One of my favorite things about design is truly making something your own. My favorite pieces to redo are always sofas and chairs. This is one of the reasons I haunt thrift stores and consignment stores so regularly. I am always looking for some perfect discarded orphans. In this post I’ll be sharing some of my before and afters. I definitely subscribe to the ‘go-bold-or-go-home’ mentality and always try to resource my collection of vintage fabrics when reupholstering.
This is one of my most recent transformations that I’m so excited about. These were a Salvation Army find. I raided my collection of vintage quilts and chose a fun cinnabar lacquer. I love the way these components all came together to create these 70s-granny-chic chairs. If it’s possible, I ask my reupholsterer to use full-down cushions, as you can see here.
Here’s the before. No words needed.
I almost died when I saw this sofa at a local flea market. It was a custom Thomasville piece probably from the forties or fifties. I knew immediately I wanted to transform it into a one-of-a-kind piece recovered in vintage fabrics I recently brought back from Antigua. The original cushions were flat as pancakes and made the whole sofa feel frumpy. By rebuilding the cushions and adding four inches in height, it gave the sofa an overall much more modern feel with a now elevated back.
Here’s the after! It went from frumpy to full and exotic. I love it.
What if you find a great chair profile and you don’t have the budget to have them reupholstered? Here’s a great idea to restyle your chairs without breaking the bank. I found these slipper chairs for $35 and covered them in Moroccan wedding blankets and Mongolian lamb throws. A Berber pillow is the perfect finishing touch! Here’s the before:
Here’s another example where I just threw a vintage Persian rug over my daybed to give it a whole new look. Add some modern pops of art to create a totally modern look.
Chaise Lounges are a favorite of mine. When I found this one in a sad state, I knew it had loads of potential! I covered it in lavender velvet that I purchased for $2 a yard at a fabric closeout. Because of the neutral color, I find there are endless ways to style this piece. It moves from upstairs to downstairs frequently!
My trips to Antigua, Guatemala inspired me endlessly and I brought back as much vintage textiles as customs would allow. No piece of furniture was safe from me chasing it around the house with Guatemalan fabric (a few pieces may have filed restraining orders against me!). No matter! The end results are fabulous and the vintage Guatemalan fabrics are a dream to work with. I plan on going back and restocking my fabric cubby soon. Look out furniture!
Above is one of my absolute favorite pieces.
I hope this helps you see that the possibilities are endless when it comes to re-imagining a new piece of furniture for your home or even redoing some older pieces.
These are my takeaway tips:
- Source grand discarded pieces at thrift and consignment stores.
- Step out of your comfort zone when it comes choosing fabrics, go bold! You don’t want to be bored with it six months later.
- Seek out discount upholstery fabric stores in your area. You never know when you’re going to score $60 a yard fabric for a fraction!
- Find an upholsterer that you’re comfortable with. Ask your friends, or consult an interior designer. They always know the good upholsterers. Secondhand stores can also often recommend good ones.
- Most importantly, have fun!