Upholstery is a great way to extend the life of furniture or to create a fresh new look from an old piece. However, there are a few things that one needs to know before attempting to disassemble and reupholster furniture. This article covers the basics of upholstery and is intended for beginners. So, for the 411 on upholstery for beginners, continue with this article.
Sofa shopping can be an exciting time. You get to create a new look, refresh your living room, and (of course) spend some money! 😉 But, wouldn’t you like to be able to walk into the furniture store and impress the sales associate with your designer knowledge of sofa styles?
A Metallic Finish can unify pieces for a complete look
Old pieces can look fresh and new again with just a little paint and effort, and can even create a set from previously unrelated pieces. Just take a look at this cabinet and oil painting that were headed for the attic. The painting was one of my favorites, but although the previous gold, accented, frame worked nicely with my old paint scheme, it was really clashing with my current gray tones.
The cabinet, prior to this makeover, had a disjointed look to it. It looked as if it couldn’t make up its mind on which style it wanted to be – farm house or modern. The cabinet itself was a simple wooden frame with tin inserts in the door and sides. The frame was black (good for me) and the tin inserts were painted a yellow with rust red accenting.
Seems like the in thing right now is weathered gray furniture, and I have to admit that I am developing a fondness for it as well. I recently found a console at Restoration Hardware that I have been coveting, but it wasn’t exactly the gray color that I was hoping to find. I was looking for more of a dark driftwood tone. Plus, with a price of around $1700, I thought that this would be a good DIY project. I am sorry that I did not take photos of the whole process. However, I have created a sketch up to compensate.
Searching for the right sideboard
A few years ago, I bought a gorgeous,dining table for my hearth room, and every since I have been on the lookout for a sideboard that would look right with it. The table was one of those distressed tables that is made from reclaimed wood and, I wanted something that would look as if it was part of a set. Eventually, I came across a discounted sideboard (75% off) that had the right look, but unfortunately, the finish was a bit too red. It was also missing the legs, which was why it was discounted so much. Of course, I was not to be deterred…… so, on to refinishing the sideboard.