Most of my posts on this blog are about makeovers that take a lot of work. The makeovers range from painting dressers and reviving end tables to sanding chippy tables and upcycling broken barrels. Very rarely do I rescue pieces that don’t need a lot of work. Those pieces are usually out of my price range and I like being able to put my own stamp on things. That’s why I DIY! I love every one of the projects I take on and would not trade them for anything, but it is nice to find a piece that doesn’t need a ton of work to make it new. This Settee Makeover With Barn Wood was one of those projects.
The sale that I found this settee at did not look promising. I was about to call it quits and get back in my van when I noticed it sitting way off on the other side of the yard. There was a price tag on it, but I thought maybe it was sold and had been set aside.
I had to ask if it was still for sale.
It was!!!! (Always ask. You never know until you ask.)
I told her I was going to take it and she had to tell me the story behind it (I love the stories).
She told me that when she was growing up in a small town in Iowa, this settee was in the barn of the old lady that lived next to them. “So back then, this settee was old”, she said. When the old lady died, this lady’s mother was given the settee. Her mother kept it in her house until she passed away. Then, this lady came to own it. She paid someone to strip it down to the bare bones, but never got around to finishing it. I told that I loved the story more than the piece. I was happy to take it home and make it functional again.
This settee was sturdy, did not have any issues and was a blank slate to work with.
Oh, and ….. the springs are HUGE! I need to come up with a project for them all on their own.
Look at all the detail. You can see where the original fabric used to be.
I was amazed at how well this piece looked for how old it is!
I knew I wasn’t going to upholster this piece, so I removed all of the springs.
Then, Matt can barn wood to fit the seat area.
After we sanded the barn wood, it looked really good against the rest of the settee.
The barn wood looks amazing!
It is always fun styling a piece and I had to lay the blanket on the seat to see if I would want to get a “cushion” for it. I don’t think so. I really like the barn wood showing.
Had to get a few more shots of this easy makeover.
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What would you have done with this settee? Like I said earlier, I love all the projects we take on, but it is nice to find something that doesn’t need a lot of TLC to make functional and pretty again.
On to the next!
If you don’t have a settee to make over, but would like to add one to your space, I found some beautiful options online:
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