12 July 2011

Victorian to Modern: Settee Makeover

Remember the settee in our newly revamped guest bedroom in this post?  Well, it didn't always look this pretty.  We bought this armchair settee, which is one piece from a typical Victorian parlour set, at a yard sale last summer.  It had potential, so let me share the before and after pictures with you to show how this work in progress became a refreshing accent piece in our home:

{As we found her}

{ A close up of her deteriorating seat}

{Stipped down of original fabric}

{Initial primer coat...I know all you wood lovers are cringing- sorry!}

{After painting the wood white, the beginning of the reupholstering process}
{All she needed was a facelift. Très jolie!}

Wishing you a wonderful day, Alicia


  1. Alicia,

    This madeover settee looks beautiful!
    I have bought several antique chairs with a plan to repaint, an to reupholster, and I always end up selling them in a yard sale several years later as they were when I purchased them. One of these days, I actually tackle this sort of project.

    I wanted to thank you for entering my giveaway a couple of weeks ago, and for sharing it with your friends.

    Wishing you a happy and safe summer,

  2. Mandy,

    Thank you so much! It's so tempting to buy antique pieces with good bones, but you're right it is time consuming to revamp them. I have a piece or two that are half finished and need my attention. All in good time :o)
    Hoping you do revamp one of your antique pieces soon and share it with us...it is sure to be beautifu!

    Your giveaway was great so I was happy to share. Thanks for writing!

    Enjoy your summer,


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