From Rags to Riches…”Getting the Look”…Part 2


December 2, 2013 by Terry

Earlier I posted about the chair I reupholstered … sort of a “Restoration Hardware look” without the price of Restoration Hardware.  Now I am super sad to say that all the photos I took during the redo of the couch have disappeared somehow!  I am very upset as I worked like a little maniac on this couch and found a lot of yuck inside when I disassembled it….SUPER YUCKY things inside!!!  Everything had to be taken off and thrown away…all that was left was the wood and springs.  Even a bit of the wood had to be replaced as it was cracked and weak.  remember the before picture?  (still NOT my kid in this pic!)

Oh!  I do have one example of the eeeewww that I uncovered in the arm when I took off the side…Fingernail clippings etc.  YUCK!


During the whole reupholstering process I befriended a lovely lady named Lucy.  Her husband and she own the upholstery shop where I was getting all my supplies.  They were super helpful with tips when I needed some.  As I said earlier I am not a terrific seamstress…I only have a little sewing machine, nothing heavy-duty for doing this type of work.  They were kind enough to invite me to use their upholstery machine for making the cushion covers as it has the proper presser foot for doing piping and sewing through multiple layers of fabric.


They were so patient with me as I stayed there from 1:30pm one afternoon until 8:00pm to get both covers finished.  I really had to take advantage of the the use of equipment…Now I want one of these machines!!!  It TRULY makes a difference having the proper tools to get the job done.  I had struggled at home originally using my own little machine to try  (two times) to make the cushion cover for the chair and it wasn’t working out as I only had a zipper foot to make the piping with.  THANK YOU Lucy and David!!!!!

Now I will refresh your memory with the Look I was wanting…


Of course the sofa I did is not as curvy, it has more straight lines and is a little more formal…but it still has the look of class and simplicity…


Now this sofa and chair do not belong to me and will not be living at my house so it makes it a little difficult to stage for the “after” pics.  The lighting in the room it is in is a little weak so some of the photos come out looking a little yellowish…still pretty though!


IMG_0042IMG_0045IMG_0049IMG_0029IMG_0032IMG_0041IMG_0021This lovely couple will be delivered to their new home today.. I’m soooo excited for my friend, she has been so patient in waiting for this project to be done.  Thank you!

I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!  What an elegant looking couple they are now! I love a good “Rags to Riches” story!  I hope I come across another one soon!

Have a Happy Monday all!



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17 thoughts on “From Rags to Riches…”Getting the Look”…Part 2

  1. These look great!! I’m 70% through reupholstering an arm chair, about 2 years in and more money than I can begin to remember! One day, it will be finished…one day…


    • Thank you for stopping by! What type of chair is it? I would probably still be putting around on it too if it wasn’t for the fact that it was for a…I needed room to spur up my christmas tree! Ha!
      Take care!



  2. Love how they turned out! I haven’t ventured into the upholstery arena yet and am so impressed! :)


    • I just checked out your blog and I wish I lived in the US so I could swing by and get that lovely chair you just posted about!!! Looooove it! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment!



  3. you are a miracle worker! love what you did to these gorgeous pieces. bravo.

    stop by if you have a moment to see what i did to embellish the wall in my dressing room.


    hello lovely


    • Hi Michele! You are kind, thank you for your nice comment! You don’t know it but I have been a closet follower of yours for quite some time…I know that sounds weird but before I started my blog I had/have your blog bookmarked on my computer…You have beautiful taste and a stunning eye for design, I enjoy reading your blog so I am flattered you stopped by on mine!
      Take care!


  4. Kim says:

    Your sofa looks wonderful. I love to reupholster pieces but so far I haven’t gotten past doing chairs. I’d love to be able to advance a little farther and do a sofa. I have two extra sofas in storage in my basement just waiting for me to get up the nerve. I’m curious where you found your material and what type of material you used. Thanks for sharing! You can check out my blog at


    • Hi Kim! Sofas are the same as doing chairs only on a larger scale. It actually goes pretty well once you know how the piece goes back together. Sometimes I take pictures of the taking apart process so I can refer back to it if I get stuck. I actually just used painter’s drop cloth as I was on a very tight budget and I knew I was going to be needing new foam for the back and seat and that was pretty pricey! About $190.00 just for the seat cushion! The only thing I did not like about using this material is that it likes to frey and that makes the sewing part a little tricky and frustrating! Thanks for stopping by!


  5. vmg206 says:

    {Swoon!} I am so in love with these pieces. I adore the fabric and love the feet. Great job! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206


  6. […] Megin’s favorite was from the Curator’s Collection and her Rags to Riches furniture re-do. You NEED to see this one!  […]


  7. […] From Rags to Riches from The Curator’s Collection […]


  8. Deana says:

    Beautiful! I love the chippy arms, they look so great against the natural fabric.


  9. […] Megin of VMG206 chose ~ 157. From Rags to Riches by The Curators Collection […]


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