Dusty is gone, Goldie is born! A novice’s musings on upholstery pt 3

23 Jul

I realise I haven’t updated you recently on the progress of Dusty, my tired bench which had seen better days. Well, I have made some progress, although she isn’t finished!

I eventually removed the last tack and the final staple, and was able to get on with sanding and painting the frame. I sanded old Dusty down and then washed her with soapy water, before giving the entire frame two coats of white satin emulsion. Once the paintwork had dried, I began distressing it. I didn’t want to distress it too excessively – it’s bound to get scratched and bumped in this flat anyway! I used light sandpaper on the edges of the curves on the arms, and used a butter knife to scrape lines into the engravings on the front and back. Once this was done, I lightly cleaned the paintwork, to ensure no fragments of chipped paint remained, and finished the paint job with 2 coats of clear varnish.

Believe it or not, but I’ve also finished patching all the lovely materials together! Well, I certainly surprised myself – I was becoming the Mistress of Procrastination over this project. I was able to use the old fabric as a template, and have begun stapling the new cover onto the frame.


Yay! Goldie is born! The project is finally coming together, hurray !I’ve still got some way to go – I need to master the deep tufting on the seat back, and then I need to staple the material onto the frame, then embark on tapping the new tacks into place. I hope it doesn’t take as long as removing them!


However, I have noticed that my flat is at its messiest when a project is nearly complete. So, I guess if this picture is anything to go by, I must be nearly there…



2 Responses to “Dusty is gone, Goldie is born! A novice’s musings on upholstery pt 3”

  1. alexandrahindley 07/24/2013 at 20:46 #

    Oh, this is just too awesome! Beautiful piece of furnitue, I look forward to seeing it develop!



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