Thursday, March 22, 2012

French Settee Upholstery Tutorial

I want to state right up front, that I am NOT an expert.  This is the first piece of upholstery that I have done other than the basic chair seat redo.

That being said...I promised a tutorial of how I painted and reupholstered my French Settee.

After Pic

When I bought this piece it looked like this.

First I carefully removed the braided gimp taking pictures along the way, so when I added new gimp, I would know how to glue it on.
It actually came off pretty easy, because it was just glued on.  I was thinking how easy this was going to be!

So I grabbed a few tools .....

Decided that it would be easiest to remove the fabric with a utility knife - to keep the pattern in tact, before removing the stables.  This was pretty easy too!  Just make sure you keep all of the original gimp and fabric so you have a pattern to work from.  And take LOTS of pictures along the way so you have something to refer back to.

Then I saw the bazillion staples....not just one row, but two or three.

  All. The. Way. Around. The Chair.

OK that was pretty ugly....for some is an inspiration piece I saw at a wonderful store in Greenville, SC called, Postcards From Paris

I tried using a screw driver, hammer and wrench to remove the staples, but that didn't work.  So I Googled and found a upholstery staple remover and ordered it.  Two weeks later it arrived.  Here it is on the left.  On the right is my favorite hammer.  It actually used to be my Dad's.  He was left handed and so am I.  When I hold it, I can actually feel where he held it for years.

The staple remover helped a lot.  It was still hard, but it did help.  After removing all of the staples, I discovered that the foam under the seat had disintegrated and had to be replaced.

After replacing the foam, I painted it French Linen which is a wonderful gray color.  After the gray dried, I dry brushed Old White sparingly on top.  The final color was a little bit of Rub and Buff in gold to highlight some of the features.
Come back in a few days, and I will show you how I upholstered it.
Welcome Home,


Bonnie said...

As I was reading, I was going to suggest a staple puller. So glad you found one. They do make all the difference. This is just beautiful. I love that you just put your mind to something and go for it. Can't wait to see your upholstery tutorial.

Valerie Snap-Peas said...

Not being a DIYer myself, I bought a settee, the fabric, and an upholstery gun for Hubby's compressor - and asked to use his shop. He groaned (as he always does) and did it for me - as I always know he will. I can't wait to see your finished product, I may not be handy - but I can admire like the best of them :-)

MelMel said...

You have made a stunning job of it!
Well done!xx

Blondie's Journal said...

Your hard work paid off, Penny. It is gorgeous! I'm looking forward to seeing more.


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

its beautiful Penney.
thanks for the detailed turorial and about the staple removal tool.

Gretchen said...

Wow, it sounds like a lot of work. I'm going to file this blog away in case I get the urge to try it myself. I know you love a challenge and the final product is perfect.


Vee said...

You really got into a bit of a mess, didn't you? It is so beautiful now that I think it was worth all the extra efforts. I love that you can feel where your dad held the hammer. Sigh.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Kudos to you! I have never trusted myself to take on something like this... Most likely it would frustrate me at some point and I would just throw in the towel and not complete the project. Just because I like things to be easy I suppose. But, I'll be back to see just how you did this. :-)

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

I love how you tell all the nitty gritty! It's helpful for future reference, in case I ever decide to tackle a project like this. I'm looking forward to, "the rest of the story". :) Jeanne

PS - The end result is beautiful!

Paige Thomas King said...

wow! looks like you've got an incredible project on your hands! speaking of "hands"--I love the reference to your dad's hammer. i have some tools which belonged to my father--i still get weepy when I use them!
i'll be watching to see what you do!

Paige Thomas King said...

PS so glad to see you use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, too!

Kathleen Grace said...

Whew, my heart would have sunk a little upon seeing those staples! I'm looking forward to the rest of the tutorial:>)

see you there! said...

You are so talented and I'm sure many of your commentors are too. However, this tutorial should be followed by the words "Do Not Try This At Home" for me, LOL!

Talk about daunting! You are amazing Penny.


olive + white said...

Wow, you are my hero! This was a great tutorial!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Penny all your hard work paid off because she is a beauty! I have all my dad's tools, and I know he's right there with us whenever we do a project.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Great Job Penny! It looks fabulous... I knew it would though. You have the patience it takes for tackling re-upholstery. Love your basic finish, you can add anything to it from country french to elegant formal accent pieces.

injoyinmylife said...

You did such a nice job - so professional! I have to give you kudos for this undertaking. I just don't have the guts to try something like this. You truly are talented! Can't wait for the next tutorial.

Melanie said...

Can't wait to see the rest of the tutorial! I have a chair that was purchased at a thrift shop, it is waiting for me to get the guts to jump in give it a try! Thanks fo posting!!!

Pamela said...

It was a lot of work but so worth it Penny! I love the story about yours dads hammer. Truly special!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Loved seeing this part of the process. I have a chair I have to do. but I pulled out everything, the coils were broken as was some of the webbing. Argh. Anyway it looks great naked frame, but I do plan to someday tackle it.