Reupholstering Furniture - Small Pieces

A client brought me this old settee that she has had in her family for a long time. As you can see, it wasn't in the best shape.
Jumping right in, I took apart all of the cushions and stuffing and found this amazing spring system that was used prior to foam cushions.
Make sure.... when you are taking a part old furniture that you do this in a well ventilated space and wear protective eye and face gear. There are so many particles that come apart and into the air. The older the piece, the worse this will be.
I created a new cushion base and used muslin as a material pattern and tacked this into the wood. I chalk painted this so I didn't have to prime and prep the wood.
Once the material was on, I added my own cording around the edges.
If you want to find out more about how I did this, head on over to my blog. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm more than happy to help you recreate some of those old pieces in your home. Visit me at

Paula Driesell
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  • Angie Angie on Sep 26, 2019

    With chalk paint do you need to use glaze and wax? Whats the difference?


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