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Old sectional. Still in the family!

Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 05-24-2013 11:44 PM 4517 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s back!

When I worked in Dad’s small furniture manufacturing plant in the late 70’s, I got to learn quite a few things. Back in those days I didn’t do much else but sweep the floor, install springs, strip old furniture (upholstery demo as Gary puts it) stuff cushions and deliver furniture. I remember when we made this sectional. It was a prototype for a style we would sell hundreds of. (Did I say small plant?). I put the springs on these pieces myself.

It went to my mother when the the two separated and I upholsterd it back in the mid 80’s. My sister got the sectional (she lost two of the pieces) after my mother upholstered it again. Mom tried hard but it was not the same anymore.

Well – sis loves cats and they loved her furniture. Yep. She threw the entire set into a leaky rusted shed for a few years where it developed an interesting cat odor and musty smell.

Mom – offered it to me. I drove down and ripped as much fabric and foam off the pieces as I could before transporting them from Houston back to Dallas. They have been sitting in the garage for the most part – sort of. Not important.

I had barely enough fabric to upholster this set. That made it rather time consuming and I had to get creative and combine two different fabrics to make it work. This combination of fabrics may not be your cup of tea but they comine well with the southwest style of my den. I absolutely love it. If I had more fabric, I would not have been as creative with the back cushions. All I had were scraps to work with.

I’m thrilled that the sectional has rejoined the family. It also means that I’m mostly done with my upholstery shop because that spot is EXACTLY where I had the sewing machine sitting. Yeah – A big milestone in my home redo has passed!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 05-24-2013 11:51 PM

Examples of scraps made into back cushions:

Leftovers:

A different set up option:

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 05-24-2013 11:57 PM

By the way, I had to scavenge from a project that I just completed less than six months ago.

Ying and Yang are no more.

http://homerefurbers.com/projects/757

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 05-24-2013 11:57 PM

Mark, You do some amazing upholstery work & woodwork.
What an excellent job, to be able to resurrect something with that much history.
Looks like it’s good for another Generation!
Wonderful Job!!

-- Nick, Virgina Beach, http://lumberjocks.com/nonickswood/projects

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 05-28-2013 10:51 PM

Thank you very much Nick. I wish I deserved those woodworking compliments but I think I’m a respectable upholsterer. I am really happy with it. My wife was showing it off to yet another neighbor today. I think that means she likes it.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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