How To Make Beautiful Remnant Fabric

Who can turn down free fabric? In my business it’s not uncommon to be offered discontinued upholstery fabric samples. If you know a little trick, it’s simple to create your own patchwork upholstery fabric yardage.  Thrifted chair, free fabric…

The first challenge is to have a good eye to choose fabric colors that will form an overall unified fabric. Personally, I don’t care for patchwork if it’s just a bunch of different colors  and patterns thrown together. Continue Reading

Reupholstery: Suzani Footstool with Flat Welting

created at: 04/30/2010

This little tutorial over on Instructables is helpful for reupholstering an old, old footstool, but the best part is how to turn cardboard tack strip into flat welting to hide the staples. Otherwise, you would glue on gimp or hard-to-make double welt cord. This gives you a slick, low profile finish around the edge. See the full, step-by-step tutorial. created at: 04/30/2010

You have to love the age on this thing. See more.

Rescue and Redesign of a Broken Arne Jacobsen Chair

created at: 04/28/2010

When Instructables Pro, Kathleenhenri, spied this broken Arne Jacobsen chair lying in a pile of trash bags at the college where she works, she swooped in for the rescue. Right away she had to “stop the bleeding”, so to speak, by gluing and clamping the splintering plywood at the break. She resourcefully proceeded to patch, cut, and paint a redesigned masterpiece.created at: 04/28/2010

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See the complete Instructable right here.

Upholstery Restyle: Twins Drop Their Skirts

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Come on, let us see some leg! Besides painting a room, there’s no room changer like reupholstering a chair (or two). Well, I found out there’s a whiz kid makeover mamma named Beckie right here in my midst.  Before ever setting eyes on her, I like her go-getter attitude, alot! And take a look at some of her other creative interiors, makeovers and home improvements. Oh, how about that button tufting?!! Grrrrrrlllllll!created at: 03/08/2010created at: 03/08/2010

Not one, but two! Continue Reading

Thrift Store Light Becomes a Sophisticated Paris Hanging Lamp

created at: 2010/01/29

Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.

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Who would have thunk it? Take a look at the step by step process.

Way to go Georgia!

Before and After: A Punch of Aqua Goes a Long Way

created at: 2010/01/21

Fabric cording? Nooooo…it’s aqua vinyl! When you pick the right color, there’s no going wrong. Take a look at what three coats of delicious aqua paint will do when paired with a large, modern, graphic, floral fabric. It’s fresh, modern, filled with hi grade upholstery foam and as comfy as can be. If you love it, it’s on etsy right here. Now take a look at Cinderella before the fairy mod home ec teacher paid her a visit…created at: 2010/01/21

Ugh! Continue Reading

Wanted: Green Velvet Upholstery Fabric

created at: 2009-08-01

I’m on the hunt for this exact color of green velvet upholstery fabric. The velvet studio sofa is from Nate Berkus’ furniture collection for the The Home Shopping Network. Other photos of this piece don’t look like the green in this photo. I’m specifically looking for this deep shade of green velvet.

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Check out the gray velvet sofa–lucky for me I have yards and yards of gray velvet just waiting to cover some unsuspecting frame. However, I’m just loving this color of green and would like to staple something right on up. Continue Reading

Wednesday Night Upholstery: New Girls in Town

created at: 2009-07-30

There are three new girls in Upholsteryville and they mean business.  Janet (another Janet) learned how to make welt cord in about 5 minutes and is already putting together two boxed and corded cushion covers to be stuffed fluffily and placed on her cane back chairs. She has two more staple laden chairs so she wisely purchased weight lifting gloves to protect her hands while tearing down. 

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Tracey found a tufted cane back chair with nice little brass wheels to reupholster. Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

 created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It’s the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don’t really know how to do some of these basic things, here’s a compilation of tutorials for everything.  Continue Reading