Thursday, 18 October 2012

Little Miss Upholster "Possibly"

So at the weekend I blogged about this Louis style 3 seat sofa.
The colour is very Red but I am not liking its Royal Tandoori feel.
It has been delivered already and it is huge not only has it taken up the whole of the front room but where can I hide this when we have expected house viewings "Sigh" I do go from one extreme to another.
So after endless amounts of research and a good amount of reasonable quotes we are looking at £450 to upholster the 3 seater and single chair. I was speechless, I know it will be a big project and a good upholster will do wonders but seriously £450. I have spent endless amount on hours on YouTube, Google sites and even considered "Fabric Paint" but unfortunately they only stock these in dark colours and I was at one point thinking black and gold but this can look sometimes cheap. I am not afraid at experimenting and this will be a learning curve for me. I have opted for soft Burlap fabric as this is durable and cost affective. And with this fabric I can still go ahead and use Annie Sloan's Chalk paint for the detailed woodwork. If I do not try and attempt to re upholster this myself I will never know what I am capable of doing and hopefully pass some tips onto my readers. 

This chair has inspired me and I will attempt this French country look.

 On the back of each chair I am intending on using this fabric stencil to achieve a French feel and give the chairs a little edge.

I apologise for the poor quality of these photo's my Iphone has let me down. Once it had arrived I immediately attacked the chairs with the hoover along with a good steam clean. I have never used a steam cleaner before and doubt I ever will after the amount of steam that filled up my windows the neighbours across the road must of thought we had a hot tub delivered.    

 This is the best picture I could get of this single arm chair wedged into the front porch.

How do you keep a toddler away from furniture which takes up half of the house? the answer is impossible.
And by the way this is Daddy's idea of matching Pj's its fashionable apparently.

I hope to start this new project next weekend I am so excited. What do you all think? believe it or not I am more excited about painting with Annie Sloan again, boy have I missed my paint brush. 



  1. Hi just found your lovely blog, that looks like a big project to take on. Good luck.

    1. Hello Thank you for stopping by! yes I do have a big project on my hands eeek. Tracy

  2. Oh my gosh what a super find, can't wait to see the finished piece, bet it'll be super!

  3. I can't wait to see how it turns out! It doesn't go with your style (or mine) but the red is pretty. Don't feel bad about the PJ's--my kids are teens and they still don't wear matching pieces to their PJ's!

  4. That seems to be a big project - you must keep us updated with how it goes. I'm sure that by the end you will have learnt a new skill and that it will all be worth it.

  5. I finished a large sofa like this a few months back. I had never done it before. I promise you can do this!

  6. That's a fab sofa Tracy. have you thought about finding an upholstery class to learn how to do it. You could take your chair to do and work on the sofa at home. I did upholstery for 10 years and to do it properly and traditionally is a great thing to do. All the furniture in my house has been 'done' by me!

    I love the idea of painting the frame and using hessian - make sure it is not too scratchy though or you won't want to sit on it!!

  7. great blog:)and interesting post can't wait to see how it goes:) I follow you now Would you like to follow me back?
    Magda xx


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