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Upcycling Furniture In An American Made Dress

tools for reupolstering

Being an American made dress maker, you could say that I’m fairly busy most days. Though I’m busy, I still have some free time to work and play as I wish. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to go to yard sales and thrift shops. There is no telling what you might find on a Saturday morning at a thrift shop. The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t be more true. From fun knick-knacks to antique and vintage furniture, I am a fan of it all!

From making an American made dress to upcycled furniture…

I haven’t done reupholstering for years. When I find a beautiful piece of furniture that would benefit from being reupholstered, all of my memories of DIY projects comes back to me. There is something to be said about an old chair made new by a bit of new fabric…and you know that I love my fabric!

The particular chairs that I am speaking of today were dirty and old with a matted velvet fabric. Though I didn’t take a picture, I’m sure you can picture it just fine! The pair of chairs only cost me $5.00. This was a risk that I was willing to take, and a small price to pay in the event of a mess up. All that is needed for a reupholster job is a hammer, screwdriver, scissors and a staple gun. Find some fun and funky fabric and get started! Remove the old and bring in the new, here’s my end result…

my finished product

Reupholstering a set of old chairs is something that anyone can do. If you are feeling particularly frisky, you can sand and stain or paint the wood for a completely fresh look! You can find the next fresh look for you, an American made dress, at our online store!



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