A few months ago, while searching for furniture to restore for an upcoming outdoor market, I came across this beautiful painted bench. She was so lovely to begin with that part of me debated whether I shouldn't keep her as is. But seeing how much potential there was in this piece, I decided to up the wow factor and add a little more personality. Check it out!
Because my color involves a project (due to painting restrictions) I’ve decided to make a headboard and for my décor pairing I’m on the lookout for two nightstands that work well together without matching completely.
We all know how hard it is to make something look more expensive than it really is, let alone transforming old furniture into decor worthy of high end, elegant spaces. But here are a series of projects that do just that, turning salvaged finds into fancy pieces, with the help of luxurious faux finishes.
Last week I wrote the guide to sofa shopping, and this week I am looking at the fabrics that upholster your sofa. If you are going high-end with a custom sofa and need the
perfect fabric, are re-upholstering a vintage piece, or just want some insight into what all of those funny
characters on the sofa tag mean when you are perusing IKEA next weekend, this is the guide for you.
Summer's a great time to take up a new DIY project and learn some new skills. With some fabric and some basic tools, you can take vintage finds or thrifty materials and customize them to your space and your needs. Here are some great tutorials around the web that will have you upholstering like a pro in no time.
Settees are often at the more luxurious side of the furniture spectrum. More Dowager Countess of Downton and less, how do you say, practical everyday furniture. Yet with fresh, more neutral fabric, this timeworn piece became a vibrant transitional piece that would work wonderfully in an entryway or bedroom.
Bargain shopper Erin haggled this chair from an estate sale down to $10. It sat in her home, patiently waiting for a refresh, until she found the perfect fabric. See how she made over this chair for under $50 total:
Hannah is my thrifting idol. I consider myself rather good at it as well, but she blows me out of the Goodwill water. Her home was the subject of Ann and my second-ever house tour for Apartment Therapy, and her blog, Secondhand Hannah, is a frequent source of inspiration for my own home.
This project is simple, yet polished, with implications for all inexpensive, plain furniture needing some help. Meg took a table she owned, and created a natural, leather top that looks custom and professional.