Some time ago, I did a trade with a fantastic client, local photographer Dana Moran Photography to reupholster this Settee. Dana found this gem at an estate sale for a bargain. In return of the trade, I will get some very chic family photos taken!  (The before has disappeared along with half of my son’s socks…)

The before is sort of missing in action. It was a dated Green poly fabric, torn in places. I started by removing all the fabric, and staples, which was no small feat! Once I had everything removed, it looked a little bare!

We decided to go with an indoor/outdoor fabric. This settee needs to hold up as a prop and being taken outdoors for creative photo shoots.
I used the existing pieces as a template for our new fabric, cut to size . I used a VERY long upholstery needle for the tufting (A must if you are going to do this), and began stapling away. I really liked the ruffle detail the original had along the edge, so I duplicated it with the cream fabric. Just ironed it in place, (kind of eyeballed the measurement), then sewed the edges to hold the pleats.  Really, I do not have any special sewing skills, just patience. This is not nearly as difficult as it looks.
Added Black Trim to the seams.  The Legs received a coat of black wax to give them a “stockinged” look.   Voila, she has a new dress on!
See, you truly can put a new gown on an old figure and manage to look tres elegant!

This Grande Dame never did make it to any parties, so she is making her debut now. Showing off at these elegant affairs:

Prodigal Pieces



  1. Kris

    This is amazing. I am tellin ya I think there is not end to your talent. Wow this came out beautiful. Man I wish you lived closer to me!!! Great job. Love this.

  2. Catherine

    What a cOOl piece!
    You’re amAzing~ you go girl!

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Wow, what a big project! And it turned out beautifully Karen! Love the fabric combination!

  4. Fran

    It’s beautiful as usual. You’ve done a great job, love the black and white also. 🙂

  5. Cynthia

    This is just lovely, great job and talent!


  6. Sayuri@Vintage Breeze

    This is amazing, Karen you’re so talented!!!
    Love the choices of fabric too, great makeover 🙂

  7. Linda

    Talk about a reclamation, this one is terrific. There was a day when I did this kind of project, but no more. I’ve run out of gas!

  8. Julie Fagundes

    This is FABULOUS!!! I just love it…

    Have a great day and a Happy Easter!

  9. ann

    You did an amazing job. It turned out beautiful.

  10. The French Hens Nest

    Amazing! Wow! I love it Karen. Great job.
    Have a Happy Easter!
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  11. Jeannie

    Well Karen, you’ve outdone yourself! Love it. You are so talented. My sister Linda, above comment, loved it, she told me to check it out. Like I said, I love it! Happy Easter!

  12. Carol Cook

    She is absolutely beautiful. I recovered a camel back sofa many years ago, but I never had the nerve to try it again.

  13. Sharon B.

    I’m so glad I saw this over at Elizabeth & Co. This is just beautiful! I love the fabric choices. So so pretty. Sharon

  14. Angelina - JoJo and Eloise

    SHUT UP!!! This is beyond AMAZING!! I totally want it.. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking this up to Knock Our Socks Off!!

  15. cassie

    pretty! love the fabric choices together!

  16. Jan Olsen

    You are so talented! Love it! I collect junk thinking someday I’m going to do something with that

  17. Patricia Krank

    Ooh la la is right! This is gorgeous and it looks so comfy. LOVE!

  18. Danielle

    Wow! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  19. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Wow, so very sophisticated! And quite an undertaking … you go girl!

  20. DesignedByBH

    I LOVE this! I’m pinning and sharing on Hometalk. I’ve also started stalking you on all social media, and I’m curious how I missed you at Haven!?!?
    So glad you linked up to Twirl & Take a Bow with this and the post about the pretty little stool!
    ~ Brooke ~

  21. V the First

    Super!!!!! This is really gorgeous

  22. Amy

    I’m pretty sure I just bought the exact same settee at a consignment shop. I’m making a slipcover for it. Did yours originally have yellow and cream stripes?

    • GTC

      No, it was a torn up old fabric. I had so much fun putting this piece back together. Good luck with your project!


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