Friday, March 28, 2014

Drop Cloth Settee

It was drizzling and misty. I was glad I had a van. 
A curbside rescue! 

When my work day ended, I got in the car and it reeked - musty, cigarette smokey yuck.
I came home and immediately started ripping off the upholstery. The poor thing almost ended up back in our trash but it had such cute lines. I decided to wait it out to see what would happen.
It sat in the garage for a while until all the fumes were out of it. The smell had not permeated the wood, only the upholstery. The wood got a once over with cleaning solution.  

A soft brown chenille was an almost perfect match for our existing sofa at the time. 

It was around $200.00 for fabric and supplies which was a bit pricey.
When we moved it into the garden room it taunted me. 
It needed to be lightened up.  
I recovered it last winter with painter's drop cloths from Lowes. Drop cloth canvas is economical and durable. 

 I knew as soon as I was finished that it needed a coat of paint to feel "sunroomy". 
It was a perfect job for the long evenings I was home alone - those lost months following the death of my brother- when Bill was traveling for his old job.  

It looks exactly how I thought it should.

Why did take me almost a year? 
I think long and hard about which pieces to paint.

I've stripped "antiquing" off of some furniture in my time and I don't want to have to do that again.

I paint with the understanding that when this 
painted furniture craze is over that some of my pieces will be given away. I only paint the "not too precious". 

That being said, I haven't regretted painting anything. 
In fact I wish that this style had started before I gave some other cute stuff away. I keep thinking that I'm nearing the end of what I want to see with a coat of white but the paint brings out lines, curves and detail not seen with stain.
 I'm falling in love with my furniture again. 
I have some more to show!  
Linking with,
French Country Cottage
Common Ground   
Thoughts From Alice  
Funky Junk Interiors   
Blissful Whites Wednesday   
A Stroll Thru Life   
Savvy Southern Style 
Ivy and Elephants


  1. An absolutely gorgeous makeover. The wood is fabulous!

  2. I am so like you. I only paint pieces that I feel I can live without. I do think that paint craze will eventually have seen its day-although I love everything else there are cycles. I don't paint any family heirlooms or pieces that are of really high quality.

    I think we lost a brother about the same time. It has been 13 months for me. His widow got married yesterday.........xo Diana

  3. It really came out great! I love the color combination of the pillows. You gave it new life!

  4. You did a wonderful job...and love all the pillows too!

  5. I can't believe that was a curbside find, Katie! It looks wonderful recovered and painted! I'm like you. I have to think long and hard about painting wood pieces. I've done a lot of furniture refinishing over the years and you and I both know the wood look will come back in vogue again. Will all the blogs be about removing paint finishes, do you think? hehe

  6. What a wonderful curbside find...especially after you got the smell out. You transformed the piece into such a pretty and comfy addition to your sunroom!
    Thank you for stopping by,
    Mary Alice

  7. I hope that painted furniture isn't just a trend. I love it too much and will be in deep trouble if it goes out of style! LOL! I love the new look you gave the settee. I'm a huge fan of drop cloth anyway. It looks right at home in your sunroom.

  8. Love the look and I don't blame you for painting it. It is a beautiful piece.
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a nice comment on my DIY Jewelry Display Stands.
    Audrey Z.

  9. Oh I love it, what a fabulous piece and I love the new lighter version. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Just love your sofa. It looks so French. I must be driving in the wrong area, I hardly ever find anything worth picking up. lol

  11. It's absolutely wonderful Katie! I'm hoping the craze won't be over, I'd have to give away most of my furniture, LOL!!! love all your wonderful assortment of pillows, too!

  12. You did a wonderful job ! :) Lovely room too! :)

  13. Love the sweet little sofa, what a find! You did an incredible job with it, it looks amazing!
    We'd love to have you share at WIW.

  14. I feel like I'm stalking you today-sorry! Just wanted to say how much I love your settee! I just did my first ever drop cloth project {I'm a little slow, I know}
    I'm amazed at how you transformed this piece with drop cloth and paint!