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It was a really fun project, with, I think,

a fabulous outcome!

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https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/my-beautiful-bench-pt-3/Who knew working on one simple bench (a different project that also looks great!) could lead to something so unexpected!

From the very moment I saw that battered fainting sofa getting worked on at The Upholstery Place

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I could almost SEE my own finished piece before it was even retrieved from storage to work on!  ~A fait accompli !

I could actually see it ~

covered in linen, deep tufting!

The linen is a rich taupe color (none of my pictures are showing its beautiful color).

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I wanted a time-worn, painted finish, and I wanted it to sit on wooden wheels once again.

At 6ft long & 29″ wide

it’s almost a daybed–

and incredibly comfortable because I used the very best, high density foam!

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I wish you could actually SEE the quality of this upholstery job!  If you, too, have perfectionist-tendencies, this mother-daughter team is the one for you!

Jane & Katie

The Upholstery Place !

             Catherine

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How cool to find the original  furniture tag

still attached to the underside of the framework!

As best I can find on the internet, The Sheboygan Parlor Furniture Co. dates from around the 1860’s and actually sold a lot of their products through catalogs!

Once all the structural issues were addressed,

and I had chance to absorb how unexpected and fun this project would be, I decided all the missing ornamentation–was just one more layer of character!

I skipped a primer coat–just painting, so to let the wood’s natural characteristics show through, and add to the end finish.

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Of course the air was super humid when I was working on this project.  I think it was described as “the air you can wear!”

Everything needed extra drying time–which gave me extra time to think about how I ultimately wanted to use my new BENCH, and what furniture it would be paired with.  That bonus-time lead to a few adjustments.

I started to build on the finish using a variety of products and techniques.  When I wasn’t quite satisfied one way, I’d experiment with another until it

looked authentically old!   ; D

Catherine

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While I’m diverted away building a new Freddy & Petunia cabinet–thought I’d share a past project with you.

https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/First, how do I explain this crazy imagination that lets me LOOK PAST  what something is, to see instead–

what something could be!

With that said–my favorite ladies at The Upholstery Place were generously teaching me how to diamond tuft an old bench!   *Yeah–it taught me to LET THE PROS DO IT!  (the more tufts = the more muscle aches)

Anyway, here’s the story.

An old fainting sofa I spied in their shop kept distracting me.

I had one.  Well–the frame of one that I wasn’t giving any real thought about, but THIS ONE was suddenly -inexplicably- calling out to me!  It was rough.  It was tattered.  It needed a major intervention!

But what   I   saw was . . . . an interesting, looong, bench.  Covered in linen.  Deep diamond tufts!   l-o-v-e  tufting!

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I RAN back to pull mine from storage right away. . . . Put it up on saw horses~analyze what  I  had.

 

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It, too, needed a pretty major intervention!

I cut off the slanted back and reshaped its new end to match the other—the easy part.  It was riddled with hundreds of old tack nails to be pulled and filled.

Rotted, splintering, and cracked wood to be re-glued and clamped, missing appliques, half “melted” rubber wheels, and a very wobbly structure.

Not a pretty wood—I’ll paint and distress it!

It’s gonna be beautiful!

Pt 1.

Catherine

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