Saturday, August 7, 2010

~the little French loveseat~


I wanted to share with you a peek at what the little love seat
in Savannah's room looked like when I purchased it.
It wasn't horrible, but the upholstery was dingy and a dated crushed velvet.
I saw it's potential though with it's great curves and petite size.
I knew it would be great at the foot of her bed.
After I hauled her home I began getting quotes for either slip covering it or getting it re-upholstered.
{that is why you see the dimensions in this photo}
Slip covering it would have set me back about $350
and re-upholstering it would cost about $450.00.
Seeing as how it was only $25 to start with, that price wasn't horrible.
But it also was not in my budget for my daughters room.
So I attempted to tackle the job myself using $7 white curtains from
Ikea that I found at the Goodwill.
{thank goodness their curtains are so long!}

Normally this isn't something I would try and tackle on my own.
But because of the large savings I thought it was worth a try.
It actually wasn't too hard.
I realize it isn't as perfect as it would have been had I had a professional do it,
but it is just fine for it's purpose
and the money I saved was well worth it.
I cut and stapled, and stapled and cut.

And out of a pair of curtains I had enough to not only
cover the love seat, but cover the cushions as well,
fully piped and everything.


I covered the staples with white trim and fabric glue and painted the legs white.
I threw on some white down pillows and a velvet
chocolate brown pillow to tie in the wall color.

And there you have it.
A pretty little French love seat for around $35.
xoxo

p.s. Emalee, Savannah says hi, and please tell your mom thanks for reading my blog! You should email Savannah, she'd love it!

49 comments:

glimpse of my world said...

I love her room... so sweet .. you are a good Mom! Read your blog often and have borrowed many things from you and I thank you! Hugs!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You are so brave to tackle this. What a project, but it turned out just gorgeous. I love it and what a great piece for her room. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job on that! Love it. It is soooo expensive to slip cover or reupholster. One time I picked a little bolster bench up that had been upholstered in tangerine (NOT the pretty tangerine) material. I used white paint and painted that thing...right over the upholstery. It felt just like canvas and no one could believe it. My daughter still has it in the guest room at her house at the foot of the bed. lol What's the old saying...Necessity is the Mother of Invention. yeah..that! Diana

Annie Louise said...

My goodness, you get the project done and you still have the energy to blog us about how you covered the loveseat---you are truly impressive. Thanks for the info.--the loveseat looks marvelous.
Jeanette

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a beautiful job on a beautiful chair. What we moms won't do for our daughters. Love it.

Fondly,
Glenda

Kathy said...

Pretty sure that is the best price for a beautiful loveseat there EVER was or will be, your are incredible!

All That Jazz said...

You did such a lovely job on that love seat! It truly looks professional upholstered. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Reading about the transformation of Savannah's room has been so inspiring!! Can't wait to see what you're up to next.... ;)
p.s. Did you go to Great Findz? I really wanted to stop by but realized traffic would be awful with the bridge closure..... :(

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

I think you did an amazing job! Don't you love when you do it yourself and save all of that money?! That's my kind of project.
Kelly

willowsmom2009 said...

After reading a number of blogs from your area I have decided that your Goodwill stores should be renamed "Greatwill". One of the bloggers bought a chair for $1.29!!! Not finding those deals in Oklahoma..

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

You are brave to take on such a project but it came out so beautiful! Well done! I bet your daughter loves it! If you need a custom initial rug for her bedroom, let me know. www.creativecarpetdesign.com

Take Care
Darlene

Lindsayb-mo said...

Wow! I would never have been able to tackle such a job! It turned out very well. Super cute!!!

Sharon said...

I love the sofa. You are one talented lady. I wish I was that brave!!!

Mel said...

Just ten minutes ago ifinished reupholstering a Begere chair out of target curtains... I will post tomorrow... hee hee. Yours turned out amazing!

Linda Q said...

Great job Melaine, love it.
And I like Savannah's room, turned out really nice. We are loving our "chocolate" bedroom too.
Linda

raggygirlvintage said...

It turned out so wonderful Melaine, loved watching the room take shape this week!
Tracey

Jennifer said...

That looks great and I just love her new room!!!

~Jennifer

Jack and Georgie said...

You make it sound and look so simple! Truly inspiring! Going out to buy myself a new staple gun! Thank you Melanie xx

sharon said...

Hi, I didn't leave a comment yesterday because there were already SO many! Well done, what a beautiful job you have made of your daughter's room. She must have fallen asleep feeling like a little princess.
I love the shape of the little love seat, and you certainly managed to cover it well. You are a real inspiration. Martha Stewart should be getting worried!
Sharon
My French Country Home

Laura said...

Now that is chair I would like to find in my Goodwill. Job well done! Lx

awal.ny said...

I just want to say, you are amazing. I think you do a great job in all of your projects.

I wanted to let you know that I got inspired from your vintage framed chalk boards and I made some to take to my flea market. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. The loveseat is beautiful and I bet your daughter is in candy heaven.

Reinspire said...

Oh thanks for sharing how you covered that wonderful seat! You need to tell us how you made that ruffled bedskirt next!!
Lisa

from me to thee......... said...

wow, that is beautiful, you made it look easy.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh wow, that is just beautiful! Way to go, very impressive!

Have a great day!

Nancy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

You made it look easy! I don't think I could tackle it on my own but if I didn't have a lot to lose then maybe I would try it. Turned out great and looks lovely in her beautiful room!~Hugs, Patti

Simply LKJ said...

You did a fabulous job Melaine.

christina said...

Love this. I never thought to go right over the top...

tales from an oc cottage said...

That is simply fabulous! Awesome job!!

m ^..^

Amanda said...

I was wondering how you got the piping on the cushions? I am also assuming this is a 2 person job to get the fabric pulled super tight?

Heaven's Walk - said...

Melaine - what a beautiful transformation! Love it!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Jennifer Davenport said...

Love the savings by using used curtain panels!
www.jenniferdavenportdesigns.blogspot.com

Lili said...
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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Brilliant! That is better than a slipcover anyday.
You may want to start a little sideline...

Lindy said...

Good job on the loveseat. Love everything about the room. What a nice suprise!!!!

L.

Tamra said...

Bravo!! Well done it's lovely!

And the 35 dollar price tag ain't to shabby either!

Dream Mom said...

Amazing job. Looks fantastic! You should be so proud of yourself!

Allison said...

You did a beautiful job! It looks beautiful. I wouldn't know where to start on something like this. I admire you! It's darling.

基韬 said...

老天爺賦予了強者的能力,就是要他比弱者多擔待..................................................

Karen said...

I absolutely love your daughters room.
The dreamy bed is fabulous. When summer arrives here in Australia I think my bed needs that makeover. The whole project is inspiring.
Kind Regards
Karen

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow...this is stunning! I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there!

momentum said...

Love the loveseat. I never find anything like that at Goodwill!! By the way, the room is delicious!

I'm considering starting a blog. I love the idea of documenting my kids' growth and family events, but was wondering if you ever worry about all the crazies out there? Ya know they might see your blog and your family pictures and just show up or, something else?

I'm such a scaredy cat and worry about those things.

Should I be or am I being silly?

Farmgirl Paints said...

You are one talented lady. That turned out FABULOUS!!!

Linenqueen said...

Oh my God that is just gorgeous. I have always wanted to do that kind of covering and never had the nerve. You have greatly inspired me. And I agree with you about the investment of money when the original price is so low. Thanks so much. Ann

Linenqueen said...

Oh my God that is just gorgeous. I have always wanted to do that kind of covering and never had the nerve. You have greatly inspired me. And I agree with you about the investment of money when the original price is so low. Thanks so much. Ann

Desiree said...

i love it. is there a tutorial that you used? i bought a chair last week that i would like to reupholster but i don't know where to start. thanks!

trumatter said...

So beautiful and inspiring. Melaine, i must say that this is wonderful. I have recently started blogging and im much inspired by your blog!
Would love if you stumble upon my blog. its www.trumatter.wordpress.com
Also, could i please mention your web URL in my blog.

Roy

Aimee said...

The sofa is beautiful! It's amazing what you can do with a little effort and Goodwill! You did a great job! :)

~Aimee

HRH Sarah said...

I am in awe of your talent!!! I'm also jealous!

Mélanie A. said...

You did a fantastic job ! Beautiful

KarenB said...

Nice job! What a great purchase, style wise and cost. I'm impressed. Her room turned out fabulous. What a lucky girl. Has she had a sleepover in it yet?

Karen

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