Restyle a Highboy for Office Filing

Rather than a Before and After, I’d like you to start thinking beyond the expected furniture reuse of this Highboy. Most would automatically think of it as a bedroom piece, but when I saw the restyled look, I knew it could be tricked out for office use.

The wood was prepared as you would expect. The front image is a printed vinyl which has become a favorite of Think Contemporary, an Irish interior design consulting company. Continue Reading

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

My Blue Sofa: The New (Cool) Kid on the Block

created at: 05/19/2010

Big Twist Solid Wood End Table

Remember what you thought when you first heard of Etsy, Craigslist, LushPad, and 1st Dibs? Did you wonder how an online marketplace for furniture and home decor could ever gain enough gritty traction to make a go of it? When I inadvertently came across a link to another new kid on the block,, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, I just had to ask co-founder and CEO, Manuel Garcia, HOW, WHY and WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Continue Reading

SEW Versatile

When you're at an auction, estate sale, consignment shop or a favorite vintage furniture store, don't pass over a sewing machine table with a giant rectangular hole in the top.  All you have to do is get a piece of dark glass cut to fit on the top and you might just be lucky enough to have yourself a small-ish, but functional desk with plenty of drawers and nice lines if you find one that was made in the 1960's.  Continue Reading