Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Textile Tuesday: Vintage Furniture Transformations

Lacefield customers often comment on the unique upholstery pieces we feature in our catalogs and on our website.  Even junky old thrift store furniture can become eye candy with a simple upholstery job in one of our signature print textiles. Throughout the year we scour antique markets, Craigslist, Goodwill stores and local thrift shops for inexpensive, distinctive furniture for Lacefield photo shoots.  Here are some of our favorite finds in all their thrift store glory, alongside their beautiful transformations:

A vintage granny wingback is transformed with Lacefield Bengali Grey textile

These hotel surplus dining chairs now look like French antiques with a little help from
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Lacefield Bombay Cobalt and Bombay Mist textiles

Lacefield Isla Spring textile breathes new life into this settee

An assortment of vintage chairs are revived with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
and Lacefield Jasmine Seaglass & Trellis Mist textiles

This curvy beauty was brought into the 21st Century with Lacefield Madras Bisque textile

A cheap chain store wing chair gets a classic update with our Serengeti Coral textile

We use a wonderful local upholstery shop for the pieces shown in our photo shoots, but after an amazing weekend of networking with DIY bloggers at Haven Conference, I feel inspired to learn how to upholster some smaller pieces myself.  There is a great new upholstery guide book on the market, written by professional upholsterer, Amanda Brown. The extremely talented and resourceful Brown runs Spruce, a furniture redesign firm in Austin, Texas.  Would you be brave enough to take on an upholstery DIY project? 

Spruce by Amanda Brown is available HERE


Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

What a fantastic post! I'll have to look for that book, looks promising.

I also live in Atlanta and am baffled that we only have two options on classes that teach upholstery.

I would love to learn upholstery, I always come across pieces that are screaming for transformation that are so reasonable

Love your fabrics and curious if you ever have sample sales at your local warehouse?

Betsy Gordon
West of the Square Designs

Lacefield Designs said...

Hi Betsy!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am excited to get the book, as I have heard it is very user friendly and loaded with great photos.
We don't have plans for a sample sale in the near future, but be sure to follow us on Twitter and FB - we will announce any plans there!

Laurie Hannard said...

Very inspiring! I cannot believe those renovated pieces of furniture are the same as the old ones. I love trying out diy with old furniture (I particularly enjoyed the one-day project from here Reusing Old Furniture), there are endless possibilities of what you can redesign in into! Additionally, you create something unique and original while saving a little money.

What I like the most is using a piece of lace to decorate old repainted furniture with. White for it to look rather classy, other colours to be more eye-catching. Another thing I fell for is the use of maps either as a motif glued onto desk or as a textile print on pillows.