7.28.2009

Tutorial Tuesday Suspended - I Need YOUR Help

Just LOOK what I found at my local Goodwill yesterday!



This antique settee was wheeled in and I snagged the tag and wheeled it right back out the door. How much, you ask? $49.00! For real!

Now I just need to figure out how to reupholster it. I've been pulling off all the old fabric and it seems to all disassemble to allow me to staple fabric then reassemble the wood parts. Easy enough...right?

Okay, here's the deal: I want to put this in our office. The walls are a deep red with cherry colored wainscot ting and the curtains are this Waverly black and white damask:



There is nothing else in the room but a desk. Ideas???


Oh, and next Tuesday I'm having a Tutorial Linky Party so get ready to link up and par-tay!

28 comments :

  1. Paint the wood black and then have a vibrant color as the material...lemon yellow, lime green, etc.
    Stopping by to give a little blog ♥

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  2. I would go with painting the wood a vibrant turquoise (with the deep red walls it will look straight out of a magazine)! I wish I could post on here an image of the exact color I am thinking. I would not put more patterns in the fabric (since your curtains are damask) I would choose a solid color.

    Any colors you choose, have fun!! =)

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  3. hi there! I'm visiting from SITS. That is a wonderful find! :-)

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  4. I can see why you snagged it! How'd you get it in your car? I love how you go with your gut, and think later! Black paint on the wood, Is white possible on the settee? I'd funk it up with lots of crazy pillows.

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  5. uh I have no clue but that's a fantastic find! I'd go for a neutral color and pattern since your walls are so bright and your curtains have a very strong pattern... not over saturate the room with too many things going at once. =D

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  6. Wow, what a great find! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Love your blog, such a calming and fun place to visit.

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  7. I'm thinking black paint, distressed....with a sublte pattern on the upholstery fabric, then some crazy pillows and a cool throw....I am over the top thrilled for you!!!....my first dining room set came from the Goodwill....it was from the 50's, I refininshed it and loved it for years!!!!!! Chip thought I was nuts!!

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  8. I am very impressed with your Goodwill find. I would have snatched it up in a heartbeat too.

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  9. that's awesome! i'm jealous! make it totally funky...it is screaming for funk!

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  10. Hi Jennifer.
    $49! Really?! We don't have a goodwill, but our Salvation army is always crazy high on prices! You got yourself quite the treasure.
    I think a creamy white upholstery would be fantastic! Maybe with a textural pattern, nothing too overpowering. You don't want to take over those fantastic drapes. I think the frame would be beautiful either stained a dark shade or painted black and distressed. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Yay for you!
    Have a fantabulous week!
    XOXO
    *Tricia

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  11. Hey Jen- I gotta get up and start packing for travel today but I'd love to see it in this fabric http://freespiritfabric.com/core-pages/gallery.php?gal_id=188&sw_id=2296. My other choice would be an aqua print.
    I'll come back later and see what others suggested. It is truly fabulous!!!

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  12. If possible I would stain the wood or paint it to match your desk. As for the fabric, I would go with a rich looking fabric in the light brown colorscope.

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  13. Oh, I am so jealous! That is an awesome find! I don't really have any advice. Just here to live vicariously through you.

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  14. How precious!

    I would go black on the wood and some tone on tone in a funky color for the upholstery. You don't want to take away from the beautiful damask, but a solid color just wouldn't do it justice. (In my humble opinion)

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  15. I would paint the wood white. You need contrast, bold contrast if the walls are dark. There are a lot of really great fabrics available right now with nature inspired themes that are sparse. They are not an all over crazy pattern. Many are white fields with black, yellow, red, acid green and purple accents. I would keep the upholstery fairly simple and add the pop with pillows that are loud. Give it a marrakesh feel.

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  16. for some reason, I was thinking the curtains were black on black ... where'd I get that idea?!? :)

    a lot of great suggestions ... this is going to be a blast to watch transform.

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  17. Hmmm...I'd paint the frame something bold and add a more subtle color for the upholstery; turquoise; w/lemon yellow or ecru or red with the same. What a slammin deal!

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  18. I think a deep emerald green with black wood.

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  19. btw - thanks for visiting my blog on my sits feature day

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  20. I don't have an opinion on what I think you should do to it because I am still drooling!! Lucky duck!

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  21. Wow what a great find~! I'm boring and would stick with neutrals if the walls and curtains iare bold, LOL!

    So glad you're going to join me in the REVAMP IT challenge! Thanks so much, can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

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  22. It was your lucky day at the thrift store! What a beautiful settee-- have fun recovering it.

    I like the ideas of painting the frame either turquoise or black with some fantastic contrasting fabric.

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  23. I am anxious to see what you do with it...I luv your blog!

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  24. No idea. I have a tough time reupholstering a stool.

    However, I LOVE that settee.

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  25. Oh my goodness, I LOVE that setee. I would kill to find something like that at my local GoodWill. I agree with others who have said keeping the setee itself on the neutral side (black/white or some such) and jazzing it up with vibrant pillows. Can't wait to see the "after" photos!

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  26. I would do black upholstery with red piping. Then I would do lots of pillows, some in the damask print, some red, black and cream/white. I would try to match the wood to the other tones in the room.
    I love your blog and am going out to Walmart to get some tshirts to add flowers to!

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  27. Hi Jennifer, I just started following your site today!! I love your work it is very inspiring!!

    I also wanted to share an upholstery web site with you that offers help to diy upholsterers!! It is: http://www.spiritedladyupholstery.com/

    I can't wait to see what you do with the setee!!!

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  28. How will you decide with all these great ideas? (: Paint it either black or white, put a smaller black and white print on , and add pops of color with pillows - they are easily interchangeable. $49... What an absolute steal!

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