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Entries in reupholster (4)

Thursday
Sep202012

I want a hole punched, leather skirted chair

I really love to reupholster vintage furniture. Here is some inspiration I like. And an idea.

 

Sometimes it’s the fabric that makes the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Other times it’s the mix of fabrics. 

 

 

 

 

 

And sometimes it’s not the fabric that is the star. Instead, it’s the upholstering technique — and upholsterer’s skill — that dazzles. Pleating, pattern matching, tufting... Wowza!

 

 

 

 

I just got an email today from Barney’s. It’s a gorgeous Kelly Wearstler leather skirt. And another very clever idea from Kelly: peep-style, hole-punched leather.

 

 

 

Now imagine this hole-punched look as the skirt of a chair. Imagine brass chair legs just slightly peeking through those punched holes. Wouldn’t it be fabulous? Great idea, Kelly!

Bye. I have to go hole-punch something.

 

 

{ Sources: Kelly Wearstler, Design-CrisisNero Chronicles, Mary McGee Interiors, and Angie Helm Interiors }  

 

 

Thursday
Sep242009

Look at my makeover!

Yesterday, my friends at New Again Upholstery — the very best upholsterers in Atlanta* — delivered some of my Craigslist finds that they had overhauled, prettied-up, and reupholstered. Yippee!

 

Pod chairs

Before: Mismatched Swedish Pod chairs, $10 each

 

 

 

After: Reupholstered in coral denim { $3/yard, Fabric World } , this cute pair will find a home in my youngest daughter’s room. To remain true to the style of the chair, I probably should have used a wool woven or knit, but this pinky-red denim was a perfect companion to her Anthropologie Bella quilt and shams.

 

 

 

Parsons arm chairs

Before: Again found on Craigslist, this pair of chairs was a dirty mess of ripped and white-turned-stained-soiled-brown Haitian cotton. It’s a long story, but I ended up getting these chairs for free! The previous owner bought the chairs as her first major purchase for her first apartment back in early days of The Mary Tyler Moore show. I like that.

 


After: Bottom photo shows the vibrant orange color a bit better. I found the floral-stitch quilted upholstery for cheapy-cheap in the basement remnant section at Lewis & Sheron. It was originally from their Staceage deparment and silly-expensive. I am so glad no one else seemed to like it! These are going in our bedroom.

 

 

 

Modern rocker

Before: Yes, another Craigslist score. I purchased this baby for $25 and will love her all my life.

 

After: Here’s the rocker recovered in a mossy-taupe panné velvet. It’s a tad greener than it appears in the photo. True to my addictive nature, I ordered the fabric ages ago from Design Diva Fabrics and stashed it away. { See, Mr. Man!? I really will get around to using all that fabric! } When I was researching the rocker, photos showed that it was originally upholstered in velvet. Voila! I had the perfect material in my stash! New Again remade the cushion and, let me tell you, this rocker is the essence of comfort. My only remaining chore for this piece is to shine up the chrome with some fine-gauge steel wool.

 

 

 

 

Above: Angie’s brother Albert


If you live in the Atlanta area and want a makeover of your very own, try New Again*. In addition to reupholstering furniture, they can upholster walls and ceilings, make slipcovers, and pretty much fabricate anything your crazy brain can think up! 

 

*Nope, I'm not part of New Again and don't get a percentage and they didn't ask me to say any of this. But I am their biggest Fan!

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Oct112008

Time to Reupholster, Part 2

Woven and printed fabrics have never been more beautiful, accessible, and well-priced. But, why not upholster your piece in something else?  I've been spying some fabulous upholstered furniture covered in really interesting textiles. Here are some great alternatives to fabric-by-the-yard that add loads of character to your piece.


My apologies — source unknown


Elevator Padding: Yep, elevator padding. Pads are quilted (usually a chevron pattern), come in huge dimensions, and are pre-treated for soiling resistance. Depending on the supplier, padding colors can be limiting. But, if you’re into neutrals, they’ve got em. And, it’s often less expensive than discount designer fabrics. For sources, simply Google. You'll be shocked at how plentiful elevator padding is.








Lurve. It.: Here’s Utility Canvas blankets and bedding. It’s quilted like elevator padding, but it’s available in prints and cool colors. Machine washable too. I'm thinking this would be perfect for dog beds and kids' playroom furniture and I can’t wait to order! 






BOTTOM LEFT: Flickr; TOP LEFT, needlepoint Queen Anne chair via Mrs. Blandings; TOP RIGHT, cube ottoman, Anthropologie; BOTTOM RIGHT, bentwood vintage chair upholstered in needlepoint,Elderberry Design


STITCH YOUR OWN: Or, find vintage needlework on eBay and at garage sales. Unless you have cats with claws, needlepoint is amazingly durable.






Truck Tarp Ottoman by Anthropologie upholstered in recycled Brazilian cargo tarps.


BOHO CHIC: Inverted seams and pieced fabrics create a hippie-chic vibe.






Rug, Yurdan; ottoman, Jayson Home & Garden


Have kids, dogs, feet? Nothing’s more durable than a flatwoven rug upholstered on your furniture. To save money, buy damaged rugs at flea markets or yard sales and use the undamaged parts only. Kilims often have a rough, loofah-like texture. So these would work best on stools and chair backs — rather than chair arms and seats. 







LoodyLady


Au naturale: Vintage hemp and linens never looked so good. Even though they are more highly coveted by designers, I prefer the ones without the contrast ticking stripe. eBay’s LoodyLady is the best source for antique or old linen and homespun.  Here are my sources for newly produced hemps and linens:


EnviroTextile 


Near Sea Naturals 







Quilts, Denyse Schmidt Quilts; sofa, Wisteria


Patchwork: These Denyse Schmidt contemporary quilts would make spectacular upholstery. I prefer only small doses (like a footstool) of quilt-upholstered furniture so that it doesn’t come off as too sweety-sweet. Don’t use antique quilts unless they are in perfect condition. Even though they appear to be in good condition, older fabrics are usually damaged by age and light and will tear or fray with the slightest wear. 







New tea-dyed flag, eBay; Union Jack Chairs by Dan Marty Designs


Show your true colors: Any large piece of cloth will usually work as upholstery. I love the Union Jack chairs shown above. And, notice the nice effect of the uncut thread at the the tufting points. 






Friday
Oct102008

Time to Reupholster, Part 1

Why buy new when there are so many great furniture forms out there waiting for a makeover?  It's an quick way to give your entire space a fresh, new look. And with the economy in the pits and great inexpensive upholstery fabrics, the timing is perfect. Today, I quiz a pro for advice and offer up some reupholstery inspiration. Tomorrow, we recover furniture with non-upholstery alternatives. 


The hardest part of reupholstering anything is finding an upholsterer. If you’re here in Atlanta, I highly recommend New Again. { No, it’s not my company, I’m not related, and I don’t get kickbacks. I’m just a fan!  }  Here’s some great advice on furniture makeovers from Angie Rojas and Fernando Hernandez of New Again




eye spy: What's the difference in a “good” upholstery job and a not-so-good one?  


New Again: A good upholstery job will come from someone with experience.  Ask the upholsterer how many years experience he has.  A good upholsterer will also reinforce the frame if needed, add a little bit of padding to give the piece of furniture that soft feel again and most important, use the fabric correctly to display the pattern (if any) correctly.  You do not want a beautiful pattern lost.  What you also don't want is a lumpy, messy piece. The end result should look and feel as if the furniture is NEW again.  That is the purpose of having old furniture reupholstered. 



eye spy: What's the biggest mistake your clients make?  


New AgainThe biggest mistake our clients make is to choose an upholsterer based only on the price. Besides getting a few quotes, ask questions such as how many years of experience.  Who will be doing the job? The actual upholsterer or a helper that might not be as experienced.  Will the old fabric be removed or will they upholster on top of the existing, bad smelling, dirty fabric? 




eye spy: Do your clients usually come to you for advise and fabric? Or, do they generally know what they want? 


New AgainOur clients normally know what they want as far as fabric type is concerned but we are often asked for advice on changing the furniture style. An expert upholstery can almost always make the changes you want. We have even added rolled arm rests to a piece of furniture that didn't have them!     






Before + After


Maybe it’s my inner crafter, but I love before + after shots. Ah, so nice.



Tiger Lilly Shop via Flickr






Tiger Lilly Shop via Flickr






MennyJ via Flickr







Favorite Fabric Sources

Design Diva Fabrics

Lewis & Sheron

 

 


 

And, from AtticMag:


I Luv Fabrix 

Portsmith Fabric


The Fabric Guy   


Alex Pifer’s Seraph 

 

 




How much do you need? Click here for an upholstery fabric estimator






More Inspiration


From Absolutely Beautiful Things, absolutely beautiful upholstered chairs by Anna Spiro of Black & Spiro





Calandria chair by Anthropologie

 



BOTTOM LEFT, Marimekko fabric; TOP LEFT, Josef Frank fabrics; RIGHT, Antwerp chair, Anthropologie


Loud + Lovely:  Anthropologie does a great job with their boldly upholstered furnishings. The company reintroduced us to Scandinavian fabrics a couple years ago and they are still fresh and fabulous. My favorites are by designer extraordinaire Josef Frank. I also love practically anything Marimekko. Here are my sources:


Just Scandinavian


Marimekko






LEFT, Lynn Morgan Design; RIGHT, Eric Piasecki Photography


CUSHION CONTRAST: Use outdoor fabrics for heavy-traffic seat cushions. Or, use contrasting fabrics to highlight the structure of the piece.




Above: My apologies — sources unknown

 


TOP + BOTTOM LEFT, M Paoletti via Flickr; TOP CENTER, source unknown — my apologies; RIGHT, Elle Decor


Nailheads: According to trade sources, both functional and decorative nailheads are the top trend in upholstery 






Above: Sadia B via Flickr


The anti-fluff:  Crisp and clean and modern 





Above: Astrid chair, Anthropologie

 


Matchy-matchy: An expert upholsterer will pattern-match all joins

 





LEFT, Location Works; TOP RIGHT, Country LIving; BOTTOM RIGHT, Cookie Magazine suggests creating individual zones for a shared room by upholstering headboards in different fabrics


MIX IT UP: Use contrasting fabrics to punch up your furniture and your room




BOTTOM LEFT: Country Living; TOP, Domino advises changing fabrics with your mood by making multiple slipcovers that attach with Velcro; RIGHT, each dining chair in a different color, Domino

 


MORE MIXING: Use two or more fabrics to add visual interest.





BOTTOM LEFT, Anthropologie; TOP LEFT + RIGHT, sources unknown — my apologies; BOTTOM RIGHT, asymmetrical stripe on chairs, Domino


STRIPED: Stripes play nicely with other patterns and adding a bit of zing to any room.






BOTTOM LEFT, The Furniture Joint; BOTTOM CENTER, Baldwin Chair, Jayson Home & Garden; BOTTOM RIGHT, The Furniture Joint; TOP, Tyler Chair, Jayson Home & Garden

 


Vegans, avert your eyes!  Hides add visual interest and durability unmatched by upholstery fabrics.   { Just don’t overdo it by matching leathers on loveseat + sofa + chair + ottoman. }  Click here for a leather conversion chart for estimating the number of hides you’ll need to reupholster your seating.


 




INSET, Random Gardenia via Flickr; MAIN, source unkown — my apologies



COUNTER-CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: ball-fringed pillow via Strange Closets; contrasting trim to show off a great contour; ruffle self-fabric trim via White & Wander; tassle-fringe, Mecox Gardens; brushed fringe trim, Traditional Home


Finish it:  Trim running along fabric seams highlight shape and add a finished look to your piece






Good bones! I found these fabulously shaped pieces when I scoured today’s Craigslist. Squint. Looks better, right?  Now, imagine this furniture reupholstered with your fabric picks. Nice.





Stay tuned for tomorrow's post. eye spy nabs some terrific upholstery-alternatives for recovering furniture.