Have you always wanted to upcycle a chair, revamp a stool or make your own headboard but had no idea where to start or thought it was way too difficult? Then this is the book for you as it will take you by the hand and guide you through the techniques you need to give an unloved piece of furniture a new lease of life. Perfect for the absolute beginner and nervous starter are ten projects; a laundry bin, Danish-style dining chair, vintage sewing box, buttoned footstool, blanket box, Ercol sofa, round bedroom chair, patchwork nursery chair, mid-century sofa and fluted headboard. Each will introduce you to all you need to know about modern upholstery, from choosing the right vintage or new fabric, to achieving a professional result. A special feature is a time-lapse video for every project accessed by scanning the QR code or keying a code into your browser.
Offers a guide to beginners that are inspired to renovate, restore or update a piece of upholstery, and provides refurbishing techniques and projects from start to finish.
Contemporary Upholstery combines straightforward upholstery techniques with advice on choosing and styling fabrics, inspiring people to rescue and revive all sorts of furniture. Packed full of fabric advice, yardage charts, upholstery tutorials, and case studies that feature salvaged and inexpensive furniture, this book is the perfect go-to-guide for the many sewers, designers, artists and creative folk who would happily dive into a flurry of fabric, staples, paints, and webbing to update and transform pieces of furniture. The first section of the book provides an overview of the tools and materials commonly used for upholstery. The second is devoted to fabric, including detailed advice on choosing and working with fabric. Section three then provides practical tutorials that are technique rather than project driven and range from quick makeovers to simple solutions for processes like webbing and springing. Twelve case studies are included, all from designers who have taken the plunge and successfully re-upholstered their home furniture. They explain their fabric and colour choices, the challenges faced and offer valuable money- and time-saving tips for stunning results.
In today's thrifty times it is seems right to re-use fabrics and buttons and customize old clothes rather than buying brand new ones. The Buttonbag book is packed with instruction and ideas on how to re-use, re-cycle and re-create fantastic things, thereby transforming old into new. There are about 40 step-by-step projects for a range of items including items for the home, clothes and accessories for all ages plus patterns, templates and basic techniques. Illustrated with photographs and hand-painted illustrations, the emphasis is on simple, easy-to-make items with a twist.
This is a complete resource for furniture upholstering, regardless of your abilities, with easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions explaining all the essential upholstery techniques, from covering buttons to stripping and upholstering entire chairs.Build your skills at your own pace, with advice on the basics such as choosing materials and tools for the job and estimating yardage, as well as more complex upholstering techniques.It features invaluable advice on what to look for when buying second hand furniture, teaching you what's fixable and what's not as well as how to avoid costly mistakes by choosing the right stitches, and techniques and textiles for the job.
Ever thought about transforming that rusty old item in the garage into something awesome to impress your dinner guests, or fancied refurbishing the random old dining chair in the shed but don’t have the tools or know-how? In Upcycling, Max McMurdo teaches you how to discover your inner design genius, where to find great scrap items, and techniques on how to transform them into great designs. Max shows simple design ideas throughout the book that will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and have a go. Step away from the chipboard and venture out of your comfort zone into a glorious world of doodles, sanding, waxing, stunning colours and the satisfaction of telling people you made that! You don’t have to own expensive tools or have any previous experience. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, whereas others may take the best part of a weekend and combine several different materials, techniques and tools. Whichever project you choose the most important thing is to have fun and remember design is all about experimenting and learning – and not about always getting it right!
The most comprehensive, user-friendly upholstery book on the market just got better! Over its lifetime, SINGER Upholstery Basics has sold nearly 150,000 copies. Now, with five new projects and an entirely fresh presentation, SINGER Upholstery Basics Plus is truly the best book for beginners and seasoned upholstery buffs alike. All the basic upholstery techniques are taught. Projects include all styles of chairs or couches, stools, different styles of ottomans, a bench, and a headboard. Some projects are built-from-scratch items that require only simple carpentry skills for building the frames. Others show the complete process of stripping, repairing, and reupholstering old furniture pieces to like-new condition. Large color photos of the step-by-step instructions set this book apart from all the others. 300+ photos show the techniques in great detail, plus 5 new projects Projects are practical and most representative of the types of furniture pieces usually reupholstered or constructed from scratch
If the idea of upholstering your own furniture seems daunting, then this is the book for you! Beginners' Upholstery Techniques explains everything you need to tackle those projects, from fixing a stool with a drop-in seat and refurbishing a fold-out screen to handling more complex pieces, such as armchairs and sofas. Expert upholsterer and author David James guides you through a wide range of techniques and styles, and provides information on tools, materials, paddings, and fabrics. Packed with creative ideas that can be adapted for any item of furniture, this comprehensive guide is the must-have companion for any budding upholsterer.
Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.
"This is the manual for anyone who wants to become a skilled upholsterer: the techniques are taught through a series of 15 progressive projects accompanied by full-colour step-by-step photographs." --from cover, p. 4.
'Filled with inexpensive and relatively easy do-it-yourself design projects for the home. Step-by-step photos show you how to do everything from dipping vintage cutlery in paint and reupholstering an armchair in shoelaces to covering a wall in mirrors' - Telegraph 'True original Pascal Anson urges us, with winning wit and idiot-proof step-by-steps to turn ''dad'' jeans, an ugly table, holey trainers, mismatched cutlery [...] into desirable stuff using the alchemy of imagination. His brief? Low skill levels and high concept' - World of Interiors In Ordinary Made Extraordinary designer, artist and maverick-maker Pascal Anson shows how easy it is to transform everyday items into extraordinary statement pieces. Make ordinary a thing of the past with 24 inspiring and achievable projects including: - Create a chandelier with just a few rolls of Sellotape. - Cast a stunning concrete plant pot. - Build a child’s treehouse with cling film. There are ideas for projects for everyone – from repairing and reinventing worn out trainers, to bigger projects such as the wood-clad car and the stylish hairy chair.
“This massive compilation of facts, skills, techniques, designs, and insider advice tells you everything....Set up your own workshop with just a few tools, a staple gun, cloth, and foam cutters. It's practically enough information to make you a professional upholsterer!”—Decorating Country Style.
The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger “Thank you,” wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, “for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern.” They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space. That reader is one of the 75,000 unique daily visitors to Design*Sponge, who make it the most popular design site on the web. The site receives 250,000 pageviews every day and has 150,000 RSS subscribers and 280,000 followers on Twitter. Design*Sponge fans have been yearning for the ultimate design manual from their guru, Grace, and she has finally delivered with this definitive guide, which includes: • Home tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers • Fifty DIY projects, with detailed instructions for personalizing your space • Step-by-step tutorials on everything from stripping and painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and doing your own upholstery • Fifty Before & After makeovers submitted by readers of Design*Sponge—real people with limited time and realistic budgets • Essential tips on modern flower arranging, with 20 arrangements With over 700 color photos and illustrations and projects that are customizable, relatable, and affordable, this is the democratizing design book everyone has been waiting for.
With clear step-by-step instructions throughout, Quick & Easy Upholstery shows you how to rescue old and beautiful chairs, beds, and footstools with fabulous new fabrics, and renovate treasured family heirlooms in perfect period style. By saving the money you would have spent on someone else doing the work, you can afford to splash out on a really special length of cloth and create stunning pieces of furniture that reflect your own individual style.
In the second updated edition David James provides an encylopedic guide to the techniques and materials involved in upholstery. The book covers everything from traditional handwork to the latest industrial techniques, giving a complete overview of the upholstery trade. Five step-by-step projects follow, to enable readers to put a few of the key techniques explained into practice. Almost 500 detailed line drawings created by the author illustrate every aspect covered in the text. The book also includes advice on estimating costs for materials for the budding professional. The restorer will find a wealth of material on historical styles and techniques. This new edition also includes an updated bibliography and contacts section.
New in paperback, this is a practical guide demonstrating valuable upholstery skills that give new life to both period pieces and modern furniture - from an ottoman and dining chairs to stools, headboards and screens. In eye-capturing style The Upholsterer's Handbook offers everything you need and more, in order to prepare and inspire you to create beautifully upholstered furniture. The upholstered pieces range in skill level from simple seats to more complex items such as a button-back chair. Various styles of furniture are covered, from classic and elegant to other more styled and designer pieces. The Upholsterer's Handbook opens with sections on sourcing furniture, tools and materials, and choosing fabrics - including finishes and trimmings, which are often the key to the success of a piece. With special photography throughout, basic techniques are illustrated step-by-step, from stripping back to top stuffing to making cushions. 18 stunning projects are featured with varying skill levels, covering such diverse items as a G-plan chair, a sofa, a '70s flower-shaped stool, dining chairs, and headboards. Throughout Nicole Fulton demonstrates techniques using linen, satin, velvet, leather, cowhide, and other fabrics that give the furniture a unique contemporary look.
From faux marble topped tables to hand-painted fabric, Upstyle Your Furniture is a comprehensive and inspirational guide to techniques for furniture that has been lovingly customized. Packed with helpful charts, tips and advice on how to treat a number of surfaces and tutorials for a host of versatile techniques, Upstyle Your Furniture also includes a number of engaging case studies that provide a valuable insight into the various challenges faced by other non-professionals, encouraging readers to take the plunge and have a go for themselves. Featured examples provide stylish inspiration for every room in the house, from lounges and bedrooms to kitchens and bathrooms, as well as fun and practical ideas for kids’ bedrooms. Emphasizing the notion that absolutely anyone can try their hand at DIY décor, Upstyle Your Furniture has an appealingly fresh, sophisticated aesthetic and features the latest contemporary styles in DIY furniture treatments, making it a far cry from the dry instructions and dated fashions that can be found in many other books on the subject. Beautifully illustrated tutorials and easy-to-follow instructions cover a wide range of techniques, arming readers with the skills and confidence to tackle their own projects. Bursting with inspiration and focusing firmly on core techniques rather than prescriptive projects, Upstyle Your Furniture has strong backlist credibility and is perfectly placed to tap into the huge market of design-savvy creatives represented by blogs and hip brands such as Design*Sponge, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Apartment Therapy.
This book is bursting with inspirational images, tips and ideas. Sixteen contemporary projects are covered in useful step-by-step tutorials. There is a detailed chapter dedicated solely to the different techniques you will need to know in order to make a fabric lampshade for yourself--techniques such as creating a soft-sided lampshade using just hand stitching, or hand stitching and glue, machine stitching, using laminated PVC to create a drum lampshade, pleating, and creating balloon linings. At the end of the book there is a hugely useful resources section and a visual feast for the eyes: several pages of nothing but beautiful lampshade. Read on, learn how, and let your imagination run wild.
Create your own soft furnishings, from cushions to curtains Make your home uniquely yours with Handmade Interiors, the one-stop guide to creating your own bespoke soft furnishings. Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.
Recycle, revamp and rejuvenate; with over 50 projects Sarah covers a whole spectrum of imaginative ideas for every room of the house, from blanket curtains to patchwork wallpaper, clever storage crates to fun mobiles for children, as well as unique ideas for dining, sleeping and bathing. Interweaved throughout the book are ideas for 'one thing four ways' to show how the same piece of furniture or a room can be updated with different look, plus handy advice on essential kit and techniques. Aimed at all skill levels, the projects can be completed in a few hours or over a weekend so you can revamp and refurbish your home in no time at all.

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