upholstered Christmas banner tutorial

Marian ParsonsHoliday, Tutorials, upholstery44 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Christmas decor and tripped across this sweet “Happy Christmas” banner at Terrain.  The vintage-looking stuffed velvet letters appealed to me, but I wasn’t a fan of the color or the unevenness of the letters. I liked the idea of making one, but I had to think through how to make it.  The inspiration … Read More

the unpainted desk & hemp chair

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, buying & selling antiques, Favorite Finds, upholstery32 Comments

Despite what some may think, I don’t paint everything. Most of the furniture pieces I buy are in need of some help.  They’re tired, worn, spotted with water rings, sporting chipped & bubbled veneer and have seen better days.  Because of that, I don’t feel the slightest hesitation about painting them. Some pieces, though, are just perfect as is.  Such was … Read More

the French twins

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, upholstery46 Comments

French Chair Makeovers - Miss Mustard Seed

I told you there were lots of furniture makeovers on the way!  Here’s another one… Remember this pair of French chairs?  I found them on Craig’s List for a good price and they were in really nice condition.  A reader asked why I don’t just leave them alone.  It’s true, I could probably sell them as is, but they aren’t … Read More

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, upholstery38 Comments

 This chair has been languishing in my basement for a while…almost a year, I think.  Sometimes I don’t work on pieces because I’m stalling, busy, uninspired or it keeps falling to the bottom of the to-do list.  I think other times, providence plays a small role.  I wasn’t really sure what fabric I was going to use on this piece … Read More