Friday, 6 July 2012

House CHAOS! ................... recovering furniture .............

Finally decided had had enough of grotty furniture so started thinking and planning new covers for it all 
As some friends are interested in what I am up to - admittedly not many - I have been asked to post before during and after pics - so bear with me! 
SOFA No.1 The Pink 2 seater Blobby 

Original fabric on 2 seater sofa - pink dyed and faded 
Back cushion feather base cushion foam but base is sprung and all basically sound 
Sourced via Freecycle!! 

Other side with a drift of choices for fabric ....rusts and terracotta's
Has had a cream throw over it  - to disguise the nasty pinkyness 

Pair chairs - covered in pheasants and florals now rather threadbare - again a Freecycle find 


In progress - trying out ideas ........... 
In sort of progress - well an idea board really. A friend had spilt wine and dark choc late over the cover (and my fav cream throw) - so decided had to recover the beasts I had just recovered my floor cushions in this heavy duty chenille - to match the Kelim (you can just see the carpet) .thought - see if they fit - which they do - sort-of - do while thinking what do with them and buy time for making new covers 
Thinking cream linens and cottons for summer and warm terracotta's and browns for winter ..........

THE BEAST - a 3 seater sofa vintage with horse hair and springs and ALL the cushions are feather - blissss 

It came with a Sanderson cover in Jacobean linen with print .............took it off and released the cushions (as covers shrunk and made them as hard as nails to sit on) .......and underneath the body of the sofa is in a gorgeous gold brocade (pics to follow) 
So must make covers for the soft squidgy feather cushions and a loose cover for the body of the sofa 
Here we have a mix up - of some of my old floor cushions and odd bit fabric wrapped round one cushion ............ and some various cream cotton and linen fabrics thrown over the sofa 
Plus three new cream cushions in cream cottons - two matching on left and a dusky one to the right in damask 
Ohhh and behind it is a new curtain in hessian with floral print on it - allows light in but privacy at the same time - my stuff for sale hanging on the 'street' side. 

THE BEAST has a Junior - i.e. matching armchair 

Beast's matching chair - now with a calico base cover 
You can see the original Sanderson covers on the cushions - you can see how much they have shrunk and compressed those poor feathers! Bit like a size 16 trying to squeeze into size 8 jeans! 
Piled on top are a selection of cream cottons and linens 

In rummaging through my (admittedly prodigious) fabric stash - found a length of the most wonderful cotton and silk damask with a chenille pattern superimposed on it - not only truly scrumptious but the design runs width ways rather than length of the goods if making curtains you would have to have horizontal seams .........maybe this was purpose woven for furnishings??? Never seen this before with fabric - so a first for me! 

Anyway sun is shining and must get back to preparing for the craft show tomorrow - get DH to take ALL the stuff and pack it in the car for me - and then unpack it all tomorrow for me (and again at the end of the day) - what a sweetie! Lets hope sell something this time! 

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