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Reminiscing…And The Reupholstering Of A Very Unique Piece Of Furniture

Did I tell you that I had yet another hard drive crash? Well, I did. The third in about 18 months. Uugghh…that’s no fun. But thanks to the wonderful computer magicians at Prompt Technology, everything was recovered from my hard drive. Not even one single photo or document was lost! It’s a miracle, as far as I’m concerned.

But ever since I got my info back, I’ve enjoyed looking through my photos–photos of jobs I’ve done for clients, photos of projects I’ve done for myself. I’ve even come across some that I had completely forgotten about! This is just such a project.

A couple of years ago, this woman called me on the phone and told me she needed a daybed reupholstered. Fantastic! In my mind, an upholstered daybed looks something like this:

Found here

Well, that’s not quite what she had. 🙂

She tried and tried to describe the thing to me on the phone, but with the preconceived idea in my head, I just couldn’t understand what she was talking about. Then when I saw it, I realized why I couldn’t picture it. It was unlike anything I had seen before!!




She had found this antique daybed in a local shop. Her kids sat on it to play video games, and they got a bit rambunctious and the entire bottom fell out. Kristi to the rescue.

She picked an interesting Robert Allen fabric (not necessarily one that I would have chosen, but she loved it!). After reconstructing the bottom support, I completely remade the headboard inserts for the front and the back, as well as the bottom cushion, complete with down/feather topper.

This was one of my first larger reupholstery jobs to take on myself. Until then, I would pass them on to my upholsterer. But this one was so unique, I really wanted to do it myself. I was so pleased with the outcome–patterns perfectly aligned, feather topper, massively long zipper…the works!



That particular job really helped me gain a great deal of confidence when it comes to tackling larger upholstery jobs. Even still, however, I pass the big ones off to my upholsterer. I know I CAN do them, but I simply don’t want to (nor do I have the space for them). Anything called a loveseat or sofa get passed on. Anything smaller, and I’ll consider it.

**I’m linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch, and DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land.

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    Scientific Housewife
    January 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Wow, what a great job! It looks fantastic!

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    Anonymous
    January 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    That is so nice, good job, knowing it had to be a major project. Jeanie

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    Joyeful
    January 20, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Wow, that is an amazing antique!! What a find!

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    Secure Web Hosting Services
    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I am really amazing how to reconstruct the old furniture as how that furniture was before. It all can happen only by passion, interest and also with talented thinking

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    Lucrecia
    January 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thats beautiful, I actually love the fabric as well. Is she planning to refinish the wood at all?

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    CB
    January 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I just found you and i LOVE your blog!! Great job on the daybed…looks great!

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    Thelittlebrownhouse.us
    January 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    That is such an odd looking daybed! But you did a beautiful job on it – I wish you lived near me so could do some of my stuff!

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    Adria Brown
    January 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Woah! Nicely done – really a magnificent piece (and I wouldn't have chosen that fabric either *wink wink*)! You are amazingly talented! Thanks for your blog and ideas of inspiration! 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Adria

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    Eric @ Carpet Squares
    January 23, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Wow, great job Kristi! I've never seen a day bed like that. I wondered if you or the owner refinished it as well. The detail in the headboard/end piece is very detailed too.

    On a side note, I had a hard drive crash last week and I fell your pain!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    January 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Eric, as far as I know, the finish on the daybed is just as it was when she purchased it. If it were mine, I would have painted it. (I have no respect for antiques.) I love old, intricately-carved pieces like this painted in super-high gloss paint to give it a modern look. 🙂

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    Adria Brown
    April 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Woah! Nicely done – really a magnificent piece (and I wouldn't have chosen that fabric either *wink wink*)! You are amazingly talented! Thanks for your blog and ideas of inspiration! 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Adria

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    Thelittlebrownhouse.us
    April 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    That is such an odd looking daybed! But you did a beautiful job on it – I wish you lived near me so could do some of my stuff!

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    CB
    April 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I just found you and i LOVE your blog!! Great job on the daybed…looks great!

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