Remember that little loveseat I found Black Friday shopping for $25?
I had been looking for a little piece to put in this tiny room for a few weeks now. I wanted to use the couch pictured here (which I got for $50!) but it was too big for the space. I was thrilled when I found this gem for $25. It was actually really cute before- the fabric was fun and the upholstery was well done. But I wanted something a little more sophisticated for this space. I'm aiming for white, gold, and silver in this room.
First I painted it. I used spray paint. I love spray paint- dries fast and covers well. I took it apart and sprayed one coat of primer and 2 coats of white.
The reupholstering. I had never reupholstered anything before so I really had no idea what I was doing. I did know how to use a staple gun so I figured it couldn't be that hard (although I did have to look up a youtube video about how to reload the gun...). If you don't have a staple gun- get one! They are so much fun.
Ignore my pink santa clause pajamas and frog socks...
When I took it apart I found a huge crack in the base that had been barely staying together. I didn't notice it when I bought it (oops...sometimes my excitement gets the best of me and I overlook things). Maybe that's why it was such a good deal. No problem! I glued it together with wood glue then nailed a thin rectangular board behind it so that it connected both sides for added strength. Then just a little wood filler and sandpaper! You can almost always repair anything wood.
I definitely didn't follow the rules with the reupholstering process. Typically, you sew the corners. But that sounded like a pain in the butt to me.
I just kinda tucked the fabric under each other and fiddled around with it until it looked good then went crazy with the staple gun. I would have been more precise and followed the rules if this was something I was making for someone else but since it's for my house, I experimented. I had enough extra fabric to start over like 5 times if it looked bad.
I was actually really happy with the way it turned out (the paint got a little chipped when I lugged it up the stairs in the middle of the night (as you can see in the photo)...needs a little touch up).
The corners were the hardest. I took a few pictures but I think they make it look confusing. If you would like more details, here's a tutorial that has great instructions on how to make nice corners:
I love the little loveseat. It's not perfect by any means but it's a start! Now I've got the reupholstering bug...can't wait to do another!
Project = $32
Remember that lamp? $4 (check out that find here)
Hannah & Tyler
We are a home renovation and real estate duo sharing the renovation of our mid century tri-level, along with flips and new builds. We created this blog as a resource for our readers, helping home owners, travelers and future friends to learn how to renovate efficiently, and affordably!