This settee makeover shows you how to upholster a bench and update a piece of furniture.
I was given this settee and it was in rough shape. By giving it a makeover with paint and a new upholstered bench, it has been completely transformed. I can’t wait to show you how I did it.
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So here is my project, a settee makeover. Here are some before photos.
The Settee – Before
The wood was in bad shape and I had started to sand it down and noticed that the wood was all different types which meant staining it was out of the question.
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Where to Start
First, I got to ripping off the rotten fabric. That came off in about two seconds.
I ripped off the muslin fabric, the threads holding the springs in place and everything else in between.
The springs were the hardest to take out along with the thousand nails.
Painting the Settee
I prepped and painted the settee just like I did in these recent posts.
I used Lichen from Fusion Mineral Paint.
I knew I wanted to replace the springs with foam.
I nailed two scrap pieces of boards inside as there was a middle piece already in place.
This will make it even when putting the foam seating bench in.
Cut a piece of kraft paper larger than the bench seat and outline it. Cut it out to make a template. You can take this template to a foam place to get a piece of foam cut out.
I also used that template to make a board so the foam can lay on top and I have something to staple it to.
How To Upolster the Bench Seat
I bought this beautiful green velvet fabric to upholster the bench seat with.
Place the foam and board on the back side of fabric.
Cut a generous amount of fabric all around the seat to ensure there’s enough for stapling.
(Side note: I also had cotton batten but forgot about it during photos so I had to redo it!)
The cotton batten makes the seat more puffy and can be purchased at the foam place you visit.
The cotton batten doesn’t need to be along the back but just around the sides and front.
Pulling the fabric taut, staple in the middle of each side with a staple gun.
I used 3/8″ 10 mm light duty staples but I’m sure any kind will do.
Continue stapling next to the middle and expanding out. Make sure to staple a side then move to another side to make sure the fabric is upholstered evenly.
This prevents pulls in the fabric.
Once you have all four sides done, cut off the excess.
For the corners, pull the middle part of the fabric in and staple it down. Then pull one side over the middle and repeat to the other side.
Finish with some extra staples and trim the excess fabric.
You want the corners to have two ‘pleats’ on either side and no other pulls in the fabric. Keep moving and playing with the fabric until you see it laying the way you want and then staple it down.
You might need to take out some side staples to get it lay flat nicely.
I tape all the edges down with packing tape (nothing fancy here!).
Turn the bench seat over and push it into the settee. It will be a nice snug fit so it won’t come out.
Finish off the edging by hot glueing ribbon all around.
I can’t believe the difference and I’m so glad some paint and a new upholstered bench seat gave this settee a whole new look!
I hope you liked this tutorial on how to give a settee a makeover and how to reupholster the bench seat.
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