I had two IKEA Tullsta chairs in their basic white canvas. I had previously recovered the lumbar pillows but a new couch in gray made the white look too stark (the previous couch I had slipcovered in white canvas). I had never reupholstered anything, but I had done a few slipcovers. The chairs had simple lines and I did not have to fix the padding, so I gave it a try. Continue Reading →
A staple gun and simple sewing skills are all that’s needed to reupholster an office chair or any type of chair. The slipcovered back with dressmaker details allows for washing when needed. Here’s how to do it… Continue Reading →
I was given this tired wooden magazine rack that had been bought at a garage sale. I updated the look with paint, glaze and buttons.
Here’s how to go about reviving a magazine rack with paint and buttons:
I recently was given two of my Great-grandmother’s antique side chairs by my cousin. While the wood in the chairs had gained a nice patina in their 100+ years, the fabric—which was not original—was falling apart and in need of replacement. While refinishing the wood of an antique piece of furniture would greatly decrease its value (don’t ever do it), replacing fabric does not impact value.
How to Go About Replacing a Chair’s Fabric is Easy
I picked a rich, classic geometric pattern that would complement the wood. One thing to keep in mind when choosing fabric for chairs is weight and thickness. Heavier fabric will wear well and any variations in the stuffing beneath it won’t show. Also think about the size of the pattern: a large pattern on a small area such as a seat will be cut off. Keep it small in scale so most of the pattern will be seen. Also lay out the pattern for each seat so they are all the same. Here’s how I went about replacing the seat fabric: Continue Reading →
This easy, fabric insert headboard is crafted from a wood screen. You could also use wood shutters. No sewing skills or carpentry needed.