Remember this? This is one of those pieces that people like me have nightmares about. The dresser that is so saturated with smoke that it needs a bath in bleach. The upholstered chair that was used as a dog bed…and then a cozy nest for a mouse. Or the sofa that was stuffed with dried grass. When I opened this one up, I know I was in way over my head and needed to call in reinforcements. “Ummm…Ruthie…I need help. Quickly.”
Ruthie swooped in and saved me (and this settee.) Before she came to pick it up, I stripped the fabric away from the frame and painted it in ASCP Louis Blue with Old White and gold leaf detail. I then distressed and waxed it. Ruthie took it from there. She removed all of the contents of the settee, including pounds of dried grass, a plastic feed sack, cardboard box pieces and an Egyptian coin. (We think this piece was upholstered overseas.) She then totally rebuilt this settee by reinforcing the frame, putting 27 hand tied springs in the seat, stuffed it with quality cotton batting and horse hair…
…and then went the extra mile and added a foam cushion surrounded by a down cover. The entire settee was then upholstered with a hemp canvas that I found online and finished with a beautiful double welting.
…and here she is. (Sorry I don’t have a better picture, but I snapped this one quickly at the begining of the open house, but I’ll try to get some better pictures on Thursday. I know the fabric looks pink, but it’s not. It’s a nice cream color.)
The settee has come quite a long way, don’t you think? I’m so glad I handed it over to someone who really knew what she was doing. Now I can sell it knowing it’s super high quality and professionally done. Have I mentioned how much I love Ruthie. Well, I do.
If you want to follow the full adventure Ruthie went through with this piece, you can read her post about it. It’s pretty interesting!
Another blog update, before I go. The “blog series” buttons on my side bar are working now and I’ve added a categories search box on the lower right split side bar. This will make it a little easier to browse through posts.