Posts Tagged ‘upholstery’

Dynamic Duo Do-Over!


Well, autumn in Minneapolis was nice while it lasted! It’s Tuesday, in the ’20s, and I’m headed out to International Market Square on a fabric hunt for a new client. Yes, we’re in the market for some hot pinks (which will warm up her living room, freshly painted in cool gray.) She used Mythic paint 139-2, Calla […]

SLP Office Reno: Before and After!


This project, for a home business office in St. Louis Park, was a challenge and a pleasure! It was done in a little more than a month’s time, on a $1,000 materials budget, and as a surprise for one of its occupants! Linden Hills Florist co-owner Anne Schultz wanted to redo this office as a surprise […]

Warming Trend On A Cold Day!


The Winter Without End has begun to wear a bit. I sat down to post about a chaise lounge project, and found myself thinking about one of my favorite upholstery fabrics instead,  simply because I wanted to look at something bright and happy. I’ve used this fun Richloom”Wizard” fabric before — I love it here […]

Hot! Hot! Hot!


  Maybe it’s the relentless onslaught of Midwestern winter, or just a yearning for more tropical temps, but this gorgeous Ikat screamed “take me home” last week, and so I did! Admittedly, I’ve been in a “hot” color state of mind. You’ll recall the plum and  fuchsia palette from this post last week on a […]

FIne Feathers for a Frenchy Chair!


I know without reservation that this chair will not be the cheese on everyone’s cracker. But it is my client’s, for many good reasons! Done up in a handsome Thomas Paul “Plume” print (@ShopThomasPaul), this chair updates the stuffy blue velvet version she inherited from her mother. The chair has great sentimental value to her, […]

A Fine Little Footstool!


This piece is a lot smaller than many of my client projects, but this little item has a lengthy story. My client’s mother’s well-used, well-loved footstool was so disreputable looking that she had grown tired of looking at it. She exiled it to the garage, where she wouldn’t have to think about its one loose […]

Durachrome Do-Over!


Do you love these four retro metal chairs as much as I do? They are part of a 1950s Durachrome dinette set belonging to Retro-Loving Client. The set is one of her best estate sale finds! That gorgeous metal mesh seemed a bit cold for RLC’s needs — she wanted this set for her lake […]

X-Bench Makeover!


  This fabulous, Klismos-inspired bench has a new home! It sold at the Merry, Merry Market, a day after it was finished! The happy, greige and white Ikat fabric looks great with the drybrushing technique and an armada of nickel nailheads! But check out what it looked like before: It was a pretty ratty castoff […]

Merry, Merry Market: New Chairs From Old!


The gorgeous white armchairs with the Celtic knot detailing and the Robert Allen fabric in cocoa and orchid sold yesterday at the Merry, Merry Market, and these are the just-finished chairs that took their place in the setup! Don’t you love the Thibault fabric from Hirshfield’s in the geometric lemon, gray and cream chain pattern? […]

Merry, Merry Market Prep: Farmhouse Chairs Get Citified!


Check out the fancy pants on these great chairs! Purchased from a friend whose hoarder tendencies were disrupting the marital harmony in her house, the pair arrived glossy white but not quite perfect. Maybe it was seeing them in their burlap skivvies, but I was inspired to distress them a bit more. Love how it […]

A Story of Cane and Able!


This beautiful chair had humble beginnings! It was a curbside rescue, perfectly sound except for the damaged cane seat. This chair’s good bones and solid construction made it a great candidate for webbing the seat by way of repair, and to make it ready for an upholstered cushion. A few coats of French Linen Chalk […]

Remember Me?


Check out this fab, mid-century mod-style chair, retrieved yesterday from the Talented Local Upholsterer and ready for Thursday’s Junk Bonanza appearance!) Love love love! But do you remember its humble beginnings? It got its start as a humble curbside find this spring! All it needed was “Rising Sun” fabric from Robert Allen (a viscose/poly blend […]

Damask Love!


  Who doesn’t love an au courant chocolate brown and white damask to give a stuffy old Bergere a kick in the  cabriole?!! This chair was a thrift shop find (really, a very old frame, not repro. Solid and gorgeous) but looked as if it had staggered out of Grandma’s parlor on its own four […]

Sassy Boudoir Chair Reborn!


  The business of blogging is not for the overly busy! Sorry to be such an infrequent correspondent. Am preparing for the Junk Bonanza Sept. 12-15 in Canterbury and most of the writing I’m doing right now is profiling many of the 140 fabulous vendors for the Bonanza blog! But back to the business of […]

A Chair to Spare!


  Maybe it’s the crazy heat, but I sure haven’t wanted to tackle any of the really big jobs that await in the garage-turned studio right now! Major reclamation jobs? Not so much. That’s why this cute but exceedingly dirty farmhouse chair drew my attention. My friend Jane at Mustard Moon was tired of carrying […]

AFTER: Fabric Speaks “Volumes”!


  Do you recognize this chair? It was featured on this blog earlier with a sort of a non-descript oatmeal with a vaguely scary 70s plum cast to it? A new coat of many colors, thanks to the classic Anna Maria Horner “Volumes” print, and this chair is back in circulation! Blah exterior, we hardly […]

Ripe for Stripes!


  Have been crazy busy getting ready for the Mother’s Day Market, as well as wrapping up a successful staging project and juggling client work, but thought you might enjoy this diminutive beauty as much as I do! The castoff frame came with standard Early American maple wood finish and that’s about it! No stuffing, […]

A Leg (or Four) to Stand On!


This is the ultimate “Before” post, and it feels a little cheesy/tease-y to run it without any “After” pictures, but I’m excited about the first phase of the “Before,” and want to share! I scored this set of four cool carved Indonesian wood feet at the sale of an occasional dealer who is downsizing her living […]

Greek to Me!


Don’t you love the classic Grecian shape of a Klismos chair?  This one was plucked from the ranks at a thrift store, its dark woodstain mottled, bare and spotty. When I saw this quilted fabric tucked beneath a row of indoor-outdoor material at Hancock Fabric, I knew its tan, cream and blue palette would be […]

Oh, Suzani!


  Just back from the Talented Local Upholsterer, this slipper chair rocks in two coordinating Premier Print Suzani patterns! (Of course, in my excitement, I neglected to iron the front panel before photographing. Live and learn in blogging world…) This is what it looked like before… … when I nabbed it from a neighborhood sale. […]

When Good Chairs Go Bad


This sweet seat wasn’t always a Bad Chair. Even though I found it languishing in a thrift store, scuffed and sad, its lovely retro lines and sturdy construction bore the hallmarks of decidedly decent seating. But its collapsed webbing, coalesced cushioning and ugly upholstery mean it is in for a major rehab job. Today, the […]

I’ve Seen That Fabric Somewhere Before…


This cool print from Waverly, “Circular Motion,” is one of my favorite textiles! I love how it looks on fabric bulletin boards. I made this one, with a tramp art-style frame, drybrushed with cream, this fall! I’m working on a 4 and a half-foot board using the same fabric with a wide cream frame (and […]