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Fainting Couch Revival

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My friend got rid of a fainting couch because the leather was cracked and chipped and the legs were falling off. I thought I could repair the leather but when I picked it up I saw that it was fake leather. I decided to reupholster it with vinyl so it can be wiped with soap and water.
Time: 3 Days Cost: $150 Difficulty: Advanced
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Before
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The couch before repair. I liked the shape of it and thought it was worth it to get it fixed up.
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Removing the million staples took about a day.
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I used the original fabric as template and cut the pieces exactly as they were, so I didn't have to measure and test the fit.
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I noted the order that the pieces were put on and I replaced the material in the same order.
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I used a staple gun to put on the pieces. The hardest part was the curved top back because the material stretches very little.
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I reused what I could. The carboard strip was still usable so I put it back to get a straight line on the back.
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The bottom dust cover came off pretty intact. I washed it before I put it back to cover up the bottom. I found 3 of the leg metal threads inside rolling around. I just had to get one more to get the legs fixed. The upholstery store owner gave me the one piece for free.
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These are the back legs. Standard wood legs since they are not seen. The front legs are bigger and more detailed.
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I lightly sanded all the wood parts before painting. It had an ugly scroll pattern, which I filled with wood filler and sanded smooth. I didn't want fancy pattern since I picked a more modern geometric pattern on the upholstery material.
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First coat of paint was coffee brown.
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Second coat of paint was a faint pink craft paint. I bought it to paint some rattan chairs but never got around to do it. I wanted to have some colour showing once the pieces are distressed. Third coat of paint is white.
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Before the paint dried, I wiped it with a dry cloth to distress it. I sanded the edges a bit.
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I will add a metal embellishment to cover the screw heads on the arm.
I was concerned that the material would be cut by the sewing machine needle if I put in the zipper on the seat, that I decided to use a heavy duty double sided tape to close it. I wrapped the seat like a present and I just closed it with tape. The vinyl can be wiped with soap and water, it will never have to be removed for washing. If the material gets too worn, I can just recover is again. The original lasted more than a decade, I think this material will last at least as long since we don't sit on it every day like the previous owners did.
  • Trixie63
    Trixie63 Lima, OH

    Holy smokes what a great job! You made it look easy but I know how frustrating corners can be. You did amazing on the scroll arm!

  • M. K. M.
    M. K. M. Canada

    Great effort!

  • Joni
    Joni John Day, OR

    Don't give up your day job!

  • W
    W Atlanta, GA

    Painting the wood a natural tone would look better in my opinion.

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