Old Sofa Makeover Turns Into A Stunning Piece Of Art

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Have you ever wondered what to do with the old sofa left out in the garage? It takes space but you don’t want to throw it away because it brings tons of happy family memories? Ready for a great DIY ?

old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
The sofa on the pictures is an old one that I found on a second-hand furniture website. For most of you, It may seems totally unrecoverable…but I really loved it.

I decided to keep the pebble knitting on the backrests because it was in a much better condition. I removed it from the seats carefully so that nothing remained in the holes.
old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
Then I painted the entire wooden part with chalk paints. I personally love using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – it is easy to work with, dries out immediately, the final result is stunning.
old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
When the chalk paint dried out, I did seal with a colorless wax of the same brand and then scribbled the wooden part with fine sandpaper in some places (mainly the edges) to get a vintage effect.
old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
Then I formed fluffy cotton foam cushions for the backrests and attached them to the seats with a stapler.
old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
On the seats in place of the missing caning, I managed to do something like a string of twine as a basis for the seating.
old sofa makeover turns into a stunning piece of art
Once I chose the coloring, I stretched out the top of the fabric and attached it with a stapler. In the end, I stuck a chic decorative edge with a hot glue gun.

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  • Iri24677049
    on May 19, 2018

    How did you do the base for the seating ? Looking to redo some chairs

    • Sandra Jean Adkins
      on May 25, 2018

      I’d suggest parachute cord. Run length wise and then weave front to back at one inch spacing. It will

      hold its shape better than any twine. I did some old outdoor rockers like this ten years ago and they’re still

      tight and sturdy.

  • Jeanne Johnson Ortego
    on May 21, 2018

    Can you please give a more detailed description of what you did to replace the caning on the seat? I have some vintage rockers with similar seats. They've been redone a few times, but the caning doesn't stay. I was going to replace with a plywood seat and cushion. Yours looks so much prettier!

  • Dee Watts
    on May 25, 2018

    Could you use chicken wire for the seats?

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