How much does it cost to reupholster a chair?

This week on YouTube, we're (finally!!!) wrapping up Aunt Bea, HOORAY!!!!! As a last hurrah I decided to dive into a very sticky topic of conversation: How much does reupholstery cost???? If you haven't already noticed, shops tend to be very skittish and noncommittal about sharing their pricing publicly. We're not trying to be evasive. … Continue reading How much does it cost to reupholster a chair?

Tack strip, and pli grip and hand stitching, oh my!

This week on YouTube, we're starting the outsides on Aunt Bea, HOORAY!!!!!! In the months leading up to this section, I gave considerable thought to what we should include. I weighed options, and consulted with Amy Oh. In the end, we settled on one simple, versatile technique: hand stitching. Hand stitching is such a beautiful … Continue reading Tack strip, and pli grip and hand stitching, oh my!

Foam selection for upholstery: What you need to know

This week on YouTube, we're creating the cushion inserts for Aunt Bea. Cushions are tricky business. "Comfortable" is endlessly subjective, and the margin of error is alarmingly small, considering that foam and fabric are infuriatingly imprecise I wouldn't presume to answer all your cushion questions in one post (even if I COULD answer all your … Continue reading Foam selection for upholstery: What you need to know

Pattern matching: The art of compromise

Ahhhhh, giant repeats and carefully matched motifs!!!!! So delicious!!!! Everybody LOVES to see photographs of pattern matching done well. BUT BUT BUT!!!!!!! Lining up a two dimensional pattern on a three-dimensional object is no small feat. And at the moment I'm not talking about the skill required, or the struggle of inexperience. I'm talking about … Continue reading Pattern matching: The art of compromise