Fabulous Fabrics For Furniture Makeovers

Before & After
Missoni bench before and after

Missoni bench before and after. source: apartmenttherapy.com

Growing up, my mom and aunts always had loads of colorful fabric, as well as remnants leftover from some sewing project or another. Everything from gingham to cotton prints, houndstooth wool and the ever-so-70s-textile, polyester. Consequently, I have a deep fondness for material and how it can be used to express your personal sense of style. It seems these furniture refurbishing DIYers are cut from this same cloth (wink), apparent in these fabulous fabric “before & afters”.

Missoni bench before & after (Top photo): A vintage 1960s bench is meticulously covered in Missoni fabric, bringing it smack dab into the 21st century.

Nightstands before and after

Nightstands before and after. source: jcaroline.typepad.com

Nightstands before and after: $5 nightstands that had been previously made over get the chance at a third life. Primed and painted again, then decoupaged with Michael Miller’s Orchid Feeling Groovy fabric the result is funky, retro-cool.

Office chair before and after

Office chair before and after. source: designsponge.com

Office chair before and after: it’s all about finding those inexpensive “throw-away” pieces, like this $10 office chair. A little DIY tweaking of the casters, a replaced seat cushion and a quick and easy reupholster job using inexpensive IKEA fabric, makes sitting a fashion statement.

Desk before and after

Desk before and after. source: too-much-time.com

Desk before and after: there’s no wonder furniture rehabbing is such a passion for many of us when you can find treasures like this one for $13.00 and fabulous fabric remnants for just $5! I just love the effect these decoupaged drawer fronts give off against the calming cream and dark hardware. I have officially been inspired! (stay tuned!)

Mirror before and after

Mirror before and after. source: christiechase.blogspot.com

Mirror before and after: we’ve seen these outdated mirrors all over the place…which is a good thing, because we can most likely get them for a song. Modge Podge and fun, graphic material are such a good friends when it comes to projects like this.

Curved bench before and after

Curved bench before and after. source: freshcrush.wordpress.com

Curved bench before and after: here’s a good reason to B-line it right to the “Discount/As-is” section of your favorite furniture store. The existing seat cover was fine, but this DIYer longed for something more custom, a pattern that had her name on it. I recently used a variation of designs for my “Peek-A-Boo Lamp Shades” from Richloom Fabrics that remind me of this graphic print.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).