Sunday, September 9, 2012

Couch Re Upholstery Reveal

Okay today is my HUGE Couch Re Upholstery Reveal.  I have been working on this project for months.  I stopped working on it several times, because I was traveling.  Then the last time was because I messed up the fabric on the back of the couch and had to piece more fabric together and actually draw a pattern.  The back of the couch is a camel back and I definitely need a pattern to make sure the curve was right.  So I finally took time off of blogging to finish the couch.  It has been sitting on sawhorses in my living room for 4 months. What a relief.  I still need to put the stripped fabric on the arms and the yellow trim around, but that will be done by Monday.  It is on the floor, and it looks beautiful.  I love it.  Wait till you see the before and after photos.  Amazing!!!

Okay, so are you ready?  Get Set!!.  Here it is.

Before  (this was already torn apart, it also had burgandy bullion around the bottom.)

midway through



Front with Cushion


Pictorial: The Process From Start to Finish

Piecing fabric together
Sewing fabric together.
You can see that I matched the fabric.
Sewing Cording

Couch Stripped Bare

 
Burlap over springs on deck

Padding over burlap


view of back

Padding on arms

Muslin over padding on deck and arms

view of back with muslin on arms

View of front with muslin on arms and deck

 
view of muslin over back (forgot to show padding underneath muslin 
on back and front of deck. )

view of back with muslin over padding at the top.

 
fabric over the muslin on the deck

fabric over deck and arms ( no cushion yet or fabric over front of arms)

Fabric over back ( I forgot to take a picture of the padding 
and muslin under the fabric.

I am so happy to have my couch done.  I hope that you like it.  I will be making pillows for it, and when they are done, I will post the pictures.

This post was a featured at  Have a Cup With Mrs. Olson

I would love to hear your comments.  I always love hearing from you.

Enjoy your Sunday!!!
Debi

67 comments:

  1. OMG Debi, I can't tell you how impressive this is - you did an amazing job!
    I'm in love with it!
    Now you can take a well deserved nap on it :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Suzan,
      Thanks so much. I was really hard, but I finished.
      Debi

      Delete
  2. you did great.. thats quite an undertaking and you should be very proud of yourself.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Sonny,
      I am proud of myself. it was really hard. I don't think I will do something like that again. But I do love it.
      Debi

      Delete
  3. Hi Debi! I was following you on Google+ and now I'm following with GFC. That is an amazing and mammoth project! I don't think a lot of women would have the guts to do it. Well done! I'm sure a lot of women will love to make your cushions once they're done.

    Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs
    http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com (I have a weekly Saturday blog hop on the go)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Tina,
      Thanks you so much for following me. I didn't think it would be as hard as it was. It was also hard to tackle a big job like that while I was trying to start a blog. Both are full time jobs.
      I will be over to follow you.
      Debi

      Delete
  4. That is crazy! It looks beautiful. I am very impressed.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh Debi, what a beautiful job. I love re-upholstery and have done 4 dining chair seats for someone. Do you know that it is next to impossible to find classes in upholstery. Training is mostly found through the few remaining individual shop owners who may be willing to share their craft.

    I was hoping that you'd done this work yourself. I was so glad that you were not sharing pics from the shop where it was being done for you, lol! It looks to be an expert job, and I'd like to read more posts about your upholstery adventures. I look forward to posting about it more too.

    Have a nice Sunday,
    Sandi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I learned from google and a book. There is a school here that does teach upholstering. It is called The Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Downtown Denver. It is a really good school. I have not taken their upholstery classes there, I have taken their clothing design classes. No, I can guarantee that I did the work myself. I think my husband was getting tired of the couch sitting on sawhorses.
      Thanks for visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  6. It looks beautiful!! What an undertaking, very good job!
    Debbie :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. It was quite the undertaking. I am not going to do my wingback chairs. I decided just to slipcover them.
      thanks you so much for visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  7. Oh my word, this is totally unreal. I have no idea how to upholster, and this looks sooooooo hard, but so professional. Wow, I am totally impressed. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Marty,
      I didn't either. I have done slipcovers, but never upholstering. It is totally different. There are so many staples to remove.
      Debi

      Delete
  8. OMG! I'm so glad you shared this! I've been wanting to do this to our couches, but didn't know how to go about it. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Christina,
      It is hard and a lot of work. You can find websites on google that will tell you how to do it, and I also bought a book called Professional Upholstering. I would also recommend getting a staple gun with an air compressor. I borrowed one from a friend. He told me that as wood gets older it gets harder, so my electric stable gun did not do the trick. The air compressor is the way to go. Let me know if you have questions.
      Debi

      Delete
  9. Hi! I am your newest follower! Your couch turned out so good:) I would love a follow back at http://lefthandedideas.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks you so much for following me. I will be over in a minute to follow back.
      Debi

      Delete
  10. You have some crazy good skills there - I don't think I could ever do that!
    XO,
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lisa,
      You can do it too. It is mostly stapling. I learned how from google and a book. It is just time consuming, and getting stables out of a couch are hard.
      Thanks so much for visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  11. Replies
    1. Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. I'm really happy with it.
      Debi

      Delete
  12. Wow, I wish I were half as talented! I am following you back. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for following me. I really appreciate the compliment.
      Debi

      Delete
  13. What an amazing job! I found your site through the sasse life sunday social. I am your newest follower. I hope you get an opportunity to stop by TheStuffofSuccess and say hello. Have a terrific week. Athena

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Athena,
      Thanks for following me. I am following you back. You have a great blog.
      Debi

      Delete
  14. Beautiful camel back sofa! Thanks for following.........I'm following back! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Replies
    1. Hi Amanda,
      I love the way it looks. I was really tired of the red velvet. I needed something light and pretty.
      Debi

      Delete
  16. Absolutely beautiful!! You did an amazing job, and the fabric is awesome. I love it. I am hosting my very first linky party, and would love to have you share this beauty.

    http://lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-bouquet-of-talent-sunday-linky-party.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kathy,
      thanks so much. I will be over today to link up with your party.
      Debi

      Delete
  17. Wow, what an amazing job you did! it came out so beautifully!!! Thanks for following me, am following back with pleasure.
    hugs
    jutta

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jutta,
      Thanks for following. I appreciate it.
      Debi

      Delete
  18. What an impressive job. I really like the combination of the fabrics, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jenni,
      Thank you so much. I really like them also.
      Debi

      Delete
  19. Debi,
    I agree with all the other comments that this is just amazing!! You are so talented and need to be applauded!!

    You deserve an A+ for this transformation!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Debbie. I really appreciate it.
      Debi

      Delete
  20. This is just unbelievable! I would be so intimidated with a reupholstery project, especially with all the curves! You have done a great job! I am now following you and so glad that you are following me too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kathie,
      I bit off more then I could chew, but I did finish. A little overwhelmed at times, but it's done. Thanks.
      Debi

      Delete
  21. A bench seat sofa. Something I've been looking for and have not been able to find one. It looks absolutely beautiful. I hope it is very comfortable. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Joani,
      It is comfortable. The bench seat would not be hard to make. You can buy the foam at Joann's to make one It comes in a 4 inch and you can have them cut it to size. Thanks for taking the time to visit me.
      Debi

      Delete
  22. That has to be one of the most amazing projects I've seen in a while! Well done! Know just how tiring re-upholstery can be: did it once and decided that once was enough! Mine was not nearly as complicated, either. Hope you enjoy many comfortable hours reclining on it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Isobel,
      Thanks so much. I will only do it once also, but I really like the outcome.
      Debi

      Delete
  23. This came out lovely!! I love the fabric for two reasons 1) love yellow and 2) my husband picked out that fabric for a purse I did (check out my blog).

    Stopping by from Fine Craft Guild linky party.

    Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/09/another-fur-baby-coat.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alisha,
      That is too funny. I love the way it came out. I am going to visit you post next. Can't wait to see your purse.
      Debi

      Delete
  24. Wow, that is an amazing change!


    I started my very first "Weekend Warmth" Linky party...and there are no rules. Please join in!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Bobi,
      Thanks for coming by. It is a huge change. I will be by your party in a minute.
      Debi

      Delete
  25. Love it... You make me want to rip the old tired fabric from the couch I'm sitting on and tackle a home re-upholstery job of my own! Found you via the TT&J linky!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I really like it. It was tough though.
      Debi

      Delete
  26. You did a great job. :) I'like the choice of fabric very much and appreciate you breaking the whole thing down step by step.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much. I really love it. I'm happy that you like the pictures.
      Debi

      Delete
  27. Debi, this is gorgeous! I would not even attempt to do something like this. Love, love the fabric and it looks so professional. Great job girl! Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Jann,
      Thanks so much for hosting and visiting. I really appreciate it. I love it.
      Debi

      Delete
  28. I admire your will to keep going and get the sofa finished it is just beautiful. I once pulled a chair apart and got so overwhelmed by the process I ended up giving it away. You are amazing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ahrisha,
      I can understand. I just wouldn't leave it because it was my living room couch. I wanted to though, but it was worth the work. I love it. Thanks for visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  29. Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic! Love the colors and the finish. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing and contributing to the link party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rose,
      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I love it. Thanks so much for hosting and visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  30. Hi Debi,
    just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring you on Share Your Cup later today.
    Hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks you so much Jann for featuring my couch. I really appreciate it and thanks for visiting.
      Debi

      Delete
  31. Beautiful job!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Nichi,
      I will be sure to be there. Thanks for visiting and hosting.
      Debi

      Delete
  32. I love your step by step reupholstery. I'd love to explore all the secrets of this craft. Beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much. I love how it came out. Thanks for visiting.
      debi

      Delete
  33. Oh my goodness! You are brave! It came out so nice too! The fabric is great and it looks like it had a great frame to begin with- well worth re-using! You didn't like the burgundy bullion!! LOL 5 star job!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a great frame. Thanks so much. I love the way it came out.
      Debi

      Delete
  34. Hope I can find a couch like this on couch stores online. I want one for my eastwood city parkview condo. :)

    ReplyDelete

We love all of your comments and read every one of them. We respond to all comments by email, so it makes us so sad when you are a no-reply comment blogger. Please check you settings, so that we can answer your comments.