Beth's Antique Settee Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 12/13/2010

This is the fourth project Beth did in my class, but if you looked at the first one, it's equally as well done. Beth arrived at class with this antique settee that had belonged to her great-grandmother. She tore it down to the bare bones, rewebbed, hand sewed the springs on the new webbing and performed the tedious 8 way spring tying. This is living proof that with understandable instructions and the right piece of furniture, you don't have to be a professional to reupholster like a pro. 

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Devolve a Chair Into Sculptural Art

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

We've repurposed discarded chairs by stripping, painting and reupholstering, but it never occurred to us to turn a mass-produced, discarded chair into a whittled down piece of sculptural art. Asked to upcycle an unvalued object for an article 'Hack It Better', London artist Karen Ryan continued her Whittle series with Chair No. 3. Here's what she started with before she got busy with her pen knife. 

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How to Reupholster a Hide-a-Bed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

sofa

A hide-a-bed was my first paying upholstery job. The funny thing was that I was putting a big blue plaid back on the sofa sized hide-a-bed. You can only imagine how I agonized over the plaid matching nightmare. When I met my husband, he owned this same type of Herculon plaid sofa hide-a-bed. I used to say you could drop a cheeseburger onto it and it would disappear. I mean this stuff NEVER showed the dirt. The downside was you had to live with the ugliness, unless you were willing pay an arm-and-a-leg, or tackle the reupholstery yourself. Local blogger and online bud, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, just sent me over a fully photographed tutorial of her reupholstered hide-a-bed project.

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How To Fix a Torn Cane Chair

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 06/02/2010

Secondhand chairs often have a major drawback; torn or missing cane on the seat, back, or both.  The easiest way around the damage is to rip it out and replace it with webbing and upholstery. However, if the look of cane is what you want, it's fairly simple to replace the surface with prewoven cane. Prewoven cane is available in three styles;

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

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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, MyBlueSofa.com, 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? Read how My Blue Sofa is quickly making a name for itself and why it's the perfect sized pond to buy and sell unique furniture and home decor. No fees.  Seriously.

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Great Show House, Now Where Can I Find That Fabric for Less?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 05/05/2010

Last week I walked through Indianapolis' St. Margaret's Guild Decorator's Show House. This year's historic home was purchased by the late author, Booth Tarkington in 1923 and it was there where he wrote many of his novels.

However, I digress. The one non-historic question I walked away with was how I was going to get my hands on some of this magenta and chartreuse Donghia fabric that graced one bee-U-tee-full chair in the morning room. 

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How to Successfully Reupholster a Curvaceous Modern Chair with a Sweater

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 04/19/2010

The Indy Thrift Score Social Club has it's first event this Saturday. Yes, I've found a group of enablers and we're gathering in the morning for a Tour de' Junk. I've been told that the terms secondhand, thrift, or secondary market would be more appropriate. Anyway, we're hitting downtown Indianapolis for our greedy little secondhand fix. Most of the scouts are mid century modern fans and that's where things can get sticky. Chances are that if anyone comes across a tattered chair of the MCM kind, it usually has beautiful soft curves and reupholstering this treasure becomes a dilemma since woven fabrics don't generally cooperate with soft round curves. So, how do you reupholster such a modern marvel?

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Mod Porch Rockin'

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/22/2010

I just woke up this morning with natural wood on the brain. One thing led to another and Pow! I found a blog I've never seen called I (heart shape) Wood. A blog magazine devoted to all things wood. Well, combine that with an itch to get outside and do some front porch lollygaggin' and I found all shapes, sizes and styles of modern wooden rockers to dream of.  I don't care what anyone says, you think more creatively in a rocking chair and you look better doing it MODERN. Take a look at the collection of rockers and...

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