These barstools were a bear! The old upholstery was incredibly hard to get off. The staples, there was a million of them, were brittle and driven deep down into a tiny crevice. The whole family took turns working on these babies- mom, dad, grandma, grandpa…. we all took turns.
Once all those darn staples were out it was easy sailing. They were painted a beautiful brown called Status Bronze from Sherwin Williams and lightly distressed to draw attention to the bamboo detail. Then we added new foam and applied the new fabric. The back was upholstered in a pretty, deep teal colored velvet. The seat was covered in a small, fun print that reminded me of cane.
The labor charges per chair for this job were $85 to paint, $12.75 to distress, and $117 for upholstery.
Orange County, CA
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.