Sunday, November 28, 2010

Setting the stage for THE SETTEE

Whew! that's a tongue twister...

You remember my Mother's Day gift from my children right? 

 I finally broke down and bought some fabric to cover it!  I was waiting for the right price and  find something I could live with--I knew I couldn't afford to just go out and buy what ever my heart desires. I had to make some concessions. 

Last week we went to Big Daddy's Flea Market in 7-Points, TX and I found a booth that had rolls and rolls of remnant upholstery fabrics.  There was no way I could have went through them all.  The dealer (Marilyn)  told me that she and her hubby were going to be 
re-organizing all of it and that next week I'd be better able to see more of the fabric and make a selection.  Well, I'm glad I didn't persist last week...because after all that re-organizing she came down on the price!  
We went back this weekend...

O, HAPPY day! 

I wasn't able to find all the yardage in the same color---but I found some that worked really well together and am able to do a TWO-TONED effect.  Honey didn't initially want to do that, but when the lady's husband told us $5.00 a yard- well, who could pass that up, even if it  HAS to be TWO-TONED? 

(this one is actually the darker of the two) 

(this one is kind of a neutral beige color)

I'm excited too, because I got  really nice neutral fabrics- a chocolate and a beige.(although you can't tell it by these photos)   I'll be able to work them into just about any where I want to in my house!  

I was also able to buy 3 of these gunny sacks;

 but I'm using them for the insides of my couch redo to cover the springs. They were a $1.00 each. 
You know me- always trying to find a way to do the project as inexpensively as possible. 

I also bought a brown chocolate-y colored rug (6 X 9) to go in the entry way of my front room. Our floors just get so cold in the winter time. I didn't take a picture of the rug-- but it was only $5.00 . 

So the fabric and burlap cost $63.00 and the settee and chair are FREE!
I hope to keep a tally of what this will cost to re-upholster this ourselves. 

No, we've never done anything like this before. 

I've been doing lots and lots of research. I've found this blog (The Upholsterer's Journal) and she has a set almost exactly like mine you can read about it here and here.  I love the pictures with the close up details that Helen shows on her blog;  she also gives very good explicit instructions. Good enough that I can follow...well, I think I can follow.  We'll see!  

I'm going to try and follow her direction.  I'm so excited.  I hope we're able to hurry and get the rest of the materials needed for this project. 

I still need to purchase.  

  • Tacks (for hidden applications) 
  • Tack strip (for show) 
  • string (for tying the springs) 
  • cording 
  • foam cushions (I anticipate this being the most costly) 
**edited 01/03/11 --to say I've purchased the last two items. Cost about $83.00. Yay! still keeping cost down.

Stay tuned! 

God Bless you 
Thanks for reading! 


The Boston Lady said...

I've been wondering about what became of this set! You have quite a project ahead of you, but it will be well worth it. I recovered a chair with a friend and we just followed our instincts, or should I say her instincts and it went very well. Take a look at our adventure if you'd like:


We survived and are still friends! Good luck!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

yay! I'm happy for ya! I look forward to seeing how it all goes!

Kolein said...

Pat, can't wait to see it, and more importantly, read all about the process because you know it will be an adventure!!! LOL!

And for someone who wasn't "here" for a time, YOU are certainly BACK!!! I think you are posting something like, EVERYDAY!!!

Have a grand day!

Inspired by you said...

I can't wait to see how they turn out! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope my posts about reupholstering help out. I'll be checking back to see how it went!

nannykim said...

Oh,I would never try that!! WOW!! WHAT A JOB!!! As far as me moving---we are trying to downsize to a condo. We may close mid December on the Condo and move things over gradually. It will be really hard to downsize, but we like the idea of no yard work and no outside care (of course we will still have to do this on spindlecottage until it sells, which may be years, where we live!!!). I will probably keep my blog and just on the blog itself put something like NOT spindlecottage or some such thing! ha!

Ashley said...

Oh those will be so pretty. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!

B. said...

Gosh I love a flea market! You are very talented to tackle a big project like this!I wish I were so crafty.....

Prior said...

Wow!~ I've been waiting and waiting to see this! Can't wait to see it finished. Lezlee