Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Recovered Ficks Reed Garbage Pick

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.

Really good.

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.

And painting.  

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.

Probably tomorrow.

See you then!

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Art and Sand said...

I am not familiar with Ficks Reed although I am sure I have seen some.

It is amazing how nice the piece looks now.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

That looks amazing Karen!
Great job. Love it on the porch with the glider.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the way you operate, Karen! It feels good to know I'm not the only one who can start a project one year and finish it 2 or 3 years later. :)

The corner piece looks super comfy and so fresh with its new paint color and nicely recovered cushions. I'd love to have a piece like that on my back porch....if I had a back porch. Well done!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Love it! Very fresh and bright!

Unknown said...

I love this so much! You did an amazing job!

Unknown said...

Also, my sweetie would not go help me get this - he asked "Would Karen think it was worth it?" (no, as we now know.) We saw it as we walked home from the gym - the sprinkler was hitting it. I got my determination together and went back an finagled it into my car. I'm totally in love with it and these pictures don't entirely do it justice, as lovely as they are. I do wish I had found the rest of the pieces.

It was worth the wait.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

That is fabulous! I would totally hire you to do cushions for me in whatever time frame!

SharonFromMichigan said...

Wow that came out gorgeous! I love the pale green color. I also get "distracted" from projects and go back to them later to finish up. This piece was definitely worth it! Beautiful work!!! (found you from Funky Junk Interiors)

Anonymous said...

Looks good

Alex said...

This is called to get something out of nothing, it was useless and you took and renovated your sofa and now it is looking amazing!!


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