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!
This sweet little chair makeover just blows me away....
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...
One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this "before" chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn't go as planned. Here's where her passion and perseverence paid off.
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.
In the final days of our "Work_____" series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.
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.
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?
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.
This plethora of re-upholstered chairs come to us from Spruce Upholstery, and to the six students in one of their recent upholstery classes. Themakeovers utilized non-toxic wood glass, organic batting
Who doesn't have an ugly or worn out wingback chair somewhere in their house? Lofty intentions of buying fabric and reupholstering it yourself? Hold on there baba looey, a wingback chair is NOT a beginner's upholstery project.
How's this grab you? Never in all of staple setting days have I thought of converting a galvanized steel tub into a button tufted ottoman. Kudos to Katie of ReCreate for her Way Out implementation of sheer cleverness. That's not all....
If you said this green isn't that bad, I'd have to agree....until you see how Kim turned it into a showpiece.
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.
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...
Remember DIY Maven's post on Monday? The 2nd Unbelievable Sofa Makeover? The contrast of the white cording against the dark fabric just looked, hmmmmm...very high end. Instead of starting from scratch, what if you could just paint your piping on your upholstery or slipcover? Liz from It's Great To Be Home, did just that. See how she did it.
Car seats, bar stools, patio furniture, boat cushions, vintage sofas, and ottomans are places you'll find vinyl upholstery fabric. There are some handy dos and don'ts you'll want to be aware of to clean off the grime without damaging the vinyl surface.
Now what? You've started attaching the inside arm of that Goodwill chair, but you have no clue how to get that rolled arm pleated and finished. See how the pros do it, step-by-step.
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.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of those 'hold on to your butts' makeovers. Check it out....