I was able to finish the vintage English settee yesterday. It’s super old and actually, deceivingly heavy. It started out in pretty rough shape…
It now has such charm and I’m thrilled with it!
The fabric cleaned up nicely after I sprayed it with upholstery cleaner. It isn’t perfect, and the cleaner did actually darken the fabric but it is preferable to the dark stains that covered it before. I love the sweet pattern but may decide to change it at a later date. I also need to work more on the underside, where the original batting is sagging in places, although the seat is in fine working order and actually super comfy to sit upon.
I decided to give the settee a lighter look by painting the wooden frame in Annie Sloan Old White, distressing and then waxing it. The frame has a wonderful shape that is now highlighted in the lighter paint.
My sweet settee! For the grand total of $22, quite the find!
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Came out gorgeous
Thanks so much, Jackie! I’m happy I could salvage the fabric. Amazing what Resolve can do 🙂
Love this settee and the original fabric is charming!
Thanks, Denise! Love that logo!
Beautiful job. I love it. Can you tell me know what upholstery cleaner you used/recommend?thanks
Hi Julie, thanks so much! It is Resolve upholstery cleaner. It does work well for getting stains out. I sprayed it once and scrubbed it with a sponge and then sprayed it again and let it sit and soak in for a few hours. The stains are gone. However, it did darken the fabric slightly but I really don’t mind as the stains were nasty and now it smells good and is clean. Cheers!
Thank you so much Suzanne. I really appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge!
Great job! Looks terrific and so unusual. Quite the find
So pretty! What a great find!
Thank you, Gigi!
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Glad to hear the fabric cleaned up nicely with the upholstery cleaner. It’s a very pretty settee Suzanne!
Thanks, Marie! Love that Resolve cleaner 🙂
It is a wonder and turned out so lovely,sorry about the material turning dark i,like you really like it but,it did turn out a very wonderful piece.
Thanks, Marlene! Yes, the fabric turning darker was a bit of a bummer but it is actually just a shade darker and, like I said, preferable to stains! I really think it is sweet so I’m glad I could save it. Cheers!
I love that you left the upolstery. I am getting tired of every blogger taking it off and covering it with a feed sack. Enough with the feed sacks!!
Oh, Gloria – I laughed out loud at your comment! So true! Enough already! Thanks for giving me such a chuckle!
Suzanne, that is so, so pretty! Wow! This was another jaw-dropper! Just so beautiful and am happy you kept the fabric. Wish I could find one of these!
Well done! Big tick!
Thanks, Elisabeth! Imagine how thrilled I was to find it 🙂 Cheers!
Quite a find indeed! It looks great. I’m surprised the fabric cleaned up so well. It really looks good with the new paint.
Thanks, Sandi and I was surprised about the fabric turning out so well too. Just lucky 🙂
Well done, as with everything. I celebrate with you about the fabric. I also love the fact that you say how much you found it for. That’s an added bonus.
You did a great job and it looks so pretty. I absolutely love settees and have one I rescued from the trash sixteen years ago. My busy schedule didn’t afford me time to refinish it, so it was done professionally. It was stripped down to the original mahogany and stained, along with adding new material (after the horsehair stuffing was removed), My settee is over 200 years old and I would love to find a few more. Great job in redoing your new find.
Thank you so much! Your settee sound soooo lovely. Congrats on a great find – have to love the trash to treasure stories!