Julieanne’s Vintage Love Seat

Today, Julieanne is sharing how she gave new life to a worn love seat with just a bit of paint and fabric. It looks like a brand new piece.


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Submitted by: Julieanne Milne


Side by side image of a vintage wood loveseat makeover. On the left is the before with wood and no cushion. On the right it is pink with a new floral cushion.


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Materials used

Flathead screwdriver

glue gun

electric sander


fabric and beading

staple gun




Image shows tools and a tool bag.


How to


1. Remove the old staples with a small flat head screwdriver and pliers



2. Remove the old fabric


Close up image of a hand using a flathead screwdriver to remove the old cushion nails from the frame of the loveseat.


3. Wipe your furniture over with a damp cloth to remove all the dust


Close up image of a hand using a rag to wipe down the wooden frame of a vintage loveseat


4. Paint on a coat of primer/undercoat


Close up image of adding primer to the wooden frame.


5. Paint on your main colour…you can add several coats depending on preference.


Paint the vintage love seat your final color.


6. Use an electric sander and lightly sand all the edges to give your piece a shabby chic look.



7. Make a newspaper template to make a new seat if your foam/rubber needs replacing. Lay the template on your rubber and trace around the outside.


Using newspaper to create a template for the seat foam.


9. Cut out your new rubber seat with an electric bread knife if you can get your hands on one..they are brilliant!


10. Sitthe foam/rubber on your seat to make sure it is the right size..trim if needed


11. Lay out your fabric and cut to the required size. Pull the fabric tight folding the edges under for a neat finish…then staple around the edges. (See here for a similar method in KIDS TYRE SEATING post)


Close up image of stapling the new cushion on the frame.


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