there is a time & a place for burlap

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery52 Comments

Remember when we were all collectively wooed by burlap?  It’s cheap.  It’s neutral.  It brings lots of texture to the space.  And, did I mention that it’s cheap? So, burlap was everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Curtains, wreaths, dust ruffles, pillows, upholstery, table linens…  burlap wasn’t off limits for anything home decor.  It still isn’t, really.  If you run a search for burlap … Read More

the awl that quite possibly saved my life

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery84 Comments

Remember my struggles with the tufted sofa?  I’m not usually paranoid about inanimate objects, but I felt like I needed to keep an eye on that one.  It silently threatened to “do me in” with its seemingly bulletproof batting and ridiculous amount of tufts. I finally learned how to speak a language this sofa would understand… Let’s just say that … Read More

this sofa will be the death of me…

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery79 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I always start projects with great optimism and enthusiasm.  And most of the time things go smoothly. This is not one of those times. Stripping the upholstery was pretty easy, because three of us worked on it in turns… And painting the frame?  No problem. I added a layer of batting to the back, so … Read More

tufting a sofa | fabric covered buttons

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery22 Comments

I totally understand that tufting is intimidating.  It’s tedious and it can look really bad if it’s not done well.  And, if you’re tufting from scratch, it involves math. Geometry at that. So, if you’ve shied away from tufting, that’s okay.  You are in the company of many, many other good people who would just rather buy a piece of furniture than … Read More

tufted sofa progress

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery25 Comments

I have a lot of “business-y” things on my to-do list for the month, so it’s important that I balance it out with creative work…projects that are fun for me to work on, take pictures of, and share here on the blog.  I’m trying to resist the urge to buy new things and, instead, work on pieces that have been … Read More

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, gardening, My House, Tutorials, upholstery23 Comments

I’ve been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it’s finally starting to come together.  I know I’m not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that’s life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle – … Read More

bolster pillow cover

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House, upholstery13 Comments

I said in my last post that I was going to be sewing up a storm and I definitely did.  I finished four accent pillows and two pillow cases and glued the welting on the second bergere chair.  A photo shoot is happening in my house next week and I’m using it as an excuse to get things finished that … Read More

reupholstery tutorial | French wing chair | part 1

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House, Tutorials, upholstery15 Comments

It’s time for another upholstery series!  If you missed my last one, I showed how to upholster a wood-framed, French-style chair.  You can find it HERE.  If you’re scared of upholstery, you’re going to like the way I upholster and teach.  I’m a DIY, self-taught upholsterer, not a “professional.”  I started upholstering dining chair seat cushions and benches with a … Read More