Let me start this post by saying I am FAR from a professional upholsterer. However, I am learning so much about upholstery from tackling these projects myself and I enjoy the process. That being said, I wanted to share with you an update I did on a settee I found on a buy/sell site for a steal of a price.
One night while browsing a buy sell page online, I came across this settee that was listed for under $50. It was a bit of drive to pick it up but when it’s something you really want AND its a good deal you have to right?
Settee Upholstery Before
I loved the look but wasn’t a fan of the fabric. I am always on a tight budget when it comes to my decor. This was a bit larger of a project than I had ever done before but I like a challenge.
Settee Upholstery During
I started by removing all the staples making sure to keep the existing fabric for a template to use when cutting the new fabric. The back was tufted but I have never attempted tufted pieces and opted to just made the back smooth instead. Usually I would buy new foam and stuffing but since this project was for my use only and I was trying to do it on the cheap I actually just turned the foam around so it would have a smooth appearance and I could just use the existing.
There was also some piping on this piece. I have yet to learn that process so I knew on this piece I was just going to hot glue some trim on to cover the staples once the upholstery was finished.
My go to fabric is drop cloths purchased at the Home Depot. I wash them before use and they are so thick and durable and you can’t beat the price for that kind of fabric. Plus, it’s neutral and versatile.
On previous projects, I just used a hand stapler I had picked up at a local craft store but decided to purchase a pneumatic staple gun while at the store getting my drop cloth fabric and can I just say… TOTALLY worth the money. Your projects go so much faster, better precision and your hands don’t cramp up 2 minutes in! I already had the air tank so that saved me some money.
It took me some time to finish the upholstery but I split it up into a few days. After I finished the upholstery it was time for the trim. However, I decided the wood was just too dark for my taste so I decided to do a dry brush technique before applying the trim. It took me maybe 20 minutes and I was much happier with the look after.
Settee Upholstery After
I am so sorry I didn’t get pictures of the trim process but basically, I just went to the local craft store and picked out a trim wide enough to cover the staples and flat enough to be easy to work with. I used my hot glue gun to apply it working in small sections at a time.
And that’s it! I added a few seasonal throw pillows and can’t wait to move into the new house and use this in my living room! If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. Have you ever done any DIY upholstery?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!