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

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Marian ParsonsTutorials, upholstery27 Comments

I finished painting, staining and slip covering the four Craig’s List chairs for the dining room a fewweeks ago and have been on the hunt for chairs to use for the ends of the table.  As it happens, I’ve had two other French cane chairs that are almost identical to the Craig’s List ones in my basement stash.  I bought … Read More


Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Tutorials, upholstery59 Comments

 Several people asked for a tutorial on the part upholstered/part slipcovered French chair I revealed yesterday, so this is it!  This isn’t a comprehensive upholstery post, but it will give you an idea of what’s involved in upholstering the back and arms of a chair in this style. To get you started, you can read THIS POST on stripping upholstery.  I didn’t … Read More


Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Miscellaneus, My House, upholstery44 Comments

After a whirlwind week of activities and festivities, we dropped my parents off at the airport this afternoon.   We got so much accomplished, it’s amazing.  I started getting a little teary-eyed today when I saw so many projects complete.  I know that’s silly, but some of them have been five years in the making and now they’re almost done. Before … Read More