As I was taking apart our antique couch that Wade and I brought home from a farm (see my previous posts for pics of the inside, repairs, and the upholstery thus far), I really started to wonder about its origin. Most of all, how old was it? Our initial guess was late 19th century, but… Read More Restoring a 19th Century Couch: Part 4, History
The restoration of the 19th century couch that I bought at a local farm has been an ongoing project. In my first post, I tell about how we acquired the couch and show pictures of what the original stuffings looked like. In my second post, I discussed how I cleaned and repaired the frame. The… Read More Restoring a 19th Century Couch: Part 3, Upholstery
This is an ongoing project. You can read the story of how we acquired the couch and see what it looked like inside here. In this post, I show how I got the frame ready to be reupholstered. The first thing I did was use Murphy’s Oil Soap (only like my favorite cleaning product ever)… Read More Restoring a 19th Century Couch: Part 2, Cleaning and Repairs
Aside from fabric, I really don’t like new stuff. I would much rather buy something off of Craigslist or from an estate sale than buy something new. I like that old stuff has stood the test of time. It makes me feel good that I am not causing more resources to be drawn from the… Read More Restoring a 19th Century Couch: Part 1, Deconstruction
This project is kind of different than what I usually do, and it doesn’t really involve any sewing, so I hope you find it interesting. First, a little background on why I re-did these chairs in the way that I did. Last summer, we found a really good deal on a 19th century couch. (You… Read More I Re-upholstered Two Chairs!