Isn’t it swell to have friends in the same mindset as you? The ones that can drive past a pile of trash and see something they know you’ll love. I love friends like that. sniff sniff. My friend and fellow junker, Mandy, was driving home one day and spied this antique settee amidst other goodies on the curb one day. She gave me a quick call and told me she saw something that she thought I would like. gulp.
You bet your lucky stars she peaked my interest. My kids and I love a good trashure hunt, so we hopped in the truck and headed over. Would you have left it sitting curbside? Not me!
The best part is, that wasn’t the only goodies to be found. Here is what else I scored on that run.
Table legs, bed posts, lumber, a surveyors tripod, lamp shade, footstool, and a bag of garment hangers….POTENTIAL! The next day, Mandy saw they were putting out more stuff and actually went out in the rain with her husband to get some gorgeous mirrors. How cool is that?! I’ll share more on those later.
I was beyond excited to have found all this good stuff and my kids were giddy at the haul too. Making memories is the best part. One day we’ll be sitting around the table saying, “Remember when…”. I love it!
So you may think, that a busted arm can’t be fixed or maybe you think easy fix. Well, both are wrong. Yes, a busted arm can be fixed but it isn’t always easy. It depends on the break. Take a look…
Originally the arm was held in place by two dowel pins that were inserted into the frame. Clearly it had been broken here and also at the base where the dowel was completely busted.
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The bottom half was an easy repair, just drill out the dowel remnants and replace with a new dowel. (lining up the dowel holes can be tricky though). As for the upper, I went to one of my favorite tools ever, the Kreg Jig– a pocket hole screw system that makes building so much easier!
Clamped that baby on and made some pocket holes and then attached with screws and refinished. Good as new and… dare I say…even better than new! The rest of the frame was another issue. I had to knock it apart and re-glue and do a few minor repairs since most joints were loose or coming apart.
Here it is stripped after one million staples later, and ready for a face-lift.
As much as I wish I could say that I was going to keep the frame that gorgeous mahogany, it just wasn’t possible with the repairs that I made. Since the arm was badly busted, it took a good bit of wood filler, etc. and that wouldn’t hide, so I decided to paint. It hurt thought, I tell ya.
At first I hated painting, but when I found that my two layers of Kilz stain blocker weren’t working at first, I was getting frustrated and was ready to call it quits or paint it black. You see, any cherry or mahogany stained furniture is going to bleed red stain no matter what you do and Kilz has worked for me every time. It was after the third coat that the color was finally sealed in. Yay!!
I decided to use my favorite antique white like I’ve used in so many projects before like this antique dressing table, this other curbside vanity, and this chest of drawers as a couple of examples. To top it off, I used my handmade wax.
The reason I choose the white is because I fell in love with this upholstery.
A soft green linen with creamy white accents and trim. Do you blame me? I also had these fantastic porcelain casters I had been saving for just the right project. This sweet piece was it since the settee was fitted for casters and they would add so much character.
Once I got started painting and upholstering, I got lost in my project and didn’t take any pictures…sorry!
Are you ready to see my curbside beauty restored? I am!
This antique settee would be staying with me if I had room…seriously. I love the upholstery, the simple lines, and it’s oh-so-cozy to sit on. But, alas, it is up for grabs in my shop. (SOLD)
Do you blame me for considering keeping it? I mean, it could live with the kids, right? They’ll move out eventually. tee hee.
I am definitely considering using the same upholstery on my own living room furniture I have yet to redo.
So tell me…what do you think of my antique settee makeover?
I hope this antique settee project and that it inspires you to take a second look at those curbside treasures, and see the potential in them with a bit of TLC.
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Next up for a makeover is this desk…hmmm… Head here to see.