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  1. Jan Siler
    January 27, 2017 @ 6:50 pm

    Experiment with dye!


  2. Nic
    January 27, 2017 @ 11:32 pm

    I did the same thing.

    Except it did end up in the dumpster because A. I didn’t have a Paul. And B. The tacks had become structural and it literally fell apart when we pulled the upholstery off. It did help that we got it for free. My best friend and I were roommates at the time and tackled it together. We still refer to it as the couch incident when trying to evaluate just how rosy our glasses are when deciding about a new project.

    Love it!


  3. Charlotte
    January 28, 2017 @ 2:33 am

    Victoria, when I see you’ve posted a blog, everything else stops, because I just have to see/read what you have been up to. I also vote Paul for sainthood! You two together make quite a pair! Love your style of writing and look forward to many more. (I covered a seat that matched an old-fashioned dresser, and it looked great! It was fun doing it, but there is no way I’d even THINK about upholstering anything else.) Thank you for your very enjoyable blogs!


  4. Bev
    January 28, 2017 @ 10:53 am

    Hilarious… and I feel like I was reading about myself😂😂😂😂. Minus Paul. My husband would have put it on the curb forbidding me to rescue it.


  5. Kim C
    January 28, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

    You can dye almost anything in any color with acrylic paint and fabric medium. I dye organza, chiffon and lycra superstretch for pageant clothing using this method. I do trim, lace, etc. all to match exactly. It’s soft and wonderful! Use a good quality craft paint or paints and match the color you need then add the fabric medium to it. 1 bottle of Textile medium/2 bottles of acrylic craft paint/1 gallon of water
    (needs to be heat seat either in dryer or by ironing) I use the dryer, but you WILL have to wipe out the dryer just as soon as you are done with either rubbing alcohol some other type of cleaner and dissipate fully before closing the dryer. Sounds like a big deal, but it isn’t at all.
    LOVE the upholstery! I do the same thing to my husband by the way. Our carport and barn is full of unfinished projects right now!


  6. Robert Myers
    January 29, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

    Thank the Lord, you didn’t send that piece to its fiery death and it is very beautiful now! Just for future Reference if you need intricate Renaissance, or Celtic Trims…


  7. Charlie Melton
    February 4, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

    Look for crystal nailhead trim. You can trim your sofa in giant sparkly fancy crystals.


  8. Charlie Melton
    February 4, 2017 @ 4:18 pm


  9. Faye
    February 7, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    I am laughing so hard right now!!! This is my life written by you. I am getting ready to give it another go on a chair.


  10. Patti Hurley
    February 8, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

    Is there any chance we could see the progress in the kitchen? I’m dying to see the island completely finished.


  11. Michelle
    February 17, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    could you create your own trim out of leftover velvet like this example?

    PS: you should really check out when you’ve run out of interesting things on Craigslist!
    PPS: PLEASE finish your slate countertops soon! I’m anxiously wanting to copy you!

    Thanks for the amazing inspiration!


  12. Desiree CLARK
    March 2, 2017 @ 11:56 am

    You are out of control, in the most loving way! God bless your wonderful husband, he comes to your rescue! Love your blog, it is just the best read ever!


  13. Lydia
    March 4, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    A fifty dollar John Jelliff loveseat? I am officially pea green with envy! Go you!! I also have a fabulous pair of Renaissance Revival chairs waiting on me to re-upholster. Found the perfect fabric at a garage sale but had difficulty finding the perfect trim. I think Laura may have saved me with her Etsy find. Thanks Laura! Unfortunately I don’t have a Paul so I’m going to have to do this one by myself.


  14. Julie
    March 14, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

    All of the Craigslist run and fetching…prying cabinets out and moving them…..cutting slate….(my HERO) and now I hear….HE APOSTERERS???? Wait….and HE TIES SPRINGS?

    After I fainted and got back up I just have to say you are the luckiest tresure hunter EVER.


  15. Christy
    July 9, 2017 @ 9:03 am

    Just finish it off with nail head trim. Get the kind that comes in a roll, that you only nail like every foot or so. Problem solved


  16. Kirsten
    July 14, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    I kind of feel like your whole blog could be called “Fortunately, Paul”. If you wanted it to.


  17. Audrey
    August 19, 2017 @ 12:48 am

    Omg I laughed until I cried when I read this! I have a beautiful old couch I picked up to redo and oh god, it is a project 🙂 and my husband is not handy at ALL! Will keep this to give me perspective & hope.


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