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Desk – Before and After

I love to take old, beat-up furniture and give them new life.  It’s easy on the budget, and so much fun to create something with some personality!  Last year, I got a beautiful wood bed for FREE at the curb, and painted it for my daughter’s first “Big Girl Bed”.  Later that summer, I found an old vanity and matching stool at a garage sale.  I have finally finished the re-do on this piece, and thought I would post some pics for your enjoyment.

If you have an old piece of furniture you would like to give a new lease on life, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’m happy to give you a quote on your project, and offer my design expertise on how to make it your own!  I can only paint in the warm months, however, as I do not have a heated shop.  Leave a comment about what you think of this makeover.  Ayla is just tickled pink with her new desk!

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When to Reupholster?

I am often asked about reupholstering furniture.  Especially in this time of budget-concious and green living, clients (and potential clients) are curious about having their existing furniture reupholstered, instead of replaced.  But, does reupholstering always make sense?

I have found that reupholstery is not always the most cost effective option for redecorating a room.  Labor costs and fabric quantities add up, and clients aren’t always prepared for the final costs involved with reupholstery!  For example, the “average” sofa costs about $2000 to reupholster.  This price can vary dramatically, based on the style of the sofa, whether cushions need to be replaced, the repeat of the fabric, etc.  Obviously, one can buy a new sofa for less than $2000.  However, one can also find many sofas that cost well over $2000!

There are three main reasons I recommend reupholstery of furniture.  First,  if your furniture piece has sentimental value, or is a precious antique, it is almost always worth reupholstering the piece.  These types of pieces cannot be easily replaced, so the costs are easily outweighed by the sentiment and memories attached to the piece.  Image014

Likewise, if your furniture piece is of amazing quality, it is almost always worth reupholstering.  For example, a sofa which originally cost you $5000 15 years ago, is well worth reupholstering for $2000.  To replace that $5000 sofa today with a piece of comparable value, would probably cost you more than 3 times the cost of reupholstering your existing piece!

Third, if your existing furniture fits just perfectly in your space, it often makes sense to reupholster the piece, rather than to find something new.  If you have been furniture shopping recently, you have noticed that furniture has gotten really LARGE overall.  Overstuffed sofas, chairs-and-a-half and ottomans are all huge, and often not scaled to most family homes.  If you have a small-scale sofa that fits perfectly under your living room window, you may not be able to replace it easily with a new sofa that fits as well.  So, even pieces of less quality may be worth reupholstering, rather than beating your head against the wall trying to find an equally perfect piece for your room!

If you are unsure about whether your particular furniture pieces are worth reupholstering, and you wonder about the costs involved, contact an interior designer.  A designer can help you figure out the best options for you, help you select fabrics that will enhance your spaces, and arrange to have the entire project taken care of for you.  The fun thing about reupholstery, is that you can select several fabrics to be used on one piece, add fringe or other trims, add nail heads – the options are endless.  It’s definitely worth the investment.

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Green Windows

Did you know that most of the Hunter Douglas brand of window treatments is certified by Green Guard for indoor air quality??  This is great to know, since many people have sensitivities to off-gassing produced by some interior finishing products.  See http://www.greenguard.org or http://www.hunterdouglas.com/product-feature.jsp?id=34 for more information on this topic.

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