Here’s what happened when I had my sofa reupholstered

Here’s what happened when I had my sofa reupholstered

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing






Hey My Loves,

I’m often asked where I got my purple sofa from and I happily share. But, not many you know how challenging it was for me to find this diamond in the rough. Or, my steps of having it transformed into the master piece it is today. Well, today I’m here to tell all.

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And so, the story goes…

I know sharing the video above is a bit of a spoiler, but that’s just the happy ending. Since you can’t have a happy ending without a story, let me take you back just a bit.

When I began my sofa hunt, I knew the style and colors I loved. I knew I wanted something tufted, velvet, purple (or maybe teal 🤔 no purple), with a French and Baroque flare (I’m fancy like that 💁🏽). Most importantly, I knew I didn’t want to pay a fortune (I’m also cheap like that 🤷🏽‍♀️) . The task of finding just what I was looking for was not only time consuming, but exhausting. After months of looking, I learned the keys to conquering this task was patience, a bit of luck, and the willingness to compromise. But most of all, patience 😳. I traveled from furniture store to antique store and spent hours on Google, Pinterest, Instagram, you name it.

Low and behold, I finally found my package deal of a gem on Craig’s List for less than $500.00. That was three whole pieces for only $500 😮!!! I’ll admit, they were a bit of an eye sore, but they had lovely bones. So, I compromised and decided I couldn’t pass up a steal with all of this potential.

Check out some before pictures:

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing




 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing



I found my sofa and chairs, now what?

Once I’d located the perfect set, I began my research on upholsterers. I knew I could splurge a bit to customize these pieces since I got such a good deal. So, I called and visited shops all around the city of Houston.

Any potential upholsterer, I paid a visit. It was important for me to feel comfortable with the company I would be leaving my furniture with. I needed to be able to sit and have a conversation about my needs and wants in the shop with the upholsterer.

My furniture makeover cost me about $2000.00. This included fabric, reupholstering, and refinishing(gold paint). The refinishing by itself was nearly half of the overal cost.

Check out the useful tips below if this is something you are considering.

 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing




 

The Big Reveal (sort of)…

Always inspect your pieces as soon as they’re returned. I had to send my chairs back twice. When I sat down with the upholsterer, we discussed different options on how to reupholster the chairs. Ultimately, I decided on purple tufted velvet in front and white silk fabric with a damask pattern on the back. Also, the piping needed match the fabric on either side. This was somehow either lost in translation or in all of the notes scribbled on my order sheet. Never the less, I did NOT receive what I envisioned. So, I sent them back. After it was returned the second time, I noticed a small snag in the fabric, so they had to be returned again 😞.

This was a bummer, but mistakes can and will happen from time to time. A good company will recognize any mistakes and take care of them right away with no additional cost to you.

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Photo of chair front upholstered incorrectly

 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Photo of chair back upholstered incorrectly

 

Remember I said patience? Having your furniture reupholstered is very time consuming. It took about 10wks for me to receive all 3 pieces. Granted, this was over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. But, to have these custom pieces of art in my unworthy living room, was well worth the wait.



 

The Big Reveal (for real this time 😜)…

I was sooo estactic to finally have my finished furniture delivered. Can you say mind blow? Can you say expectations met? Can you say expectations exceeded? ⬅️⬅️ Can you say extra 😏? But really y’all, the final outcome was the bomb-diggity!!! Enough said, you be the judge. Check it out:

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing



 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing



 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

 




I’m loving every inch of this makeover job. I often say they are way too expensive looking to sit in my house 😜, but they defintely don’t belong anywhere else. Even though I didn’t do this myself, the whole process was still a labor of love. And every bit worth it. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

Reupholster Antique Furniture | Purple Velvet Sofa | Craig's List Find | Furniture DIY | Furniture Refinishing

 

Want to see more of my living room? Click to check out my  Living Room Tour. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

If you are in the Houston area, check out Sheer Perfection Fabrics & Upholstery. This shop is by far the best of all that I’ve visited. Not only do they do really good work, the customer service is awesome and their prices are beyond fair.

 

I hope you all have a blessed day.

AngelaEast Signature on angelaeast.com

 


 

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