before and after

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

by Maxwell Tielman


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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