The process is simple and can work for others:
a) Buy only good quality pieces that are well constructed and have not been damaged. There are LOTS of places to find these - particularly in a large market like the Atlanta area. I frequent estate sales, garage sales, thrift shops such as goodwill stores, and craig's list. Many of these pieces would be thrown away and add to the already overtaxed landfill problems we are facing. I pay as little as nothing and almost never more than $100 for a piece (some exceptions for REALLY fine furniture).
b) Buy fabrics that are good quality; trendy; and a good value. I shop closeouts at retail fabric stores, discount fabric warehouses, estate and garage sales, and eBay. I pay as little as $1.00 a yard but almost never more than $6.
c) Put together winning combinations and have the pieces professionally upholstered. This is a true skill and requires knowledge, strength and some specialized equipment. I have seen a few "do it yourself" upholstery jobs and, in my opinion, most are fine to use in ones own home but certainly are not up to professional standards.
d) Add the finishing touches such as accent pillows, contrasting piping, and other treatments to provide a tailored and polished look. Some pieces may need woodwork refinished. Minimally, the woodwork should be cleaned, touched up, and polished.
Here are some recent transformations - I love everyone!
|This fine love seat was purchased from a Craig's List ad. It is extremely well made with down-composition cushions, large rolled arms and a tailored skirt. The piece was reupholstered in a indoor-outdoor tone on tone cream fabric with a tight weave.|
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