled the back piece off first and discovered cardboard. Not a high end sofa.|
|Under the cardboard was wide webbing in good shape.|
|The springs were still okay, but those legs had to go.|
|Here it is completely stripped.|
|I found some tapered legs at a yard sale for two bucks.|
|Upon close examination you'll see Wonder Woman in the background.|
|Here is what it looked like when we finally got it on the floor.|
|On the floor with new legs (that need stain), and waiting for new cushions.|
|Here are the legs with stain. Now I'm not sure darker was better.|
New cushion covers were made, zippers were installed, and everything came together just right to give our ugly old flowered sofa a new ten year lease on life.
We'll be back later with . . . more stuff.