Best “Before and After” Upholstery Projects of 2010

From the time-lapse sofa, to a professionally tufted side chair, reupholstery is still on the front burner as we head into 2011. As the veil is lifted on basic upholstery techniques, many more DIY-ers are jumping in. If you start simple, don’t spend a lot of money on fabric or furniture right out of the gate, why not try it?  You may be suprised what you can do. I continually remind my students that almost every mistake can be fixed or disguised. Continue Reading

Upholstery Workshop: How to Pleat a Rolled Arm

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Now what? You’ve started attaching the inside arm of that Goodwill chair, but you have no clue how to get that rolled arm pleated and finished. See how the pros do it, step-by-step.created at: 07/26/2010

Starting at the curve on the inside, form a tight pleat by folding the fabric over and using the regulator, or long needle. to make it crisp. This is the second pleat moving towards the top of the arm.

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Hold the pleat in place and secure with the staples or tacks. Continue Reading

Happy Easter Egg Chairs

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Chair Blog posted this photo of an array of “granny quilt meets Arne Jacobsen egg chairs.”  This colorful group of chairs was decorated by Danish artist Tal R. and were spotted in Milan a couple of years back. They’re Modern, Easter-y and old timey, a weird and wonderful visual for you on Easter Eve.

The chairs were originally designed for The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.

Goodwill Hunting Desk Chair

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of reupholstering an ugly or stained office chair with seemingly complicated mechanics.  This office chair was purchased at my FAVORITE furniture store-Goodwill, for a whopping $6.99.  I had oodles of a fabric remnant I purchased for $5.99 a yard.  This chair took approximately one yard of fabric.  I am waiting for a website adjustment to post the remainder of the pictures. 


Material:  1 yard fabric