I've been missing you!
I bought it June 22, 2012.
For a reason I can't tell you yet, I decided to get it ready to be used for Thanksgiving.
It was REALLY REALLY dirty.
So I started stripping it.
First I vacuumed it like 30 times.
Still, as I removed the upholstery it shed sandy grit all over the drop cloth I had underneath it.
It had approximately 7,623,419 staples and tacks in it..
Could I just say that IF you get brave enough to remove upholstery from something like this, invest in the proper tools to remove the upholstery.
Yes. You can use a flat head screwdriver and needle nosed pliers.
If you do this you will get at least 5 larger blisters, and then blisters on top of those.
For less than $20 you can get a staple remover and heavy duty tack remover that combined with a pair of gloves will save your hands mightily.
That is what I am going to do.
This is what it looks like naked
Since this settee is going to be used at the dining room table I think that slip covers are the way to go here. I want to be able to clean the cover.
But the whole thing needed to be upholstered to cover up the creepy insides. I decided that it wasn't so creepy that I wanted to replace all of the batting. I just covered it up with another layer of batting.
Then I "upholstered" the whole thing in duck canvas.
I say "upholstered" because the job is NOT fine upholstery.
Probably not even good upholstery.
Lots of mistakes were made.
And although I caved and went ahead and bought this to help with the stapling, I think I will have to invest in a couple of other upholstery tools before I start work on a few of the other pieces in my garage.
Thank goodness for slipcovers.
That's what I've been doing.
Now I'll be going because I have a slipcover to get made and photographed before Friday.
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