Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sofa Makeover Madness.

On my daily prowl of design blogs, I just spotted this over at Alice Lane.  I'm thinking that something similar to the bottom of the sofa will add a nice touch.

I told you I was obsessed with mixing patterns.  Well maybe this is a bit too much.  But it looks fun doesn't it?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sofa Makeover, Final Reveal.

Three days and $65 later;  huge improvement.  Remember what the old sofa looked like?

I thought that the back looked pretty plain, so I decided to add some buttons and tufting like this Anthropologie sofa.

Making the buttons was pretty simple.

Sewing them on and tufting was OK.

That's the back
Keeping the buttons on was another matter!

The tufting kept breaking the buttons; really annoying.

But I persevered.  The sewing became easier and neater, and the cursing became less.  And voila, a new sofa.  It's a great jumping off point for the rest of the room.  I haven't decided on what cushions, if any, to  get for it.  I'm debating the DwellStudio chinoiserie pillow.

But I think I have too many birds around as it is.  We'll see.

Here's some more pictures of the sofa, styled with some pillows.

Some detailed pictures of the back and arms.

And finally, a picture of it in situ (in front of the fire).

I am feeling pretty trigger happy with the staple gun these days.  DI (Deseret Industries - goodwill) here I come!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sofa makeover: From Shabby to Chic............

I bought this sofa from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Studio line a few years ago.  I love the shape of it, but it's always looked rather bland.  It came slipcovered in an off-white denim.  To be quite frank it's definitely more shabby than chic.  The slipcover, although very handy to slip-off and clean, needed to be constantly tucked in in the back.

I remember seeing this sofa on a blog and loved the blue chevron material.  It's a fun and stylish take on a classic loveseat shape.

from Alorahandmade

from Furbish Studio
I'd bought the chevron fabric for another project months ago.  But after coming across these pictures again, thought it would look great on the loveseat.  I debated about whether to make a slipcover or upholster.  I've made slipcovers before, and although they are time consuming, they're relatively easy to make.  But the chevron patterns lends itself to something more crisp looking.  So with staple gun in hand I got to work.

Looks better already
I draped the fabric over the loveseat back and seat and began cutting.  Fortunately, I had just enough fabric.  Also, as luck would have it, the loveseat is exactly the width of the fabric (and when I mean exactly, there wasn't even a millimeter to spare!).

Next step, staple.

The pink fluffy thing below the bass drum is not a cat toy, but my hammer!  It was a gift!
Wow, over three-quarters of the way done in just over an hour.  Easy peasy.  Next step, arms.

Staple, staple, staple.  Don't forget to pull the fabric tight, tuck-in, and secure with spiral fabric pins.

Now it starts to get a bit tricky.  I decided to do some piping like the sofa above.  Not so difficult, but when you only pull your sewing machine out every couple of years you have to relearn how to use it everytime. 
And the fact that the machine has a gazillion stitch options that I will never ever use, it's frustrating to say the least.

Keep smiling.  Secure the piping to the arms with upholstery tacks.

Almost done?  Not  a chance.  Aren't the last bits always the hardest?  Cut-out and sew on the front arm piece. 

Three hours later, I'd finished this one arm.  And then I was done.  No not done with the sofa, just done.  Hopefully I'll have it finished tomorrow, and I'll post some pictures then.  See you then.