Upcycling goes upscale
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Most savvy home dwellers like to take on DIY projects. But spending an entire weekend working on a project that doesn't turn out can be frustrating - and a waste of time and money.
This year, invest in your furnishings by spending money on a professional to do the job right for you.
Got a classic-shaped upholstered piece that needs to take on a fresh look?
Trying to slipcover or reupholster it yourself is a daunting task - even for those who have sewing skills. So why not take it to an upholsterer?
Choose neutral-coloured linen or flannel fabrics to help give your furnishings a classic look and longevity.
If buying retro furnishings, do some research as to how the fabric (or leather) will wear. Go for lovely colours that are updated to today's neutrals.
Cost to have a chair reupholstered; $350-1000, depending on your fabric choice.
Changing the stain colour of wooden furniture can help update it and give it a new look.
Stain colours have a fashionable life (reddish mahogany was big in the '80s; yellow pine in the '70s).
Choose dark walnut stain colours to add sophistication to a golden oak or pecan-stained wood pieces.
Take it to a furniture refinisher (or look for budget options like refinishing schools) to get the look right.
Ask for a ‘buffed wax' finish rather then the super-shiny shellac to make it look much classier.
Cost of having a dresser refinished: $200-750, depending on the type of finish you'd like.