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Thursday January 26th, 2012

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before & after: woven-back chair makeover

I’ve tackled a few chair renovations, but I’ll be honest: caning intimidates me. I’m eagerly awaiting the day that Amanda covers caning in Upholstery Basics, but until then, I’m steering clear. I love this chair renovation from Haley Beham; she’s found an inventive way to mimic the original caning back by weaving strips of cotton…

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Thursday November 10th, 2011

Thursday October 6th, 2011

Thursday June 23rd, 2011

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before & after: reupholstered chair

I took a beginner’s upholstery class last fall, where my fellow students and I were cautioned against choosing an intricately patterned fabric to work with on our first attempt. Stupidly, I ignored my teacher’s advice and chose a plaid — not a great idea. I simply could not get the pattern to align properly and…

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Thursday October 21st, 2010

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Thursday July 8th, 2010

Thursday June 24th, 2010

Thursday September 10th, 2009

Thursday August 20th, 2009

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before & after: seating makeovers

our next before & afters are all about seating. one is from a previous before & after subject and features beautiful pleated upholstery and the other is from a d*s reader who discovered how simple, but elegant, the addition of mirrors can be to basic furniture. first up is d*s reader lori dunbar of marzipan…

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Thursday March 26th, 2009

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before and after: rachel’s chair

this before & after comes from rachel at vintage song bird- this was her first re-upholstery project and i’m just as excited about it as she is. it’s no small task to strip a chair, guts and all, so i’m happy that rachel was able to tackle her first project successfully. thanks, rachel! [have a…

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Thursday March 19th, 2009

Thursday March 12th, 2009

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before & after: chairloom chair

molly at chairloom is no newbie when it comes to reupholstering, but i still love to see her projects- and the incredible fabrics she uses. this chair upgrade comes courtesy of a gorgeous modern floral fabric from roberta roller rabbit (i love that name). it looks so clean and fresh. click here to check out…

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Thursday February 26th, 2009

Thursday February 5th, 2009

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before & after: sarah’s chair

i’m always impressed when anyone takes on their own upholstery project- not only is it a little intimidating to me, but i admire anyone who has the patience to take on more difficult chair and sofa shapes. this diy upholstery project comes from d*s reader sarah- and it’s her first attempt at upholstery. she used…

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Thursday November 13th, 2008