Before & After: A Textile Designer Gives An Old Sofa A New Life


A few months ago, we featured the beautiful work of Georgia-based textile designer Kathryn Maresca. While we were immediately drawn to her talents with color and pattern, it turns out that she is also quite skilled at salvaging old, beat-up furniture. This old sofa, despite its funky watermelon color scheme, was in tremendous need of some TLC when Kathryn came across it. Using her own silkscreened fabric and upholstery tips gleaned from our own site, she was able to turn the once worn-down piece into a shining eye-catcher. The colors especially appeal to our newly-acquired nautical obsession (no, we’re not over it) and the untreated fabric on the seat provides a beautiful natural contrast to the sofa’s otherwise tidy frame. Check out more photos of this wonderful update after the jump! To tackle your own upholstery project, check out our Upholstery Basics column!

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That love seat has such great lines to it. What a find. Love the new lighter color upholstery, really lets the frame stand out.


I love this sofa. The size, the shape and now, the color. It is comfy looking as well.


love, love, love. print and plain, traditional and contemporary. can’t get any better than that with furniture.


I’m such a fan of her textiles! I was just on her site and noticed she has a kickstarter campaign going on at the moment–I’ll attach the link!

Chrissy B

oh la la I love it! What a great pattern! Gonna buy that throw pillow….right now!


It looks great after in a more some will say “sophisticated” manner but I kind of wish it hadn’t been such a rad chair to begin with!

Marlene @ Jade and Fern

The “after” is totally beautiful, it is a really gorgeous fabric and makeover—but holy cow the “before” fabric is cool! Would love to know if the designer kept some of it to make pillows or something.


Super pretty. I wasn’t sold on the cream cushion until I saw the contrasting throw pillows. Then it totally made sense.


Gorgeous makeover! Toss cushions are super fab too :) Great work!


Wow, just went to the kickstarter site…she really does have amazing fabrics! Hope she gets her goal. Plan on helping out myself!