DIY Project Ideas for Fabric Furniture Facelifts (Beyond Reupholstery)

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Upholstery is a skill that takes time and practice, but it isn't your only option for sprucing up fabric furniture. Here are a handful of ways to embellish what you've got, for a lot less work.

If you have a plain upholstered headboard, embellish it with some strips of fabric or wide ribbon. Courtesy of Patchwork and Co. (in image above).

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Splattered bleach looks great on this chair from Country Living. Think there's a way to do this after the fabric is already on the chair, versus as yardage?

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Stencil a pattern onto existing upholstery fabric. Paint and Pattern used chalk paint.

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Sew a slipcover like this simple one from Daily Fix.

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Add nailhead details to the edges of upholstered headboards, or in a more elaborate pattern to chair backs. Amy added a West Elm-inspired pattern to hers.

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Try your hand at painting, like the large watercolor-like flowers on this chair from Midwest Living.

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And, as we featured recently, you can also paint the actual upholstery fabric. Sibylle of Funkytime assures us it holds up well after use.

(Image credits: Patchwork & Co.; Country Living; Paint & Pattern; Daily Fix; Amy's Casablanca; Midwest Living; Funkytime)