As an old boss of mine used to say, "now we're cookin with steam!"

Momentum is gained and the train has left the station. (what other lameo phrases can I think of?)

A big thanks to all of you for your encouragement. I've decided to give this upholstery a try! I anticipate much frustration, lots of cussing and the occasional breakdown, but I'm ready. In the words of LL Cool J - I'm gonna knock you out!

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Since my last progress report, I had my antique and furniture refinisher experts (my parents) look the couch over. And they confirmed what I had thought - this wood is not a staining kind of girl. Boo hoo. Black it is.

We took her outside and gave her a coat of primer. (Primer in background next to vintage LipSmaker found in part 2.)

God bless spray paint. Can you imagine trying to paint all that carving? Ugh. Sanding it was bad enough.

What? Your couches don't levitate over your recycle bin in your back yard?

I then got on the first coat of black before the wind picked up. And its stayed a bit too windy for my liking (which is actually rather odd for this area. Hmmm, maybe it was mother nature encouraging me to loaf instead of work!). But this weekend is supposed to be perfect, so she'll get her second coat of black and then the real work begins.

The fabric has been purchased and is exactly what I wanted. A perfect, neutral linen for the girl who changes color schemes once a quarter. (that's me in case you didn't know.)

So this weekend - Commence to start! (one of my favorite lines from Father of the Bride 2. Stop laughing, it was a funny parts.)

The plan is to do one panel, and then re-evaluate. Making sure its turning out well and I'm not just wasting good fabric by butchering it with my 'skills'.

This will be either really awesome, or really funny. Either way, I'll let you know.


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