Before & After: Worn Vintage Settee Gets a Facelift

updated Dec 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Danielle Davies)

Last year Danielle picked up a vintage settee for $50 and, with her mom as co-pilot, wanted to take it on as her first foray into upholstery. She was conflicted about the fabric to use: something modern and bold or something more traditional? Readers chimed in, many urging her to have it professionally recovered instead of trying it herself and the majority of readers advised going with a classic print and color for the fabric. Did she take either piece of advice?…

(Image credit: Danielle Davies)

No and yes! She and her mom went AGAINST advice and decided to conquer this project themselves but she DID listen to readers regarding the fabric choice. Danielle explains:

My mom and I ventured in on our first re-upholstery project together and couldn’t have been happier with the results. I bought this vintage settee for $50 from a store that buys up estates just before a Nor’easter hit the east coast one blistery winter day. The “before” photo doesn’t do enough justice to how worn the piece was. The back which we though must have been a piece of plywood was actually a rock hard piece of rotted foam.

The next few weeks and months my mom and I used our spare time after work to rip this piece apart and put it back together. We had some hesitation about our initial fabric choice (pictured on the right in our original Good Question) and after seeing the responses decided to go with the same pattern in a more neutral color. The settee quickly made a home in my sister’s old bedroom but I (much to my mother’s chagrin) moved it cross-country with me this summer into my new house. We are still working on the pillow situation but the furry one is a keeper for sure!

Lovely result, Danielle! Thanks for sharing!

  • See Danielle’s original Good Question and read the comments: Classic or Bold Upholstery on Quality Vintage Settee?
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