Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fit for a queen ... of the Nile?

She's done and she is beautiful!
Here she is delivered to Marian's room at Luckett's:

This is what she looked like when I got her (partially torn apart so
Marian could paint the frame before I picked up):

I had to wear a mask when I was removing the stuffing, there was
so much dirt & debris floating around.

A curved wire was used as the side slat to hold
the tarp-like bag: 

Lots of rusty tack nails: 

Tired springs ... I think I heard them give a sigh of relief
once I took off the weight of the hay.
There were only 12 springs used for the whole seat: 
 

The center rail (the strip of wood that the bottom of the white bag is attached to along the back) was not an original piece of the frame.
It had no support and was poorly attached by
only one screw at each end. 

Long nails sticking out by the front corner ... I cut them
flush using the Dremel multi-max:

I thought this was a pretty interesting photo ... the way the rust dust left a trail
as it bounced out of the tack holes while I worked on the frame: 

Lots of very heavy innards waiting to go to the trash. 

After the bags were removed I found a coin sitting on the floor.
I did a quick search and it looks to me like a coin from Egypt ... I could be wrong about that but I think it's Egyptian.


Bare boned and beautiful: 

The frame had been a cream color when Marian got it ... she painted the blue with white & gilded highlights (so very pretty!)
Under the cream paint was a fantastic bronze paint ... I love the look and I'm SO
painting one of my next pieces of furniture an antique bronze! 

Here is the new center rail: 

Adding frame support in progress: 

Web & burlap attached and 27 new coil springs hand tied 8 ways: 

New horse/hog hair base ( I chuckle each time I see this picture,
it reminds me of a very hairy chest) :

New cotton padding: 

I constructed a baffled down feather wrap to be the padding around the cushion ...  I tell you wuuut, stuffing those feathers into there was a very messy job: 

4" foam cut to shape: 

cushion and wrap: 


Here the fabric is finally on and
I'm attaching the double welt cording:

I am very happy with how this turned out.  
In the end it's a brand new sofa on a beautiful frame 
that I imagine has a rich history.

Marian you have such a talent to see a piece of furniture for what 
it can be ... well played!

  

Linking up with ...

70 comments:

  1. What an AMAZING transformation!!!!!!

    It is SO stunning.

    Thank-you for sharing all of those detailed photo's.

    The person who purchases that sofa will be one lucky person.

    Have a great day.

    Sandra

    P.S.: Your work is incredible.

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  2. Thank you Sandra, I really appreciate your kind words ; )

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  3. Absolutely lovely!! Your hard work paid off!

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  4. You certainly did a fantastic job with this sofa. It is truly gorgeous! I enjoyed seeing the step-by-step process and transformation. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Wonderful work, you have a great talent!! So impressive & inspiring. Thanks for posting this :)

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  6. Wow! I found you through Marion. Great job..I read every word and know what a job (and labor of love this was). I am signing up as your newest follower. xo Diana

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  7. holy crap what an incredible amount of work. You are a true artisan :)

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  8. I hopped onto your blog from Miss Mustard Seed's to read more about this amazing transformation. Truly. It's awesome. Wow.

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  9. What a wonderful job you did - you are an artist.
    - Joy

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  10. You did an incredible job - I would love to own this piece. Are you self taught in upholstery? You are very talented.

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  11. New follower here, via Marian. Wow you did an amazing job...I am a furniture painter who also loves to reinvent pieces with new upholstery. I don't have the skills or patience to learn to upholster, and I had a wonderful man who did it for me, he had been doing it for 60 yrs and really knew his stuff. I have recently moved from NZ to Australia and now have to start the search all over again for an amzing upholsterer...you don't feel like moving to Aus by any chance? ;)

    xx Karen

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  12. This is one job that truly amazes me! You did such a fantastic job with the old settee.

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  13. You did an A-mazing job with this couch!!! sooo talented!

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  14. That is an amazing piece of work,you and Marian are a dynamic duo. I am in awe of what you've done with this sofa, it is beautiful.

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  15. Hi Ruthie, I'm over from Marian. You did such an amzing job with this piece. So much work was involved but it was worth it. It's gorgeous now!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  16. Love your work, Ruthie. I'm over from MMS too and the sofa looks awesome.

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  17. Amazing work Ruthie, your sofa turned out gorgeous!!!

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  18. you are amazing (and patient!!)
    cheers Fiona
    www.lilyfieldlife.blogspot.com

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  19. You are one very talented lady!

    great work!

    peace,
    amy

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  20. Wow,,you are very talented - I wish you lived in Flroida!

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  21. Beautiful work. When people balk at the cost of getting a piece reupholstered, they don't understand how much work it is. Your work is worth every penny, I'm sure.

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  22. Wow that is a ton of work! IT came out great. I have an antique french chair I am poised to tackle, but I just want to read up a little more so I don't destroy it!!

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  23. Oh wow, I would have run for the hills if I had to tackle a job like that. You made it come back to life again... you do absolutely gorgeous work. So professional. Marion is one lucky lady to have taken you on board. Great job.

    Hugs, Deb

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  24. It's great to see something like this done professionally. Your work is so neat and precise, you've created a beautiful finished sofa!

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  25. It's nice to have people like you who can bring an old piece back to life!

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  26. You did such an amazing job on this piece. It looks beautiful! (Finding the Egyptian coin might actually be a very big deal. You (or Marian) might want to take it to a rare coins dealer for authentication.)

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  27. Are you self taught?
    mary
    renonfl@yahoo.com

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  28. I've been watching the grass setee transformation over at MMS and wow what a differance! You must have an amazing amount of patience.Beautiful job!

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  29. Wow! You are incredibly talented! That looks like a massive amount of work and you did a beautiful job.

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  30. This is gorgeous! I have a couch my hubby and I plan to reupholster. He did some reupholstering in high school and we have a book and the internet! We'll see how it turns out. I would love to know how you made and attahched the double welting.

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  31. BEAUTIFUL JoB!! Thanks for all the pictures. So much work wow. It is truly brand new when you are done with it. Came over from MMS. I will be following you!

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  32. OMG!!! That's not upholstery: THAT'S ART!!!! Ruthie! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Beautiful beautiful job!!!

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  33. You are truly a wonder woman. The "hairy chest" part made me chuckle...and it did look that way, I laughed again. I wish I had a Ruthie, Marion is blessed.

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  34. Amazing job! No wonder Marion loves you so much *winks* Vanna

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  35. What a wonderful gift you have to be able to do an amazing job like that. You are truly talented.

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  36. You party in some pretty grand circles, let me tell ya!

    Found out that YOU are "The Ruthie" Miss Marian says is so talented.... I'm pleased to come and Follow your site.

    Very impressed!
    Smiles and visiting via story at Miss Mustard Seed's blog today,
    From NW Illinois,
    Suzanne

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  37. Beautiful, skilled work! I had no idea what an amazing amount of layers and expertise are in that beautiful piece of furniture!
    By the way, I noticed that in your 5th picture from the top, there is a scrap of fabric with the same arabic handwriting. If only this settee could talk!!

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  38. I, too, just had to take advantage of Marion's link to read more about the transformation thanks to Ruthie!
    That must have been quite a job to tackle! To buy that settee now would be just like buying it new from a furniture store specializing in antique lookalikes - but this is the real deal~

    Mary in Oregon

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  39. What a transformation! It's beautiful (I'm hoping to get to Lucketts to see it in person before it's sold!). I'm your newest follower.

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  40. You did an absolutely amazing transformation, Ruthie! Your work is incredible! Where did you learn to upholster? My grandfather was an upholsterer by trade and I so wish the skill was genetic!

    I hope you'll link this amazing creation up at Knick of Time Tuesday! What an asset you would be to the party!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors
    http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com

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  41. Can I ask... where do you get the double welt piping? Thanks, Karen@Chic-Tiques.com

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  42. I have an antique sofa with two matching chairs that are in despicable condition however I cannot bear the thought of throwing them out, my family thinks I'm nuts! I'd love (need) to have it professionally reupholstered and was wondering what the cost would be, for the couch at least. Would you give me a ball-park idea?? By the way, where are you located???

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  43. THANK YOU everyone for the uplifting comments ... I've been walking on air for the past couple of days!
    I'll answer a few questions:

    -- I'm originally self taught in upholstering, but I also apprenticed with a professional who I still help and run to when I need help.

    -- I assemble the double welt piping as I do a project ... my sewing machine has a double welt cording foot on it and I love it.
    If you contact a local upholsterer they may help you out by sewing some for you ... it doesn't hurt to ask.

    -- Anonymous ... I'm in very Northern VA. I've seen a rule of thumb of no less than $600 for a sofa ... and that is just a starting price. That varies greatly on your location and what all needs to be done to the piece. Hope that helps.

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  44. Oh my, my!!! You should be so proud of yourself.

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  45. Wow! You are one talented woman! Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step. But it does kinda make me a little afraid of what I may find in the 8 foot sofa I need reupholstered. It's almost identical to that one. Ha-ha! Oh, how I wish I you were in Southern CA!

    Blessings to you,
    Missy

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    1. hi Missy, Linda from Costa Mesa, I too want to reupholster pieces I have. I found ABC adult school in Cerritos. Look online, easy to find. They offer upholstery classes for $45.00 a sessions.( about 6-8 weeks or so. Really cheap. Many differt sessions offered day and night. You can also bring your furniture to work on. I wish more of thses schools were around. Good luck. Please post your stuff when you finish, Linda, Inside Etc & Design 714-335-3673

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  46. Ruthie -
    I found your blog from following MMS and I have been perusing your blog for the past 20 minutes...I came across your floors (I think they are yours)
    the OSB/Plywood floors that you stenciled, and I smiled :)
    I did the same type of thing to mine, I got so annoyed with my carpet one day I ripped it up...painted the floor and then stained it and wiped the stain slightly off and then polyed it. My husband has always thought I was the only crazy one...good to know that I am not!
    Glad I found you!! Look forward to your posts.
    ~Carrie

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  47. Ruthie-
    Wow! I found your blog as Miss Mustard Seed raved about you!!!! I can SEE why! Wow...you are more than a DIY'er...you are a miracle worker my friend! Your handiwork was done with love, revealing excellence, a settee fit for a queen!
    Awesome work!
    ~ Teresa

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  48. This sofa turned out amazing! I have tackled a few DIY upholstery projects myself, and I am always on the lookout for one of these beautiful sofas! I am still not sure if I could do this myself, but the way this one turned out is extremely inspiring!

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  49. Thank you so much for showing us the steps you took to transform this beautiful sofa. The before and after pics are impeccable! I have one question! You made the down feather cushion wrap to go around the foam - how did you get the cushion to be flat on top, the feather wrap isn't flat, you've sewn it together in sections, but the cushion on the sofa is flat! Is there another layer between the wrap and the fabric? I have a sofa similar to this that needs a new cushion, and I'm very interested in your details. Thanks!

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  50. You missed your calling as a Surgeon. (Winks!)
    BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION!!!! -Brenda- aka mrsben

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  51. That is such an amazing transformation -- hard to believe that something that rough can be restored to such beauty. And the coin is just plain neat!

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  52. Ruthie,
    I featured you at Knick of Time Tuesday, here -
    http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/11/knick-of-time-tuesday-8-sheet-music.html

    But I also blogged about you here - http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-dress-for-old-lady.html

    You won't be visiting Illinois anytime soon, will you? ;0)

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

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  53. Absolutely fabulous! I am humbled by your talent.

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  54. I am so impressed. What a big job! Thank you for sharing the step by step process. It gives me a new appreciation into what goes into a major upholstery job. I have taken an upholstery class, but this is way beyond anything we ever did - love the hand-tied springs. Very, very impressed.

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  55. I think the coin is Syrian :)

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  56. How beautiful that sofa turned out, you have magic hands!
    I have a few chairs that needs to be redone like that, now I know how much work will go in them, I will leave them alone for a long while.
    Thank you for showing your tutorial.
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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  57. I would like to give some information about your coin, it says United Arab Republic, which was formed when Egypt and Syria United from 1958 till 1961, it is a 10 piaster coin. My husband can remember he used it in Egypt.
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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  58. I think the antique rust color would of looked fantastic with the new material! It looks beautiful! you have such a talent! never know how much work it took to make such a beautiful piece!

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  59. This is absolutely AMAZING:)Girl, You have some mad skills. I'm so excited someone just gave me a couch like this for free. It has been lovingly reupholstered, but the fabric is ugly. I wished I lived closer for you to work your magic. I was wondering do you sell the fabric used on this couch? It's exactly what I'm looking for. If you don't sell fabric, do you happen to know the name and manufacturer? Thank you, in advance:)

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    1. Hi Misty, thank you for the kind comment ;)
      I'm sorry but I don't sell the fabric nor do I know the name or manufacturer of this fabric ... Marian purchased it.
      I think it was a cotton & hemp mix ... maybe that info will help.

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  60. It looks beautiful! Big job! I've signed up to follow your gorgeous blog :o)

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