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
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.
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
This fall, FabricDirect.com 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
Thisis one of the reasons why I love dumpster diving. Ashley was the intrepid soul who did the diving and rescued this granny rocker. What does it look like now??
For more unbelievable chair makeovers, head on over to the always inspirational Better After.
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:
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 Domestic. Continue Reading
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!
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
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
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
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.
Two very crafty and ingenious sisters turned the $10 flea market table pictured above into the lux, tufted bench below. To see the entire process, follow this jump to Two Crafty Sisters.