Vintage Swivel Rockers – SOLD

These two vintage swivel rockers are sure to liven up your living room! They’re in “brand new” condition, with new foam, refinished maple arms and legs and durable orange jacquard fabric. The swivel rocker mechanisms are in perfect working order, with no squeaks. Offered for sale in the Maritimes where pick up is possible, orContinue reading “Vintage Swivel Rockers – SOLD”

How to Strip A Chair

Stripping furniture is, unfortunately, an inevitable part of any reupholstery project. It’s hard on your hands, wrists and arms. It can be dusty, and will certainly be messy. But, you can get it over with as quickly and as easily as possible with the following tips. For those who will be joining my Upholstery Workshops,Continue reading “How to Strip A Chair”

Updating a 1940s Kroehler Rocker

I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. My chance to update a Kroehler rocker has come at last. You may have seen these chairs around…my step-dad has one in his man-cave. I see them listed on Kijiji often. And, unfortunately, I see them curb side on garbage day once in awhile. I’veContinue reading “Updating a 1940s Kroehler Rocker”

Is My Furniture Valuable? Finding the Value in Your Vintage Furniture

I was recently asked whether or not I could help to determine if a reader’s vintage sofa was valuable. I’m not an appraiser, but I do have opinions. So, I guess now’s a good time to remind you that this blog contains highly edited versions of my own opinions only, and that there are aContinue reading “Is My Furniture Valuable? Finding the Value in Your Vintage Furniture”

Mid-Century Chair Project – Uncovering Hidden Wood Trim!

What’s not to love about classic mid-century chairs? When the client sent me the photos of these chairs (there are two), I thought they looked pretty nice…a closer look revealed the ugly truth. The foam was definitely original…I found a tag that dated it at “1958”. That is some old foam. But look what elseContinue reading “Mid-Century Chair Project – Uncovering Hidden Wood Trim!”

Choosing Fabric for your Upholstery Project – Part Three: Mid-Century Modern Furniture

So you’ve got your amazing vintage find, now what? You’ve got to pair it with the perfect fabric, of course! Mid-Century Modern furniture is best identified by its clean lines. It is best featured when fabric is understated. Colour is great, but steer clear of large-scale, bold patterns. Here are my top recommendations for maintainingContinue reading “Choosing Fabric for your Upholstery Project – Part Three: Mid-Century Modern Furniture”

Kijiji Freebies…it’s just good Karma, Baby!

Is there any greater rush than finding a great piece of furniture on Kijiji? Only finding that it’s free, perhaps! Of course, you’ll have to be logged on to the Kijiji site at the precise moment that freebie is listed, because I tell you, those items disappear fast! The sofa above (and its matching chair)Continue reading “Kijiji Freebies…it’s just good Karma, Baby!”

A Tufted Loveseat Gets Sophisticated

This sweet loveseat was brought to me for a makeover. It isn’t an antique -just a reproduction piece- but it’s still cute as a button and worth saving. It will look terrific with a bit of updated fabric. Tufting a seat and back is not something I would recommend for a first-timer. You’d probably wantContinue reading “A Tufted Loveseat Gets Sophisticated”