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...
This little tutorial over on Instructables is helpful for reupholstering an old, old footstool, but the best part is how to turn cardboard tack strip into flat welting to hide the staples. Otherwise, you would glue on gimp or hard-to-make double welt cord. This gives you a slick, low profile finish around the edge. See the full, step-by-step tutorial.
When Instructables Pro, Kathleenhenri, spied this broken Arne Jacobsen chair lying in a pile of trash bags at the college where she works, she swooped in for the rescue. Right away she had to "stop the bleeding", so to speak, by gluing and clamping the splintering plywood at the break. She resourcefully proceeded to patch, cut, and paint a redesigned masterpiece.
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!
Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.
Fabric cording? Nooooo...it's aqua vinyl! When you pick the right color, there's no going wrong. Take a look at what three coats of delicious aqua paint will do when paired with a large, modern, graphic, floral fabric. It's fresh, modern, filled with hi grade upholstery foam and as comfy as can be. If you love it, it's on etsy right here. Now take a look at Cinderella before the fairy mod home ec teacher paid her a visit...
I'm on the hunt for this exact color of green velvet upholstery fabric. The velvet studio sofa is from Nate Berkus' furniture collection for the The Home Shopping Network. Other photos of this piece don't look like the green in this photo. I'm specifically looking for this deep shade of green velvet.
There are three new girls in Upholsteryville and they mean business. Janet (another Janet) learned how to make welt cord in about 5 minutes and is already putting together two boxed and corded cushion covers to be stuffed fluffily and placed on her cane back chairs. She has two more staple laden chairs so she wisely purchased weight lifting gloves to protect her hands while tearing down.
Tracey found a tufted cane back chair with nice little brass wheels to reupholster. Where did she find it? Out in the furniture stack in my garage. She even found a large remnant of fabric in my stash to cover it. Right here she's marking where the buttons will be attached in the diamond tufting.
Mother-to-be Anne is working diligently on a tufted back, fully upholstered rocker she is covering in white matlasse' (I know) for her nursery. She and Janet found the chair at Goodwill. It's a La-Z-boy brand but doesn't have a flip up leg rest. The nifty thing about La-Z-boys is that they come apart in upholstered component parts.
Anne was eyeing the very same type of chair at Pottery Barn Kids for over $800.00. She's going to love the fact that she reupholstered this herself and saved a bundle while having a great time doing it. BTW-She said she had never sewn before. She said she gets her creativity from her crafty mom. Aren't moms grand?!
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Day 3 of Pillow Talk over on my blog has lots of step by step photos showing you how to "harvest" fabric from a Goodwill garment to use for pillows, trim or anything else you can think of.
It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up. Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.
This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch. You can save loads of dough by doing most jobs yourself. If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...
The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions. Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew. My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.
Don't the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??
My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern...
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!