What happened to that sofa?


Well, it’s been a looooong time since I first proposed an upholstery change for the little sofa. I had received so many great comments and ideas, and then completely slacked off and haven’t shared the final outcome. So, the final choice was to use some grey heathered Pendleton wool, square off and cut the cushions, and use a light silver thread for all the topstitching. I’ve been sitting on it for a few weeks now and it’s just looking better as the cushions ‘crush’ a little.

For some of you that thought I was going to tackle the sewing myself, I totally did not even attempt it. Took it to a trusted upholsterer in town and he really did a great job. No way I could have made those stitches so straight for that long. If you need some upholstery in Portland, check out AJ’s on Prescott.

Also, I had to show off the redwood slab table I found the other day. I had thought I was going to make some legs for it on the lathe, but I’m come to really like the simple handyman-style base that was on it. And yes, I stack my high-brow design magazines along with books about bowling.

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20 Responses to “What happened to that sofa?”

  1. Belinda says:

    Oh yes. Nice choice. And that redwood table is beautiful.

    You know, I wouldn’t even have noticed your ‘eclectic’ book and magazine collection if you had not mentioned it. Seriously, I am too busy ogling that awesome upholstery job. But I am sure some keen-eyed person would have.

  2. Kathy says:

    Looks great!

  3. kenzie says:

    looks great! I just posted up upholstery project today, I sewed it myself, which you’re probably right to have someone else do it. it’s not too hard, but it just takes a while. looks great!

  4. Looks great!! Love the clean and tidy look of the gray wool.

  5. Ken B says:

    Marvelous Matt!

  6. this was SERIOUSLY my first thought back when you posted options for the sofa – i’m so glad you went with grey.., it looks great!

  7. Mark Bokelman says:

    Matt, I’ve been enjoying your site for a couple months now, and am very impressed by your multiple talents. The couch looks amazing, impressive for an initial $225 investment. Hey I hope you don’t mind but I have a question. I’m about to clean up some teak nesting tables, and was curious to know what shade of ‘restor-a-finish’ you used. I’m interested in maintaining that redish-brown hue of teak, similar to your couch. Many thanks! Mark

    • MMP says:

      Hey Mark, thanks. I used walnut Restor-a-Finish on that sofa because I had it handy and I wanted to darken the wood more – but if you really want to keep that reddish hue as much as possible, I’d think the cherry might be your best option.

      • Mark says:

        Thanks Matt for responding to my question. I played around with a few colors and ultimately went with mahogany, and they came out fantastic. And, thanks for mentioning that restor-a-finish product, originally, I was going to sand and refinish, this literally saved me hours and hours, for which I pretty much got the same effect. Cheers!

  8. Amanda says:

    Glad to finally see the finished product! Looks great, of course! :)

  9. Sally says:

    It looks great Matt – I love a bit of grey and wood together! It looks very comfortable

  10. Matt, great choice. I think it balances out he room really well.

  11. MMP says:

    Thanks, thanks everybody! I was relieved that it turned out as well as it did, also lucky to have found a really talented upholsterer.

  12. kate says:

    Damn, this sofa makes me weak in the knees! My parents own an upholstery shop in Seattle, yet I do not know one single thing about it. What a helpful skill that would be in the age of DIY goodness.

  13. Donna Charney says:


    I am new to your site. Excellent.

    Can you provide a source for the Rattan? pouf or footstool??? that you show in picture with the sofa article?? I am searching for this type of accessory for a table or footstool?? Any info at all is appreciated.


  14. Rebekah says:

    Hi, I came upon your site while looking for upholstery fabric for a piece that I would like to recover. I have been having a hard time trying to find the right fabric. This looks perfect!! Would you mind sharing where you purchased this wool pendleton upholstery fabric? Thank you so much!!!