Vintage Settee: Before and After

January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM 7 comments

As mentioned in this post, I’ve been working on decorating a cafe: Bumble.  The client wanted to bring a living room feel to the place and so we set out to find furniture that was more expected in a home then a restaurant.  One of the treasures we found was this fabulous high back settee…

Obviously, the tired upholstery needed to go.  However, the unique challenge in this situation was to find really durable fabric, due to the clientele.  While they may be the cutest most cuddly little things, they have been known to spill a juice box or two in their lifetimes. 


Bumble Cafe is a play cafe for families.  Keeping those youngsters in mind, we were on a mission to find upholstery that was soft and comfy but would stand up to the spills.  The answer: Crypton.  Doesn’t Crypton sound so futuristic?  It is virtually indestructible.  However, finding attractive Crypton is not as easy as you’d think.  I probably looked at 100 fabric books until I found a gem of a book  and I sent it over to my client and she picked this awesome fabric.

Beautiful!  I love how it updates the high back settee.  We lucked out and found the vintage Hickory settee at a resale shop.  Later that evening, I found the same one for sale at Jennifer DeLounge (reupholstered) for $3,000.   Ours didn’t have the hefty price tag but it sure has the same beautiful look!  Can’t wait until customers can be sitting in it fireside with a large glass of red wine.  No worries if you spill, the Crypton can handle it.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann Williams  |  January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Well done! LOVING that fabric. Can I have my entire house upholstered in crypton? We just adopted a dog 🙂

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  January 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

      I know – wouldn’t that be nice!! Congrats on the dog!! What kind is it? Hopefully, you’ll be blogging about your new dog soon. 🙂

  • 3. Mom  |  January 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    What an amazing change. Very good hunting. You parsevered. Settee, fabric and upholsterer.
    Love, Mom

  • 5. Katy  |  January 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    The before fabric sure is interesting! I bet you could have spilled wine on that and no one would notice, haha. The new futuristic fabric looks great, what a nice piece.

    • 6. bridget  |  January 27, 2011 at 1:47 AM

      ha! i kind of love it. the new fabric looks fantastic though, especially with the black painted legs. and not to be a total nerd but krypton is the planet superman is from, so crypton certainly sounds space-age to me!

  • 7. Glynnis  |  January 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Good to know and it looks great.


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