Trash to Treasure: Vintage Sofa


Stacy, a reader from Wisconsin, sent in a photo of this amazing vintage sofa (that she found for $30), looking for reupholstery inspiration.

I absolutely love this sofa because it's such a classic design and reminds me a bit of an English Roll Arm sofa, with its low profile arms and traditional lines. You also can't beat the $30 price tag! 
Stacy has some serious upholstery skills so she'll actually be taking this one on herself which would seem impossible, except she's behind this transformation :
Incredible, right? So here are my recommendations to upgrade her sofa:
For a great print, chose Mill Creek Indoor/Outdoor Felton Shadow via, $8.98/yd. This small print won't be disturbed by the channeling on the back, and looks great from a distance.
Another great punchy print with an ethnic design is Thom Filicia's Euclid in Apricot (via Calico Corners). It's a bit pricier at $54.99 (currently 20% off!), but worth the investment for the drama.
And as much as I love the idea of casters on a sofa, it's clear that the casters seen here can't support the weight of the sofa (see the slight sag in the middle?), so I'd recommend adding feet to support the weight.  My favorite choices from Table Legs include these:
Large Tahoe Bun Feet ($23.50 in Black Walnut), for a modern, more streamlined look.
Bell Bun Feet ($19.95 in Black Walnut), for a traditional look, similar to what you'd find on the English Roll Arm.
And that's it! With just a few changes, this sofa can go from modern contemporary like this Templeton sofa from Jonathan Adler,
to modern traditional like this Kennedy sofa from Jayson Home & Garden!
Reupholstering furniture is so much fun, especially when you're able to do it on a one-of-a-kind piece. Good luck, Stacey--let me know how it goes!

Trash to Treasure


I'm resuming my Trash to Treasure feature and seeking submissions!

Trash to Treasure is a feature where readers submit photos of furniture that they're not quite sure what to do with and I share my expert advice with recommendations for refinishing and reupholstering. Not sure if that old dresser is a keeper? Send it to me and I'll selected a handful of colors and fabrics that would work best with your piece, plus I'll feature it here on my blog.

A reader recently submitted this chair looking for inspiration on how to reinterpret its look for use in a master bedroom project.

This chair is an example of a great Trash to Treasure project because it's classically designed and has details that you don't often find in contemporary furniture.  Since the submission didn't include detail about the reader's preferences (colors, fabrics), I've decided to tackle this project featuring a neutral palette and using these chairs as my inspiration:
Spotted last year at one of my favorite Atlanta furniture boutiques, Armour & Co, their design immediately came to mind when I first saw the photos--classic, detailed, and fresh. First step to achieving this look? Paint!
I'd start by painting the frame a high gloss ebony using Black Magic by Porter Paints (518-7). Black is one of the staple colors I always reach for when refinishing because it goes with almost everything and is neutral enough to allow for any last minute fabric changes (without having to repaint, versus a brighter color). 
For fabric, I'd select a linen, burlap, or hemp in Natural, Navy, or Coco (try Lewis & Sheron or Online Fabrics for best prices and selection).  When working with tufted chairs, solid fabrics are often your best best because the tufting can distort and or/deemphasize the print in patterned fabrics. While the current chair design won't support nailhead trim, having the seat and back reupholstered with integrated deck and back cushions (versus loose cushions) would allow for nailhead trim along the edges.  Confused? Think something along the lines of these chairs, reupholstered by LA-based Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas .  
The paint, fabric, and finish choices selected ensure that chair can be moved from one room to another and add a clean, modern aesthetic without competing with the overall design. What I love most about chairs like these is that they make great occasional pieces because they're so versatile!
And now it's your turn! Have something you need help with? Email me at and I'll feature your piece here!