February 21, 2017

Updating Furniture with New Fabric



Sometimes it is hard to make a decision as to whether to reupholster a piece of furniture or to buy new. In the case of a couple of antiques that we have there is no issue. They are family treasures that must remain in the family. :-)


I have been following an upholstery business on Facebook to get ideas about their work. 

They do work for designers from Lexington to London (Ky) and beyond and have some very attractive pieces. 

Take a look at the magic they have worked with new fabrics. 


I thought I would share some pictures of pieces that caught my eye. 

I have a couple of antique pieces that I am considering covering and that is why I "liked" their page. 

I thought you all might like to see some of their pieces for ideas. I have the Facebook link at the bottom of this post.





A fun two tone combination really gives these wing chairs some pizazz.



Fun fabric can bring old pieces of furniture to life!



I love these green velvet chairs. You know me and green!


I like the idea of putting a snappy fabric on antiques. This is what I am thinking about with my antique pieces.


Very classic and elegant!


Love the leopard on this unique chair!


I love this one too! 


Blue and white...love these too!


 I read that these black chairs are calf hair. 


 Another attractive pair!


These traditional stripes speak to me! 


Lastly, a couple of neutral  sofas. 
I love both of them!


Thank you to The Design Studio of News Upholstery for letting me share their photos. 
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My possible project. 

We have a chair and settee (from hubby's grandparents) that date from the early 1900s. 

And...I am thinking of covering the 1970s yellow fabric in a leopard. Yes...leopard. Take a look and see what you think. 

 




The leopard fabric is from Hobby Lobby

What do you all think about my idea for leopard?
I have hubby's blessing. 

I love how opposites attract...and for me the leopard might provide the right snazzy update for our treasures. 



My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

28 comments:

  1. No dont think it is appropriate for an antique Too faddish and you may tire of it?

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    1. I have to cover the pieces cause the yellow is soooo old. Ha! Still playing with fabrics. Even my mother likes the leopard. Ha!

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  2. The leopard print looks fabulous on your chairs! Go for it!

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    1. Thank you! The tally is going in favor of the leopard so far. 😊

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  3. I love it!! We need to update our lives and our antiques to live with them today. Go for it!!

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  4. I like it. It looks like an 1800s piece with actual leopard fur I saw the other day at Architectural Digest. Go for it.
    -Sasha

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    1. I need to try to find that picture. Would love to see it. Thanks.

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  5. I love the leopard skin. So stylish and rich looking.
    Myrna

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  6. Love the leopard. I contemplated getting it on two new chairs a few years ago, but I chickened out. I have always regretted that decision. I think it would look fabulous on the chair!

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  7. LOVE the leopard on a side chair!
    If you reupholster the room in leopard, I will begin to worry, however...

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  8. Can't go wrong with leopard!

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  9. I think that the chair would jump for joy if they were covered in that gorgeous leopard. It is absolutely a gorgeous print. Go for it pretty lady.
    Betty from Ontario,Canada.

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  10. I do like leopard print but I just went through this debate on a chair I have just ordered. Ultimately I ended up picking something simple and easy to work with because I was worried I'd tire of the leopard print. I really like the armed chair with the off white fabric- that one seemed quite perfect. (The 10th picture from the upholsterers shop.) The fabric compliments the chair. Bottom line though is you have to be happy so go with your instincts!

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    1. Oh Liz, I worry about some decisions and go head long into others. ha! Makes no sense, but I do that. :-)

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  11. Love the leopard, not likely you will tire of it. If is is okay for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she had leopard, coat, shoes, bags decorative pillows. It is timeless. These days it is considered a neutral.

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    1. Love the Jackie comparison! I have read that it is considered a neutral...and it has been stylish for so many years now. yay!

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  12. Generally, I'm not a fan of leopard print fabric, but I think it would look great on your chair and settee!

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    1. I like leopard...in small bits. That is why I am being so careful about this decision. :-) Thanks for visiting.

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  13. Thanks for the picture of the white chippendale sofa! I am planning on doing mine which currently has it's original damask fabric in plain white to update it. I also purchased a long bench in LEOPARD from Ballard Design and l love it, so yes do your chair in that fabric it will be great with your white furniture. I love your home and your inspirations!

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    1. The leopard bench sounds wonderful...as does your chippendale sofa. I have one in our bedroom that needs to be recovered. Another old piece that I will not part with. ha.

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  14. Leopard is a timeless classic. Go for it.
    Think Charles Faudree!
    Another way to go would be to balance it and maybe do an embroidered pineapple with a nice trim on the top and leopard on the bottom
    Make it your own creation and put your stamp on it
    I love one of a kind pieces!

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  15. The leopard print looks great on the chair you shared in your post. Your chair will thank you.

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  16. Add me to the list of the others that love the leopard print!

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Sheila