Vampiric Sofa Makeover

created at: 04/09/2012

Shannon’s friend gave her an antique, Queen Anne style sofa. The fabric was faded, its decorative legs were scratched and its seat was sagging. A lesser intrepid soul might have opted to pass on a makeover, but Shannon decided to invest the cash it would take for a pro to reupholster it. She chose a bold, purple velvet fabric and black paint for the wood elements. The combo has a certain vampiric flare. Check out the lowly sofa now. Continue Reading

Ingenious Drop Cloth-Covered Ottoman Makeover

created at: 04/04/2012

Becca says she can’t sew, which is why she was putting off her ottoman makeover. You see, it needed a skirt that would need to be sewed, and she didn’t want it to look homemade. To ‘skirt’ (pardon the pun) sewing issue, she bought a drop cloth (for $11) and used its finished edge(s) to make the skirt, thereby achieving a professional edge. Smart, right? But that’s not all.

created at: 04/04/2012

Since she was changing the original to a tufted ottoman, she needed to space holes in which to sew through thereby attaching the buttons. Continue Reading

How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

created at: 10/24/2011

This fall, is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn’t. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of…well, phlegm. Continue Reading

$20 Bench Gets Million $ Makeover

created at: 06/27/2011

Aimee nabbed this smelly bench on Craigslist for a measly 20 bucks. Although she had never ripped apart upholstery before, that’s exactly how she began its makeover. THIS is what it looks like now:   

created at: 06/27/2011

For those of you who’ve never attempted a reupholstery job before but wish to do so, this kind of bench is PERFECT for the first timer. (No back or arms to deal with!) Aimee gives us all the details at Wonderfully DomesticContinue Reading

Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

created at: 05/04/2011

Did you hear that?  That was the sound of my mind exploding at the awesomeness of these upholstery designs by Eleanor Young.  This UK-based textile artist and upholsterer creates striking contemporary pieces inspired by architecture and fragmented shapes.  I love her bold patterns and color combos, especially!  

created at: 05/04/2011

Using locally-sourced wools, leather, and hand-dyed cotton, Ms. Young transforms previously unloved furniture into playful statement pieces.  I don’t know about you, but I love her fresh take on upholstery!   Continue Reading

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

Ellen’s Amazing Upholstered Chair

One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this “before” chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn’t go as planned. Here’s where her passion and perseverence paid off. 

Being able to pinch hit is a huge asset in furniture restyling. Once she ditched the slipcover plan, she nimbly regrouped and reupholstered this chair in about a day. Continue Reading

8 Flea Market Chair Makeovers

created at: 01/24/2011

Makeovers. Even if the end result doesn’t appeal to my tastes, I still adore ogling them. Case in point, here are a plethora of flea market chairs that got the makeover once over, not all of which would suit my decor but each and every one are inspiring. Plus, they make be want to head out to my local flea markets REAL BAD.   

(Read more about this one here.)

created at: 01/24/2011

From My Home Ideas:

pea-green chenille chair


A shabby chic alternative from Shabby Cottage Studio:

From Design*Sponge:



From BHG:

From Eddie Ross:



From Easy Living:

And, finally, from Shabby Whites: