duncan {before and after!}

So here’s the before shot of that Duncan Phyfe. The one that just so happened to be an easy score off of the great Craigslist. My super amazing talented friend Tiffany, agreed to take on this project for me, as I have way too many things on my plate right now {and let’s just be honest, upholstery is a fine art I have no desire to try to accomplish. I would end up buried in piles of fabric, screaming and crying and stapling my fingers to things.}

This little guy had a ton of beauty and potential. But his current granny fabric had seen better days. Layer after layer of better days.

And here we are now:

TADA! Isn’t he a beaut!? We just got good ole Duncan back, and I am so impressed with Tiffany’s work, I kind of had to immediately spaz out and post these photos.

The detail on this sofa makes it a keeper. I’m kinda smitten. Does my friend have some mad skillz or what? {Psst: Be sure to check her booth out, if you live in the Alabama area, and are on the prowl for some fine antiques + beautiful reupholstered pieces…}

This is the last sneak peek I’ll show of the room before it’s finito in a few weeks. It has a long way to go, but I can’t wait to share the fabric I chose for including those great splashes of color, art for the walls, and revamps of some oldies but goodies. {Yes, we are tired!}

I do believe ‘ole Duncan is going to be a nice new fit in the Mills household. Even if the Carebear vomit, was not. ;} Happy Thursday, everyone!

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Responses to duncan {before and after!}

  1. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s gorgeous!! LOVE!

  2. Well, love the lines of that magnificent piece and the detail on it, too. With the solid fabric you get to appreciate it even more.. great find! Look forward to seeing the room.

  3. easton_place says:

    GAH!!!! I’m in LOVE with “new” Duncan. Fabulous make-over. Enjoy!

  4. Christina says:

    WOWSA! Seriously. A.MAAAA.ZING! SOOO jealous!

  5. Beth Miller says:

    Duncan sure is handsome! I bet he’s going to get some super cute accent pillows real soon!

  6. Jenn says:

    Awesomeness… I love this sofa, we’re on the search for a new one ourselves… something like this would be perfect!

  7. Lisa Eng says:

    Looks amazing! Now I want a big person kinda couch :)

  8. Jennifer says:

    OH yay. LOVE it! You’ll be able to keep that sofa forever!! Emerson will probably be blogging about it someday. :)

  9. Marina Redding says:

    Wow! We have this same couch, it belonged to my in-laws. So happy now we never got rid of it since it would be beautiful re-upholstered.

  10. Christina says:

    Wow! It looks awesome!

  11. Shannon says:

    Love, love!!!! It is absolutely beautiful! Your pillows are going to look fab on it!:-)

  12. I think it’s Duncan “Phine” not Phyfe because he is super “Fine:Phine”!! Having a meltdown was totally worth it. You have the best looking sofa ever! Love it!

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  14. Misty says:

    WOW! Another great job by Tiffany!! It looks awesome!!

  15. wendy says:

    AWESOME work!!! Love it!!

  16. jessica says:

    Tiffany’s got some talent. Love this!

  17. Cindy Cooper says:

    that is simply amazing! beautiful, gorgeous, a sofa fit for a Cinderella!

  18. Ashleigh says:

    I freakin’ LOVE this! I bought an old sofa similar to Duncan that is dressed as a creamcicle. I’ve drudged over fabric for two years now, and you’ve inspired me!

  19. kate kissell says:

    Tiffany, I’m so impressed with your work. And I’m not surprised because you were the star student in our class. Miss you.

  20. Shaunna says:

    LOVE IT.

  21. thanks sweet peeps! now I’m just waiting for one of the kids to throw up on it. haha! dismal yet true…here’s to hoping that never happens…

  22. Michelle says:

    Fabulous job, Tiffany!! Beautiful piece of furniture!

  23. Dionne says:

    WOW!! Beautiful couch! Love the solid color! Tiffany, you did a fabulous job!!

  24. Dorothy says:

    Wow! What a transformation. I can’t wait to see the fnished room, but just the little glimpse of the newly upholstered couch and white wall is already looking so much lighter and airier. ( And so glad you didn’t have to help wth the dreaded reupholstering.)

  25. Nicole says:


    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  26. That is beyond gorgeous! I love it. So simple and classic.

  27. susie poole says:

    Beautiful job tiff! love it

  28. laura says:

    absolutely DE-LISH.

  29. louise says:

    I’d be snapping pictures too! I need to find an upholsterer (sp??) here that is as fantastic as yours! :)

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  31. Laurie Peterson says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Tiffany! I showed it to Shawn too…

  32. Katharine says:

    I love, love the new suit your couch has. It’s gorgeous and it looks vintage but modern. I can’t wait to see what you do with the room.

  33. Layla says:

    Good GRIEF- It’s AWESOME!!!!

    Layla 😀

  34. daisy says:

    OOO my goodness!!! Pottery Barn doesn’t have a thing on your upholstering skills!

  35. Well, love the lines of that magnificent piece and the detail on it, too. With the solid fabric you get to appreciate it even more.. great find! Look forward to seeing the room.