Friday, March 18, 2011

I can't resist a good deal

When I see something I like or something I think someone else might be interested in and I can get it for a great price, I can't resist. I have a spare room in the basement where I store my finds and yes it is getting a little full, I don't want my hubby to think I have become a hoarder, so I think its time to start posting some of my stuff for sale.
I am still working on my bench and hope to recover it soon but I am still dealing with the hundreds of nails that I to be removed to remove all of the upholstery. I have hunted for the material to recover it and my antique stool but have not found what i am looking for, I have an idea in my head of what I would like and I hope I can find it soon.
I am also working on my chairs and the antique trunk, yes I know I should just concentrate on one project at a time, but if I get frustrated with one item I can move onto another and then go back to it. It keeps it interesting and keeps it a hobby and something I want to do instead of feeling like work.
I am still trying to figure out what to do with my telephone table, paint it or leave it the way it is and just reupholster it. I am also debating what to do with the antique chairs I bought, paint them or strip them down and stain them, reupholster the seats or add wood and give them a wooden seat. so many decisions so many projects and so little time, I think I need to be cloned.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Still trying to restore my wooden love seat bench

Hundreds of nails and dust and dirt from the upholstery and not even half done stripping it down. I figured if the upholstery was that dirty the wood must be too, so I tried cleaning it up and guess what, my bench is not painted an antique beige as I had thought, it was just dirty lol . The paint is white and I can see a nice wood underneath but not sure if i want the work of stripping it all down after all the work involved in the upholstering. I have so many natural wood pieces sometimes its nice to have some painted pieces too so it is all not matchy matchy. i have been shopping for material but I am having a hard time finding just the right fabric and pattern to do this piece justice, my search continues.It's hard to pick a pattern and match a livingroom set that we don't have yet. When we return to ontario we will be buying a new set which I would like to be white slip covered country look, i have two reupholstered chairs in a beige fabric so I need a pop of colour so my living room is not too bland but not sure how bold i am willing to go. change is not easy, I have had the blue livingroom in the 80's and now i hate blue, I have had the green livingroom in the 90's and now i want white and a pop of colour. Having a white couch is something I may regret with a 5 grandchildren and a dog that likes to sleep on the couch, but slip covers come off and wash so I am willing to give it a try.
Pics of the ongoing love seat restoration are shown below in my before and after pictures.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The fun of upholstering

Some people like to just upholster over the exsisting material, I am not one of those people. I guess that would be the easy way to do it, but my curiousity gets the best of me and I want to see what is underneath. I want to know if this is the original material used on the items and if there is another material underneath. if your like me and you like old furniture and antiques, you like to take things back to the way they looked in their day. Another reason i like to strip all of the material off is to make sure that the foam or stuffing is clean. Recently I purchased a cool looking wooden love seat, the lady I bought it from said it had the original material on it and that all it need was for the foam and backing to be fixed. Well that was not the story, I not only uncovered an old material underneath, I uncovered 2 layers of old material and dirty dirty backing and foam. the loveseat was disgusting and dirty and needs all new upholstery and foam.
I have been working on it for two days and after millions of small nails and a dust mask I have only just begun to get the 3 layers of material off and clean it up. One thing about unearthing the original material is that it helps to give you ideas of what to use to recover it. Because my livingroom chairs are an off white pattern and i really hope to have white slip covers in the new house, I want this love seat to have a punch of colour. I am hoping that I can find a material that brings it too life and will also look good on cushions for the couch to bring it all together. Lets hope that the new house also has a livingroom to house all of my treasures, and gives me the look i am hoping for.
Because the upholstery and backing is so dirty and lets not forget the million little nails yet to be pulled, it is going to be a while before I can recover for sure. I want to keep the wood the colour that it is but I will have to wait and see how it looks after some clean up. Oh the joy of restoration .............