Mid Century Couch Before and After Makeover

BEFORE & AFTER MID CENTURY COUCH MAKEOVER

Mid century couch…swoon!!  I searched on craigslist for months before I found this beauty at the right price.  I was a woman on a mission. But this one turned up and I didn’t waste a moment! I snapped it up! ( Just as an aside…I LOVE Craigslist. Like really, really LOVE!!) Anyways, back on topic.

Mid Century Couch Before and After Makeover

Here’s the couch when I started. It’s nice, but just not what I wanted.  I needed a lighter fabric to fit the decor in the room better.

Mid Century couch makeover before and afterNow I didn’t LOVE the green upholstery fabric but I didn’t hate it either, so it stayed green for about 8 months until I decided that I wanted to keep the finishes and fabrics in this room light and bright and the green just was not going to work. I found a great oatmeal colored fabric at Hobby Lobby that would do the job just right.  BUT!  Before I can redo the upholstery fabric and make it pretty, I needed to do some “invisible” structural repairs to this lovely piece of seating.

Mid Century couch replace Pirelli webbing

When you remove the cusions, here’s what you’re left with.  Wood and webbing.  The wood and finish on this couch were both in excellent vintage condition.  The Pirelli webbing that supports the cushions…not so much. It was dried and sagging and essentially hanging from the bottom like a droopy diaper.  So that was just not going to do.

Mid Century couch replace Pirelli webbing

Unfortunately I found out that replacing Pirelli webbing is not cheap. (FYI- There’s other options besides Pirelli webbing, but I felt that being a purist in this case was justified. )

I am nothing if not resourceful, and I now had a new mission…finding new webbing for as cheaply as possible.  I lucked out and got just enough on eBay at a great price, so I ordered, and within a week I was ready to go to work.

Mid Century couch replace Pirelli webbing

Here’s a closeup of the top of the couch where the webbing pulls through the slatted openings.  It was literally crunchy with age.

Mid Century couch replace Pirelli webbing

Here’s the underside of the couch.  The webbing is stapled to the underside of the cross pieces.  Each end of the webbing had 4-5 staples, so I was busy for over an hour just pulling staples. I really underestimated how long this project was going to take but in the end it was worth it. TOTALLY worth it.  🙂 🙂

(FYI- There's other options besides Pirelli webbing, but I felt that being a purist in this case was justified. )

Did I mention there were a LOT of staples to remove??

Pirelli webbing

Here’s my replacement webbing.  It’s hard to describe, but it’s like a rubberized cloth.  But a really, really thick cloth.  There’s fibers in it, and it’s like they were layered with rubber.  Unusual stuff, but it’s tough and stretchy, but no too stretchy.

(FYI- There's other options besides Pirelli webbing, but I felt that being a purist in this case was justified. )

Here’s a close-up of the underside with the staples removed and the old webbing pulled out.  Pulling the staples really dinged up the wood, but it’s the bottom of the couch and no one is ever going to look there, so no biggie.

Mid Century couch makeover. New webbing...

Whew!  FINALLY! I’ve got all the old, crunchy webbing off!!  Time for a short break!Mid century couch - new Pirelli webbing

Here’s a shot of the new webbing stapled in place.  Also a TON of work, but it’s gonna look SOOOOOO good when it’s done, and I am on a roll!

Mid century couch - new Pirelli webbing

Staple, pull, staple, cut. Repeat. Staple, pull, staple, cut.  Repeat. Staple, pull, staple, cut. Just do this about 15 times and wah lah!  You’re finished!

Mid century couch refurbishing

On to the reupholstery job.  Now we make it pretty! 🙂

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

I removed the two long cushions and laid them out to take some measurements.

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

I measured and cut the fabric for each of the two cushions, and got everything pinned in place and ready to stitch up on the sewing machine.

 

 

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

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Mid century couch makeover reupholster

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

Mid century couch makeover reupholster

Here’s the finished product!  After lots of cutting, pinning and sewing, this couch has a new outfit. 🙂 I’m happy with the new, updated look, and the color works so much better in the room.  On to the next DIY project!

Mid Century Chair Before & After Furry Furniture

BEFORE & AFTER MID CENTURY CHAIR MAKEOVER (FURRY FURNITURE)

I’m still neck deep in my obsession with all things Mid Century, so I’ve been working on tweaking the look of my mid century living room and the pieces I’ve accumulated so far.  I picked up a lounge chair frame a while back on Craigslist for $60, knowing I’d need to purchase new cushions and I’d have to sew a cushion cover.  But for me that translates to a fun project, so bring it on!  I was inspired by the “furry furniture” trend that I’m noticing all over. From Target to West Elm, everyone seems to have their version of some sort of furry furniture item.  Stools, benches, cushions, pillows, etc.  You know what I mean right? Have you noticed it too?

 

Anyways, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be fun to upholster the lounge chair with faux fur? It would put a new spin on the furry furniture trend, and in my vision it seemed like a really cozy idea for the chair.  So my decision was made. I was off to buy 3 yards of creamy white faux fur. That’d be just enough to make two nice box cushions.   Here’s how it came together…

Mid Century Chair Before and After Furry Furniture

Here’s the chair when I started with the two bare cushions purchased online, pre-covered with a nice layer of batting.  Got them for a great price! I measured and cut the faux fur to fit the dimensions of the two cushions, then pinned and sewed.

I folded the fur in half, and sewed on three sides leaving a 12 inch opening on one side to turn the fabric and insert the cushion. Once I finished sewing the sides I trimmed the excess fur from the edges, and folded and sewed each corner to create the “boxed”  effect.  The cushions are three inches thick so I created a 3 inch boxed corner. Once you’ve stitched the boxed corner be sure cut off any excess fabric.  Here’s what the corner looks like when you’ve turned the fabric right side out.

Next, I folded the cushion in half and kept it folded while inserting into the cover through the opening in the cushion cover.  Sewing with faux fur definitely has its challenges.  Firstly, it’s messy. Bits of fur get all over your carpet when your cutting through the fabric. Secondly, the layers can get fairly thick so it can be difficult to feed the fabric through the sewing machine, but on the upside because it’s so fuzzy it’s very forgiving in terms of straightness of stitches, and perfecting the corners.  It’s really all hidden by the fur! I hand-stitched the opening closed and then the first cushion cover was done!

I repeated the steps for the back cushion and then my wonderful new furry mid century chair was ready for use!

Mid Century Furry Furniture Chair

I’m very, very pleased with the results, and it came together in less than 90 minutes.  I’m already noodling other ideas for using faux fur.  I’m thinking possibly of making a mid century faux fur bench?  Hmmm…maybe. If I do manage to pull that off that idea, you can be sure I will share the results here!