Several years ago I started doing (very) small furniture makeovers here and there, nothing that required more than a little primer and some spray paint or fabric and a staple gun. And I didn’t do anything of the sort in ANY of my client projects. But recently I decided I would actually learn some upholstering and furniture making basics and actually put them to use.
Since going green in 2013, I have made an attempt to save furniture that is solid and sturdy but needs help in some way. Along the way, I have learned a lot – like why it costs so much to have pieces reupholstered. Like interior designers & interior decorators, upholsterers and builders are highly skilled craftsmen (and women); what they do is very labor intensive and takes A LOT of education, practice, patience, and talent.[Tweet “Like interior designers & interior decorators, upholsterers and builders are highly skilled craftsmen (and women); what they do is very labor intensive and takes A LOT of education, practice, patience, and talent.”]
Here are a few items that have been saved from being trashed, misused, or otherwise forgotten in 2015.
Paint and recover the seats on dining chairs. Get the full story here.
Do you have an ottoman or 2 that have seen better days? Make a custom bench.
Give laminate furniture new life with a paint job. YES it can be done!
Perk up tried and true solid wood furniture with a new paint color and standout hardware.
Got leather? Neither does this “bonded leather” recliner that’s been revamped based on this inspiration piece.
Bonus makeover: This one is not furniture but it’s still worth mentioning that lights can be transformed too.
These are just a few examples of what you can do with a little time, training/research, and imagination. Every project like this that I work on leaves me feeling really great about the money saved and the fact the I’ve created a one of a kind piece that no one else is likely to have EVER.
Clients are happy, I’m happy, the environment is happy I’ve kept something out of landfills. Furniture makeovers are a win, win, win!