If you thrift shop, garage sale, or antique shop, I’m guessing you’ve run into the same situation I have. You see a piece of furniture with great lines, but terrible, horrible, no good, very bad upholstery. You love it, but it’s complex upholstery isn’t an undertaking you’re comfortable with. This exact situation happened to me just a few weeks ago. A disgusting chair with great bones. Atrocious fabric riddled with cat hair, but neat shape.
Even though the chair was only five bucks, I didn’t get it. Why? Fear. I’ve never upholstered something this intricate before. And I worried I’d screw it up. So I walked away. But the very same afternoon, I got the perfect book in the mail; Spruce, a Step By Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown.
Amanda is an expert upholsterer, with her own shop, Spruce in Austin. She even writes an upholstery basics column on Design Sponge. Basically, if you want to learn upholstery, Amanda’s your gal. This is exactly what I needed! In Spruce, Amanda covers everything, soup to nuts. Or should I say, springs to piping. Seriously, this book is a one stop reference for all things furniture. If you need to tie springs, no problem.
Upholster a wingback chair, step by step with picture and text explanations? You bet!
Or create a custom tufted ottoman. Whatever your needs, this book has you covered.
I stopped in the thrift store the following day, armed with a new book and confidence, but the chair was gone. Womp, womp. I guess I’ll have to do something to this eight dollar number I found a month or so ago.
While not entirely hideous or in bad shape, the shabby paint job must go. I’m debating colors. I could paint it black for drama and a fun fabric. Or a bright color paired with a neutral fabric.
Upholstering around the arms should be fun. Probably not as terrible as I’m imagining.
Watch the book trailer to learn more about Amanda and Spruce. Love that she’d rather update an old piece of furniture than buy new. Then check out the Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest. You can add your chair for a chance to win prizes, design recommendations from Amanda, and a signed Spruce book. And a few social media links, too: Facebook: Storey Publishing, Spruce Upholstery, #SpruceBook Twitter: @StoreyPub, @SpruceHome, #SpruceBook
Now, how about a giveaway? One lucky US reader will get their own Spruce book. Just leave a comment on this post to enter.