Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

by Capree K

Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

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!  

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Rebecca's Bold, Graphic Chair Makeover

by Chris Gardner

Rebecca's Bold, Graphic Chair Makeover

Often, furniture makeovers on Curbly are the stuff of DIY legend: a lone thrifter, spies a chair or a credenza with good bones and a terrible finish, and whisks it away, painstakingly coaxing all the joy to the surface with an adventurous stripping, sanding, painting, or re-upholstery. The story always goes: old, cruddy item becomes refreshed with a little elbow grease, and face it, lots of skill.

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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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4 Bold and Bright Headboard Ideas To Spark Up Your Bedroom

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

4 Bold and Bright Headboard Ideas To Spark Up Your Bedroom

This tweener week is the time I look around my  tired old digs and realize I need some fresh decorating inspiration. It's time to stir things up a bit. I've loved my hanging headboard long enough. Here are 4 fresh headboard ideas guaranteed to lift your decor out of the winter doldrums and make you love hanging out in your bedroom on cold winter nights. This blue headboard is easier to make than it looks, but I am really enamored with  the polka dot bench with those luscious acrylic legs. Where can I find those?

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Beth's Antique Settee Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Beth's Antique Settee Makeover

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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Reupholster a Scroll Arm Bench

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Reupholster a Scroll Arm Bench

A scroll arm bench is a scarier looking reupholstery challenge than it turns out to be.   Eliana from Refinish It All found that out after she rolled up her sleeves and took care of business. Her one tip, with which I completely agree, is to not wait too long after tearing a piece down to reupholster it. One's mind tends to forget the assembly order. Hint: Always take photographs of the tear down process  See her fresh, finished makeover and how she accomplished welt cord without a sewing machine.

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Upholstery Class: Button Tufting with Horsehair

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Upholstery Class: Button Tufting with Horsehair

Remember the Turkish Tufted Fainting Couch done by the master himself, Kim Buckminster of Falls City, Nebraska? Here he is again, but this time he's teaching lots of 'greedy for knowledge' upholsterers how to properly restore a piece of horsehair stuffed, diamond tufted furniture. (He scoffs at foam.) Kim, or Buck as he is known, is a perfectionist like you wouldn't believe. Enjoy your class...

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Upholsterers' Inner Sanctum Weekend Workshops

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Upholsterers' Inner Sanctum Weekend Workshops

Channel back, spring tying, turkish tufting, oh my! The Upholstery Fair, two days of workshops with hardcore upholstery experts from coast to coast are gathering this Friday and Saturday in humble Lafayette, Indiana. For those of you who aren't familiar with Lafayette, it's home to the Purdue University Boilermakers (actually Purdue is in West Lafayette). Fabulous Kim Newell of Kim's Upholstery Shop put this together along with professional upholsterer, Jack Carr of carrscorner.com. I'm about to bust; I'm so excited to get into the nitty gritty of the inner sanctum.

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