Sunday, April 15

Antique settee makeover

My antique settee, refurbished!

While Pinteresting one day I found the following antique settee and fell in love. Notice the french ticking fabric used for the seating - this is absolute bliss to me!

I recently renovated my kitchen but afterwards I felt like the dining area was lacking a feeling of comfort.  Avoiding an expensive built in that can't be easily moved I decided a small sofa or settee would be really cute in that space and achieve the comfort and coziness I was going for. 

After browsing Kijiji I found this beauty.

The transport home.  Who says you need a truck...

It sure takes some imagination to see the end result.  This settee had back cushions that hid the caning and upholstered in a hideous pink material.  The light colored caning made it appear piecey with the wood trim in between the three cane sections.

I started by removing the old fabric, taking the bottom seat off and staining the caning.  I used a water based dark walnut stain that I had left over in the basement from another project.

Ah, much better...

Next I used unbleached cotton to reupholster the foam and attached a new backing underneath the seat to protect it.  Here you can see the settee bottom laying on the table getting the new cotton top and backing underneath.

To reattach the seat was easy, there were screws holding it in place originally.  I had to tuck the cotton fabric around the front piece of the seat cushion and staple it to the wood as you can see below.  For seat cushions I purchased new 4" thick firm foam and covered it with a soft white knit blanket I already had.  I couldn't find a french linen ticking fabric locally so I'll wait until my next trip to Toronto to source it.

Tools needed:

Staple gun
Screw Driver
Pliers (to rip off old fabric and pull out staples)

Project costs:

Used settee on Kijiji - $80
Unbleached cotton to reupholster foam - 2.5 metres - $12
Backing - 2.5 meters - $4
2 Pieces of 4" thick firm foam seating - $55
The pillows, and white knit blanket on the foam seating were sourced from my home.

There you have it, another DIY makeover gives a new life to a beautiful piece of furniture!


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