DIY Project Ideas for Fabric Furniture Facelifts (Beyond Reupholstery)

DIY Project Ideas for Fabric Furniture Facelifts (Beyond Reupholstery)

Dabney Frake
Apr 17, 2014
(Image credit: Patchwork & Co.)

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).

(Image credit: Country Living)

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?

(Image credit: Paint & Pattern)

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

(Image credit: Daily Fix)

Sew a slipcover like this simple one from Daily Fix.

(Image credit: Amy's Casablanca)

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.

(Image credit: Midwest Living)

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

(Image credit: Funkytime)

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

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