Upholstered Walls

 Good Morning!

I would love to live in a padded room.   Although some days I do feel like I’m beating my head against a wall and could use a soft spot to do it, I’m not talking about that kind of padded room.  I’m talking about upholstered walls. Being a part-time upholsterer, I’m always looking for interesting ways to use upholstery, and this certainly falls into that category.  I love the texture that they bring to a space.  Some are very overt with large tufting or finished with nail-head trim, while others are quite subtle.  But whatever the type, they are a great addition to a space.


photos via (1,2,3,4,5,6)

What do you think of upholstered walls?  Is it something you would do in your space?


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Before and After – The Tale of Two Roundback Chairs

Good Morning!

Today I’m featuring a long overdue before and after on a project that completed almost a year ago now.  I was waiting until I could take a photo of finished project in the clients house and they have been doing renovations.  But now I can share! The project was a pair of beautifully shaped round-back chairs. I posted about the project along the way so you can see some of the progress photos here and here.

Any upholsterer would agree that when you get a piece with a rounded back it’s bittersweet.  They are so gorgeous once complete, but a b*tch to reupholster, especially with a patterned fabric.

This is that the chairs looked like before…..

And here is what they look like now!

I’m all for pink but these chairs are 1000 times better is this amazeballs fabric, don’t you think?

Love them, and happy to finally get this project posted.  In the next few weeks I should have two or three more more projects to share with you.

Have a lovely day!


Yesterday’s Guest Post and a New Project

Good Morning!

Before I share with you my new project, I wanted to let you know that yesterday I was over at First Time Fancy doing a guest post.  If you didn’t know, Kerry and her family are moving to beautiful BC next week so she is crazy busy packing up her lovely home.  She was looking for some help with posting during this crazy time so, to help out I put together a little post all about florals.  If you didn’t see it yesterday, you should check it out.

Now, moving on to the newest upholstery project that I’m working on over at Re:style Studio.  It’s going to be a big transformation – but here a little sneak peek.

I’m taking this condo-sized sofa belonging to my friend Amber….

and transforming it into a sofa that is a cross between this….


and this…


It’s going to be fabulous when it is all done, and I cannot wait to show you the final product!

Have a fabulous day!


Pretty Upholstery Trims

Good Morning!

When people hear upholstery trim, they typically think about the standard fabric covered piping.  However, the world of upholstery trim is broad and there are a lot of lovely varieties out there, from very intricate to very simple. I’ve been coming across some really interesting trims recently so in today’s post I’m highlighting a few pretty ones and pairing them with some fabrics that I think they would look great with.  Sure, normally it’s the other way around, you pick fabric first and then your trim, but since these trims are so fun I’m making them the main event today.

I love this flat embroidered trim.  It’s very vintage looking but would add a punch to the simple linen fabric I’ve paired it with below on, say, a set of dining chairs.

Here is another pretty flat floral trim below would work well for a chair in a little girls room paired with the pale purple geometric fabric below.

I love this mustard yellow wide woven trim, and I think it would look great paired with this fabulous yellow and grey ikat fabric.

This pink and white cording just screams pretty, but would be given a modern edge with the tie-dyed style pink fabric below.

I love the intricate detail of this french style green and pink gimp trim and it would be even better paired with a soft green animal print fabric.

And finally another french style gimp trim in this gorgeous indigo colour.  And paired with this lovely indigo fabric I think it will be a head turner.

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Just a note, I’m going to be removing my custom fonts today or tomorrow and they may be down for a few days, so don’t be alarmed by the change, they will be back!


Before and After: Green Sofa

Good afternoon, and Happy Saturday!

Today I’m featuring Recreated’s most recently completed upholstery project for Re:style Studio. This was a really great project! Based on the needs of the client, the piece had to be re-designed and parts built from scratch, but the challenge just made it more fun.

Here is what I had to start…..

The piece was found by the client but it didn’t have a cushion.  Also, the client didn’t want a tufted back, so I had some shape re-design to do, but first the gorgeous antique frame was refinished in a pale gold.

As you can see, the fabric the client chose was a rich jewel-toned green velvet. I built up the back and sides with smooth curved lines, so that it retained the original antique look (i.e. not too bulky), but was still comfortable to sit on.

Once the fabric was on, matching twisted cord was used for piping around the edges.

Then we had to build a cushion from scratch, which was very fun.  We decided to make one large french-style settee cushion.  Andrea of Re:style sourced a 10 pound bag of down feathers and I sewed up a form. Getting the feathers in the cushion was definitely a two-person job! But even with both Andrea and I on the job, by the time we were finished we were literally eating feathers.  I think it was at least a few days before the feathers were totally gone from the studio.  Here is an uber-unflattering photo of us after the cushion filling….but I wanted you to see the feather chaos.

hmm, now that I look at it, this photo is also a little phallic…..and given that fact, I may be hugging the cushion a little too lovingly, but I digress.  Once the cushion was made, I sewed up the fabric cover, and it was done!

And here is a picture of the finished product, shot in the client’s home!

Another challenging and rewarding project with Re:style Studio.

  If you are interested in getting quote for one of your projects contact me at lgrecreated@gmail.com

Have a great day!

To Re-Upholster or Not?

Good morning!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me whether they should reupholster a piece of furniture or buy new, so I thought I would give you some food for thought on the topic. There are a few questions you should ask yourself when you are deciding whether to reupholster a piece of furniture…

1) Do you love the piece of furniture?

Vitra Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton via

If you are going to invest in re-upholstering a piece it has to be because you really want to keep that piece.  Whatever reason that is; it’s comfy, it was given to you by a close relative or friend, you love the shape, or it just speaks to you in some way. Or maybe you have an amazing vision of what you want it to become. Regardless, you gotta love it.

2) Does the quality of the piece warrant re-upholstering?

via Blondie from Spaghetti Western Style

Let me start by saying, I love IKEA.  I have bought many things from there in my day and will likely continue to do so.  However, spending the money to re-upholster one of their chairs or sofas (or any other low-cost, lower quality piece of furniture ) may not be your best choice. To start, if you are happy with something that is uber affordable but perhaps not a long-term investment, for the price of re-upholstery, you likely could buy a brand new sofa. The frame quality would not be as high as it would be with older, better built furniture, so investing in a piece of lesser quality would not be the best value.  Unless you answered yes to the question above and you love the piece far too much to get rid of it, I would opt to have lesser quality pieces slip-covered instead.  On the flip side, because it is getting harder and harder to find long-lasting, well made furniture, if you already have a piece with a high quality frame (perhaps an antique) then it makes perfect sense to invest in re-upholstering it.

3) Do you want something truly custom?

photo via Karen from Sew Many Ways

Re-upholstery gives you the rare opportunity to create something unique and specific to you or to your space.  You can choose fabrics, wood finishes, paint colours, trims and even how soft or hard you want it to be when you park your tush on it.  It’s the ultimate in custom furniture.  Also, if you have an interesting piece of furniture that you would have a hard time finding retail in stores, re-upholstery makes it possible to reinvent that piece to suit you.

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4) Do you like the idea of recycling and reusing?

Making old new again, its my favorite part of upholstery. (Wrapping my head around the same concept with my own aging face is more of  challenge, but I digress.) I truly love the idea that furniture can breathe new life with the right effort and care. And reusing/recycling furniture can help keep pieces from ending up in the landfill. However, don’t go calling David Suzuki yet, re-upholstering existing pieces doesn’t necessarily mean you are being “eco-friendly” or “green”.  Depending on the stuffing, fabric, or finishing being used you may not be totally green. It’s a complicated topic but if you want a little more information, I wrote a post last spring about eco upholstery fabrics (which you can find here). And also check out this piece written by Jo Alcorn of Whitewash and Co on Verdigris Vie.

5) Are you prepared to spend potentially as much you would to buy new?

People tend to assume that having an existing piece and re-upholstering will be cheaper than buying new.  Sometimes this is true, for things like dining chairs or small chairs with very little fabric to be replaced.  However, in many cases you will spend as much as if you were buying new, and maybe even more.  Some factors that will affect the price of your re-upholstery project are:

  • Fabric choice: upholstery weight fabrics can be anywhere from $15 to $250 per yard. Your choice will significantly affect the cost.
  • The size: if you have a large piece that needs a lot of fabric you are going to spend more on both fabric and labour. You can find information on shopping for upholstery fabric from a previous post here.
  • The condition: if the stuffing, springs, and cushions all need to be replaced, new materials will have to included in the cost to be replaced.  Also if parts need to be refinished or painted that will increase costs as well.
  • The details: if there is a lot of detailed work on the piece that you want maintained such as tufting, buttons or complicated piping that will affect the labour cost.

I hope this information helps people with the decision making process.  These are just guidelines, but ultimately, you have to weigh what is important to you. I will say that you should get quotes from various upholsterers before making the decision.  If you have any other questions about re-upholstery or would like a quote on a piece you are considering taking that route, don’t hesitate to email me (lgrecreated@gmail.com).

Have a great day!


Good Morning!

I hope you all have recovered from Monday and are happily plowing through the rest of the week.  Today I’d like to start by saying thanks everyone who provided such lovely comments on the before and after of the loveseat I reupholstered that I posted on the weekend.  Hugs and kisses to you all!

Today I’m focusing on work spaces.  Although I’m just starting to make my hobby/passion an actual business venture, I’ve been thinking about work spaces for a long time.  For an upholstery studio or workspace, you need a space that can get dirty, be easily cleaned, and most importantly has SPACE to spare, both for the upholstery itself and for storage. The challenge is finding/designing an stylish and interesting space that also has those “must-haves”.  One of the spaces that I think does it very well (and I may be somewhat biased because I work there fairly often) is Re:style Studio.  It’s large, bright, airy and totally sleek and stylish yet is the perfect size to work on multiple pieces at once.

Here are some other cool and interesting workspaces –  some that would work for upholstery and some that I just thought were interesting!

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Have a great day!

The Tale of the Tufted Loveseat

Hi everyone!  Today I’m excited to share a before and after of a tufted loveseat that I recently reupholstered for a client.  Yep, I said it, a client! After years of re-upholstering “freebie” pieces for friends while I learned the trade, I completed my first paid piece!  Andrea Ford (who I have been working with at Re:Style Studio) contracted me to complete some pieces for one of her clients who is completing a massive home renovation project. This client had some beautiful antique furniture that she has chosen to have reupholstered for the new space! After many evenings and weekends at the studio, this piece came together –  but the tale began with this….

….followed by probably the most difficult stripping job I’ve ever had to do….the music was all wrong…. and I forgot my “routine”…. and my Lucite heels were too tight…oh, sorry, wrong type of stripping*.

Then a little was applied on the frame.

Next up, building up the up the seat before the fabric is put on….wait till you see this fabric.  Definitely not my taste, but certainly a bold choice.

This is about the point in the process that I was informed that this loveseat was being reupholstered for the client’s dog.  The piece had been the dog’s seat/bed and was being reupholstered as part of the renovation. I have to say while working at the studio well into the wee hours of the morning and fussing about getting the tufts just right, I was feeling a bit jealous of the lavish life this dog must lead. Yes, I said it……I’m jealous of a dog….but I digress.

On to some tufting for the seat back….

And here is the fabric – black and yellowy-orange velvet damask…like I said, if nothing else, it’s a bold statement.  Here is the tufted seat back starting to take shape…

There was lots of piping detail on this one, some single piping and some double.

AAAAnd, drum roll please….

The finished product, back at the client’s house!

The problem with this fabric is that because of the pattern and color, you don’t even see the tufting unless you are up very close, but I can assure those tufts are there.  Overall, I’m pretty happy with the finished product… and so is the client…and the dog 🙂

I’m just finishing up a second piece for the same client which I will share with you soon! Have a great weekend!


*CLARIFICATION: I am NOT, never have been, and never will be an exotic dancer.

My weekend…..

Good Morning!

Well, it’s a day late, but here is a summary of my weekend.  It was a busy one.  On Friday night, I met up with some bloggers for dinner. It was so nice to finally meet a couple of them in person.  We had some really great conversations around blogging, what we aspire to do with our own blogs, and social media in general. All of us are really exciting for the upcoming Blogpodium in January at IDS, an opportunity for more discussion!  It was an inspiring meet up and very, very fun!  Thanks to Christine, Heather and Jennifer for a great night!

Then on Saturday night, I attended my best friend Kelly’s (and her hub’s) annual Christmas party.  There were sparkles, bubbly and lots of laughs. So much fun, as usual.  Here are some photos of the lovely decor details from the party as well as one of my ladies and I (before there was too much bubbly consumed)…

During the day, I spent many hours on a upholstery project I’m working on for a client.  It’s not yet complete, but here are some sneak peaks…

Have a great day everyone!

Fun Upholstery

Good morning lovelies.  For the last few days, I’ve spent every free moment I’ve had searching for a light fixture for my bedroom redo…I was originally planning on posting about it today, but to be honest, if I see another light fixture right now I think I’ll crawl into a little ball on the floor and rock back and forth…so maybe later in the week.  So instead, today I’m back on a topic close to my heart….upholstery. I’ve rounded up some examples of fun upholstery pieces to share with you this morning. Hope they inspire you to update an old piece of furniture yourself!

 What a pretty fabric on this chair and a great shape to boot (from Spruce Upholstery in Austin) via

Another fun fabric choice via

Cute little update to an average office chair….oh, and did I mention this fabric is from IKEA? Super fun and super cheap for upholstery weight fabric. via

Another gem by Spruce…via

A great reupholstery job…gotta love tufting…via

Great idea for fabric!  via

OK, this might be my east coast roots coming through...via

Gorgeous headboard by Staci Edwards at Switch Studio…..via

  Everyone loves an Eames chair, but it’s even better updated with this chevron pattern…via

And this last lovely chaise was completed by Andrea at Re:style Studio. And, if you are interested in completing your own re-upholstery project, sign up for a BYOP (bring your own piece) upholstery weekend at Re:style!  Yours truly will be instructing and I would love to see you there.  If there is enough interest we will be opening up another weekend before the holidays (think Christmas gifts??).