One of the questions I often get asked is, “Is upholstery really that hard?” Truth is that no, it isn’t when you have the right tools, lots of practice, and plenty of patience. It’s the kinda thing you can figure out the basic jist of it by diving in. To give you a glimpse of how easy it really can be, I’m taking a pair of thrifted footstools and showing you how to dive into footstool upholstery.
Do you see why they need a little…ahem…help? The footstool on the right is a handmade cover that isn’t bad, but just needed some oomph. The footstool on the left was kinda dingy and also could use a lift. That one on the left is the one
Each year my city has a spring clean-up (aka. #trashure hunting supreme) Basically, the city divides up into four quadrants for four weeks and this is the time to get rid of anything you want. Fun part is that people know there are going to be pickers and they set out good stuff too. Let me show you what I mean and how I came about turning this ugly duckling into a feed sack footstool.
My kids and I headed out to run some errands and while out I needed to stop at the thrift store because I have a desk to refinish that needs a chair. While pulling out of the driveway, I announced that this is the start to our quadrant clean-up and I only allow myself to go junkin’ during that time. Fair is fair, right? However, I wasn’t planning on doing any picking until later in the weekend.
Two seconds after those words came out of my mouth, I spied
Our family consists of many members, and some of them just happen to have fur. We bring home our beloved furballs and want to give them the best. Because of that, I have created a pet bed that will surely let your cuddle bug know they are loved. Meet Teddy (aka Ted E. Bear).
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We adopted Teddy when he was 1 ½ years old, since the previous owner had an illness that meant she could no longer care for him as needed. He as been such a loyal, lovable dog. He resides with us 24/7 and is our alarm-barking nut at 9 years of age. Teddy already has a cozy den that he sneaks into where he sleeps, but he is getting older. I wanted to create a snuggly pet bed where he can be with us all the time.
Once I built his bed, there was no
Last week in my kitchen remodel update (you have to see how we’re moving along!), I showed you that I would be giving this one-legged wonder a makeover. This was an upholstered footstool I found laying beside the curbside settee that got an upholstery makeover too, so why not this little guy, right?
I mean, I couldn’t just leave it there looking dysfunctional and needing some love. I snatched it up along with that settee and the rest of this goodness. See how the tripod became something new HERE.
So, I headed to my hardware store and picked up some new legs and brackets and got to work.
Are you form-over-function or function-over-form? I am the latter for sure, which is why I have fun creating my functional pieces from repurposed finds. Earlier this week, I showed you how I took several flea market finds and created farmhouse decor, but I also promised to show you what I would do with that vintage soda crate in those finds. Check it out…
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Certainly that vintage soda crate has potential just as-is. You could use it mounted to the wall as a rustic shelf, you could fill it with your collections on a table top for a vintage display, or even as a planter. But, when over the last few months, I was inspired by a replica of a vintage soda crate foot stool by Decor Steals.
I thought to myself, “Certainly, I could make that”. tsk.
So, off to my stash of gorgeous legs I went to find me a set, (no made in China stuff here!) and here is what I pulled out.
It’s fun to take a stroll down memory lane and every Tuesday this month my blogger friends and I are digging into our archives and pulling out some of our favorite makoevers for Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. For this week, I have decided to focus on some of my favorite rocking chair makeovers, including one in particular.
Some of my most coveted custom orders from my shop have been for rocking chairs for new moms or moms-to-be. What a true blessing that is to be able to help someone welcome a new person to the world. So when another request came in for an upholstered rocking chair, I set out to find
Last week while I was working on my curbside settee makeover, my oldest son had picked a new project for himself to work on as well. He recently reworked a little girls vanity and it sold quickly from my shop, and we were looking for another large piece for him when I spied this vintage desk on Craigslist.
It had been for sale for a little while and I was keeping an eye on it for a potential project for myself. Since I had plenty to work on, I asked my son if he wanted to have a try at it. I contacted the owner and it turned out to be a neighbor two houses down. Small world, eh?
She was so nice to let us come over and take a peek. I was a bit hesitant to let my son take on the desk because the top had a split in it where the boards had warped and lifted. I didn’t have much time to spare to help him out fixing it, but we decided to take it anyway.
Isn’t it swell to have friends in the same mindset as you? The ones that can drive past a pile of trash and see something they know you’ll love. I love friends like that. sniff sniff. My friend and fellow junker, Mandy, was driving home one day and spied this antique settee amidst other goodies on the curb one day. She gave me a quick call and told me she saw something that she thought I would like. gulp.
You bet your lucky stars she peaked my interest. My kids and I love a good trashure hunt, so we hopped in the truck and headed over. Would you have left it sitting curbside? Not me!
The best part is, that wasn’t the only goodies to be found. Here is what else I scored on that run.
Table legs, bed posts, lumber, a surveyors tripod, lamp shade, footstool, and a bag of garment hangers….POTENTIAL!
I’m doing a happy dance because today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! It’s a fun time when I get to join up with my bloggin’ gals to inspire you to see past the junk and find the treasure beneath a thrifted goodie or curbside find. My trashure piece, a Bentwood rocker, was found curbside while on my way home from a garage sale. Check out my haul…
Junky heaven, right? From the garage sale and only $10 later, I found some wood turnings, old rusty tools, salvaged rocking chair rockers, a vintage