Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chic Seat

It's no secret I love to design on the thrifty side, so when my MIL decided to give this settee away, I snatched it right up! I knew she could become something beautiful! I mean one more seat in the house can't hurt right? Right.

The unique shape of the seat, beautiful! I've never really seen anything quite like it before! The "furniture tag" underneath dates it back to 1929.

Seat cushion Before:


Seat cushion After:

The zebra upholstery fabric was in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby, I paid under three dollars for it and still have some for another project. I've been wanting to inject a teeny tiny shot of zebra in the living room for some time now, and this was the perfect amount! The cushion came off pretty easy...I ripped off the fringe and stapled on the new fabric right over the old, it was very easy.

I primed the frame with metal primer then sprayed two coats of Almond from Krylon.
I'm still contemplating some fringe, like she originally had, but I'm not really a fringe kinda girl, but we'll see. It looks nice without it too.

Not too bad for an old girl!

Settee: Free

Fabric: $2.72

Paint: On Hand

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  1. I'm in love. Casting a vote for no fringe.


  2. It looks fabulous and I love your zebra fabric. What a great find. Hugs, Marty

  3. that is gorgeous!! i love the shape of that bench- fantastic! and the new color and fabric just suit it so well.

  4. Oh i just LoVE it. the zebra is just perfect with the shape. I mean perfect. I vote no fringe, I honestly think it is perfection.

  5. Michelle, thanks so much for commenting on my post from the CSI Project. It gave me the chance to come look at your blog, and wow, I'm in awe! Your stuff is amazing, but you give such great tutorials and pictures that I think I might be able to follow some of them. I've already saved a couple of your projects in my "To Make" folder, and I'm now following your blog! I hope you have a wonderful day.


  6. I love it! I vote NO fringe!

  7. Looks great! Love the shape of this piece. Also like the color you chose for the frame. Good job.

  8. This bench looks like you paid $1,000.00! No kidding! Such great style and so chic!
    What a treasure you have! I would leave it just perfect as it is.
    I am giving you a standing ovation!
    Kudos to you!

  9. Oh Wow! That turned out so pretty! Love the zebra fabric. laurie

  10. I love zebra print! Awesome how it cost almost nothing too. Great job!

  11. it's beautiful! What a lovely piece indeed!

  12. I love it. It's a great projekt! :)))

  13. Oh---I need one of these for my bathroom! Great job!

  14. Wow - I love it! The zebra fabric is just perfect.

  15. What a great makeover, Michelle! I LOVE the new look of that little bench! It turned out great -- you did a fantastic job!

  16. i love that settee!! the lines are so beautiful. nice fabric choice too! i'm visiting from strut your stuff, come by some time :)


  17. WOW! What a frugal find, and you made it into something fabulous!!

  18. Fabulous makeover!! Found you from Miss Mustard Seeds, where you left a comment. I was one of her Feature Fridays....mine was the painted secretary...

  19. Michelle, I love the zebra fabric. Great job.

  20. Wow... what a difference! Wonderful transformation!

  21. Perfect! I vote for no trim, the zebra stripe says it all.

  22. Does your MIL want it back now? I vote "no" for fringe also! It looks great!

  23. Oh my! I love that! Great redo! I'm following your fab blog!

  24. I love me some zebra (and cheetah, giraffe, etc!)! It is exactly the fabric I would have picked. Actually, I did that material on an armchair I found at the local thrift store - check out the transformation: http://thousandsquarefeet.blogspot.com/2009/11/goodbye-ugly-hello-beautiful-diy.html

  25. I found the twin at my local Goodwill (in Canada) and made an update to mine too. Mine had red velvet, yuck!

    Here is the post on my bench update.

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