Best "Before and After" Upholstery Projects of 2010

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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. Take a look at what made the cut.

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MNU: Boxed and Corded Cushion at Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

MNU: Boxed and Corded Cushion at Home

Viewing someone's project out of context doesn't always convey it's fabulousness. In my Monday Night Upholstery post yesterday, there was no way to understand how the green cushion would look at home. This morning she sent me this photo of her handmade, three button boxed and corded bench cushion. She can now make boxed and corded cushions whenever she wants to.  Teaching to fish... 

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How to Turn 3 Chairs into 1 Bench

by DIY Maven

 

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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How To Turn an Ugly Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Bench

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Turn an Ugly Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Bench

 What do you do with an old coffee table with a dinged up or stained top?  Turn it into a soft, lovely, upholstered bench for your hallway, end of your bed or as an upholstered ottoman in front of the sofa.  This pine bench was $13.99 at Goodwill (a little overpriced in my opinion).  With some  fresh new fabric, supplies and these simple instructions, it morphed into a different creature. 

FIND A TABLE AND LET'S GET STARTED!

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The Wild Wave Bench

by DIY Maven

The Wild Wave Bench

My favorite shape is the ammonite-like swirl. (Is it weird to have a favorite shape?) Anyway, when I saw this Wild Wave Beach available through Manhattan Loft, I swooned a little bit. The retailer compares its form to the Clef musical symbol, but I only see my beloved ammonite spiral. The very cool Wild Wave, which is available in various fabrics, starts at 989 bucks and rises, depending upon your fabric choice.

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Park Bench Project: Completed!

by DIY Maven

A while back I posted a how-to on using wrapping paper to enlarge scaled drawings. My inspiration to turn to Hallmark was prompted by a cedar park bench MWT was making. Well, this weekend he finished it, and I thought I’d post a pic of the completed project.

Park Bench Project: Completed!

On the Curbly woodworkers scale, MWT would label this project ‘easy’ for an experienced woodworker, and ‘moderate’ for those somewhat new to the craft but wanting a challenge. As always when...

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Build a Modern Planter Bench

by Chris Gardner
Build a Modern Planter Bench

 

"The bench frame and top are made of 2-by-6 decking. (We used redwood, but you could substitute cedar or pressure-treated lumber.) For a comfortable seating height, choose pots that are about 18 inches tall and wide (no wider than 19 inches for this bench). Look for thick-walled, wide-lipped pots that have been glazed (that is, hardened); avoid unfired terra-cotta. For safety, lift bench top periodically and check pots for cracks."

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