Did y’all like the first episode about the kitchen table remake? That was so much fun!
I thought I’d follow that up this week with another furniture re-do, or upcycling, as I like to call it. (I promise to show you the overall room one day, but right now the house is a disaster because we’re having a big ol’ bash for my oldest son who’s GRADUATING from high school! I think I might have mentioned that once or twice…#proudmama)
So here’s the piece I started with.
This settee is so charming and I loved the colors in it when this room (and much of my house) was more of a french country cottage feel. But alas, yellow and green and red don’t work with farmhouse style.
(Big white dogs evidently do…)
Now I’m no Joanna Gaines, but my theory about farmhouse/industrial style decorating is that it’s simple (because there’s too many chores on a farm to be fancy), it’s cheap (because there’s too many mouths–human and otherwise–to feed), and it uses what’s around.
That’s why I try to stick with these three tools and a glue gun.
(Never mind that I can’t sew and have destroyed three machines trying to learn.)
The only thing I bought for this project was a few yards of white cotton duck/canvas from Hobby Lobby. I doubled the thickness of the material to make sure the old pattern doesn’t show through.
I left the original bottom cushion on as it was, fabric and everything, and stapled the new fabric to the sides, careful to keep the material pulled tight as I worked my way around. To help the fabric stay more even, staple in the middle of one side, then the opposite side, then the two ends. Then staple everything in between.
The back of the settee features a post running down the middle, and of course on all four corners. In these spots, I used the scissors to split the fabric, folded the rough edges under, and stapled some more.
Once the big piece was in place, I used the leftover fabric remnants to make the little skirt, which is cute (IMHO), but serves a larger purpose in covering up all the staples.
First I cut four strips from the leftover fabric.
Then I ironed a little pleat along one side of each fabric strip so that the top of the ruffle is smooth and won’t fray.
The bottom of the ruffle was left with raw edges because it’s kinda farmhouse style (IMHO) and I think a frayed edge adds charm and a bit of an “aged” or at least “well-loved” appearance.
(Also, if my
cows dogs rough it up it will look like it’s supposed to be that way. )
After ironing the fabric for the pleat, I grabbed my glue gun and stuck it on, pausing ever couple of inches to fold the fabric back onto itself to create each little pleat. You could measure out the spots where you want the ruffles if you want to be precise, but I just eyeball it because I don’t have time to be precise. I have a herd of
cows dogs to tend.
Here’s the end result.
I did fold the side edge of the ruffle where it met the arm/leg of the settee so that the vertical edges would be clean.
Another view of the back ruffle.
And here’s the finished bench.
I’m so thrilled with how it turned out.
And I really need to go get some Scotch Guard. Because of the
I’m using it in my dining room at the dining room table, which I’ll show you once the grad party is done and my house is clean again. But I just love the look of a cozy chair or two pulled up to a country table.
I hope you liked this episode of Home Sweet Farmhouse Home!
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