I don't think I ever would have stopped for this.
The rattan is in beautiful shape. The wicker is perfect. The cushions, well they were a little gross, but in pretty good shape.
But it's a corner piece.
Some rich person's corner piece for their Ficks Reed sectional.
Now if they had left another part of the sectional I would have been on it like a rat on a cheeto.
I mean Ficks Reed furniture is some good stuff. Still.
They started out in 1885 making woven reed and wicker baby carriages.
They expanded their product line over the years and made some really good stuff.
Like I wish I had some good.
So my friend Jennifer who picked this from someone's garbage got kinda lucky.
But it's still a corner.
But it's deep. And plush.
You can take a nap on it.
So she decided that it was worth recovering.
Notice how we started painting BEFORE we took the before?
That's what I do.
She painted it
I got to recover the cushions.
I am NOT doing a tutorial.
It was a lot of steps.
Steps that would scare you off recovering cushions for all of eternity.
I will tell you a couple of things.
I used the cushion covers as my pattern.
When the covers came off, what was underneath was just a tad gross.
But the foam was still firm.
So I covered the cushions completely with muslin. It covered up all the cooties.
And all the ugly.
I used the creme colored version of a fabric I have used in her house before. She has 4 cats so you have to pick your fabrics carefully. Most of her furniture gets more wear from the cats than it does from people.
16 sets of claws and loads of cat hair can be hard on fabric if you don't pick the right one.
This fabric has worn fantastically on this piece so we felt confident about using it here. It is an outdoor fabric - a really good choice for people with cats - and comes in several colors that could be used in any room.
Oops. I just tried to find it online (JoAnn) and I couldn't find it. We did buy it like 3 years ago.
Something else you might remember about me.
I'm not always prompt with my projects.
I did the muslin cover last summer.
And then . . . crickets.
I finally guilted myself into finishing it right before July 4 this year.
Makes you want to hire me to cover your cushions huh?
And you want to know what else?
The first time I covered it - I did it backwards.
I had to take it apart and make it again!
It was so sad.
But it's done now.
And sits on the porch with the nice new tufted cushion for the glider.
And another new chair that sits right by this little gem - that I will share with you later.
See you then!