Upholstery Restyle: Twins Drop Their Skirts

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created at: 03/08/2010
created at: 03/08/2010

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!

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The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/01/20

Photo: ApartmentTherapy

This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.

One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill! 

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How to Make a Kitchen Banquette with Storage

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Upper Eastside Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not long ago, banquettes were being torn out of kitchens to make room for lots of spindly legged chairs. Not anymore, my friend. The longing for practicality and all things retro has many homeowners rethinking the banquette. Modern or traditional, they add tons of storage, extra seating, cozy seating, texture, and a touch of the unusual in the kitchen. A DIY-er with basic carpentry skills should have no trouble with this project.
TIP: If you're adding a back to your banquette, angle it 6 degrees for a more comfortable seat. 

Here's all you need to get started:
  • measuring tape
  • birch veneer plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw,
  • 2 x 4's
  • nails
  • hammer
  • portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
  • screws
  • piano hinge

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Ottoman Umpire

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created at: 2009-10-15

It should come as no suprise that this blogger loves to design ottomans. Shapes, designs, colors, legs, frames, etc., they can really snazz up a room. Every room needs a splash of upholstered art, and ottomans can do that on so many levels. You've got fabric, pattern, color, texture, leg shape, stain or paint and the basic ottoman design. That's a clean homerun in the design department.  

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Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

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created at: 2009-09-24

Remember the stress of doing a demonstration speech in Speech 101? Reupholstering this chair in front of a classroom full of interior design students gave me the opportunity to sweat through this lovely experience one more time. Cutting foam, adding natural cotton batting (very fluffy and clumpy), and upholstering this mod side chair in front of a young, design hungry group made me vow to get better at these demos so I might take this show on the road. See what you think.

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Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

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created at: 2009-07-16

Classes are filling and expanding. I wish everyone could come to my home studio (basement) and learn fast and easy techniques to transform your Goodwill trashy furniture into upcycled beauties.  The new class started last night and each one brought a simple piece and a difficult piece. We got started on the easy ones first to get the feel of the tools, staple gun, and to fully understand why upholsterers charge the prices they do. Here's a perfect example of Beginner's Instant Gratification.

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How to Turn 3 Chairs into 1 Bench

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bench made of chairs

Carpenter Ryan McPhail took 3 worn, secondhand chairs, which he bought for 18 bucks a piece, and turned them into one clever bench. The seats of the chairs were broken, so this reincarnation seemed the perfect solution! To make one of your own, you'll to gather the following:

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DIY: Replacing Foam in a Lounge Chair Cushion

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created at: 2009-05-08

There's no question that down cushions are high-end and luxurious. The down side (ha! no pun intended) is that they lack resilience and don't provide the springiness many folks want in their seat. The problem with foam cushions is that they get compacted and crumbly after years of use.  Many people ask me how to change out their down cushions to foam, or just replace their flattened out foam cushions. To see a very DIY friendly,

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