Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fainting Sofa ~ Completed~

It's finally finished!! Yeah, so that took longer than the few days I originally assumed it would. The project was side-lined for a while (due to health problems and other projects that had priority), but last week I got to work and finished her. 

Isn't she a beauty? I snapped a few quick pictures to share, but I will post some better pictures when my sewing studio makeover is completed. Everything is a bit of a mess at the moment, but it is starting to come together. The chaise was the first step in turning my old "hobby room" into a proper work space. I've been making do with a multipurpose space for too long and need a space dedicated solely to the business.

Anyways, the chaise was certainly an ambitious project for my first major re-upholstery project, but I am quite happy with my results. 

(Brown painted wood, discoloured and faded fabric)


I picked a turquoise blue fabric and light grey paint. When I took off the old fabric, I realized just how massively faded it was and rather icky. The new fabric is so much better! (The lighting in here was weird when I took the photos; the new fabric is less shiny and smoother than it looks in the photos.) The fabric has an almost velvet like feel and is super soft. The colour also looks great with the green walls of my studio. I had originally planned on making trim to finish off the edges, but I went with a grey gimp instead since I didn't have enough fabric left. I think the gimp actually looks better than the trim I was going to do! 

Final price for this one-of-a-kind beauty? With all the material, paint, etc she ended up costing about $230. My goal was to spend less than the $340 it would have taken to replace my cheap Ikea sofa. I think I succeeded there! It always surprises me how antiques can often be less than buying from a big box store. Normally one thinks antique=expensive, but that really doesn't have to be the case. Some antiques are pricey, but there are still plenty of bargains to be found. 

Speaking of bargains, I also just bought a Victorian chair to replace my old desk chair. My previous chair was also from Ikea. The Victorian chair I ended up replacing it with is solid wood, with soft green velvet (which doesn't need replacing, yay!!). Price difference? The Victorian was $10 cheaper than replacing the Ikea chair. I mean, which would you rather have?!
Old vs New
Well, I should get back to work on my studio makeover. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All.


  1. Lovely! That robin's egg blue is so pretty, and the idea of a fainting couch in the living room is delightful. I would love to find one for my own home.

    1. Thanks! Fainting couches are a surprisingly comfortable and practical piece of furniture.

  2. That looks fantastic! Well done you!
    Lovely new chair too. :)

  3. Be still my antique fainting couch loving heart, it is a true work of art. You did flat out amazing, dear Kate. Wow, wow, and wow again!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks so much! I am really pleased with how it turned out :)

  4. It's just lovely. I am inspired by your skill! I love the Victorian chair. Keep the colours rich on that one to do the dramatic structure justice.

  5. That turquoise fabric is just divine. Divine. I think you've done an amazing job xx

    1. Thanks! I toyed with the idea of some other colours, but I'm so glad I went with the turquoise. For a bold colour, it pairs surprisingly well with a number of other shades, so I know it will look good even if I change up the rest of my decor later on.


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