patience pays off

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery

Usually, when I am dragging my feet on a project, it’s because 1.) I’m not 100% sure of the direction I want to go, 2.) I know what I’d like to do, but the execution of it is going to be tedious, and/or 3.) I question whether I can pull off what I envision. There are times when I bulldoze through, … Read More

progress on the “deconstructed chair”

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery

This is possibly one of the longest chair makeovers ever. I’m working on it in 10-15 minutes increments as time allows, which is not my usual style.  One reason I am so productive is that I knock things out pretty quickly and all in one shot.  The season of cranking pieces out one after the other will come again, but it’s … Read More

upholstering a broken cane-backed chair…

Jeff PottsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Mustard Seed Studio, upholstery

…because you know you wanted to do that at some point in time, right?  Top Google search -“How do I upholster a broken cane-backed chair?”  Well, here is your answer! So, the chair itself isn’t broken, but the cane back is.  It’s actually missing entirely, but that qualifies as broken in my book. I bought this chair quite a while ago … Read More

deconstructed chair progress

Jeff PottsFavorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers, upholstery

Sorry I was a little late getting the online sale up and running tonight!  I will be switching to another shopping cart that will allow me to schedule events, so that doesn’t happen.  Anyway, just hang in there as we’re going through a blog redesign and other updates to make things run faster, smoother, and look even prettier! Anyway, the … Read More

an opinion piece on painted upholstery

Marian Parsonsupholstery

I’m often asked for my opinion on painted upholstery, which I usually field as they come, but I decided I would finally share my opinion in a post. Before I share my opinion on the subject, let me say that I get it.  As an unabashed paint enthusiast, I get it.  You have an old sofa or chair that’s in good shape, … Read More

red & white grain sack chair

Marian Parsonsupholstery

As I said last week, some things from our guest room will be coming up for sale, since we’re converting the guest room into a room for our youngest son.  It’s a little bitter sweet for me, since that room has always been one of my “pretty rooms”, but I’m so happy that both of my boys will have their … Read More

settee makeover | part one

Marian Parsonsupholstery

Do you remember this settee I showed a few weeks ago? Well, it’s all stripped down to the bones now. I tell you what, I have never seen a sofa give up so much change.  We got at least a dollar out of this one when the final count was over. So, now that this one is stripped, I am … Read More

deconstructed chair

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery

There is a small furniture trend that you may or may not have tuned into – deconstructed upholstery. Personally, I’m a fan.  Not in every single case and definitely not for every room, but for just the right old piece, it’s a way to honor the makers of it – to put the hand-tied springs, basted burlap, and wood frame on full … Read More