Sep 2, 2013

From Ugly Duckling to Swan (Hopefully)

This week I've chosen a very challenging project to undertake.  I "rescued" this sofa from a friend of mine and although the upholstery is truly ugly, the piece itself is gorgeous!

(Pardon the messy basement!  We are in the process of finishing it...yay!)

Mahogany is my favorite wood by far and this sweet little diamond in the rough has the most beautiful mahogany carvings.  No wonder it was so easy for me to fall in love with it!  I've had quite a few Duncan Phyfe sofas over the years, and I think the details on this one is the best of them all.
Tiger totally photobombed this shot!
Look at this workmanship!
My plan is to restore the wood (yes, no paint! ;) and give it a relaxed slipcovered look by using creamy white drop cloth fabric. I'm pretty comfortable with doing the entire sofa - except for the cushions.  Luckily, there is someone I can take them to if I totally fail.  How hard can this be (as I say this tongue and cheek)?   At least the structure is solid, so all I have to do is cut and sew....
I'll post teasers on the FB page, so keep checking this week!  Hopefully it will only take me a few days... 
Wish me luck!!
'Til then,


  1. I recently bought a neat sofa covered in heavy canvas....looks like drop cloth. I just love it.

  2. I can't wait to see it all finished! It'll be gorgeous! :-)

  3. The sofa is a beauty! I can't wait to see what you do to it! I'm a new follower and will be back to see how it turns out!


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