Upholstery Gallery

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We've done a reasonable amount of work for this client, so we had to wonder when this furniture came in...the style was a little different than most of the work we'd done for them. Turns out, as part of their move, the husband negotiated to keep these. So it was quite fitting that we delivered them to their house on his birthday. He was very happy to see them go in the theater room. 

We refinished the exposed wood, added feet to the ottoman and reupholstered all of the furniture in a similar style to what it was before.
We thought we'd continue this month with furniture we KNOW has a great story (much of it does we just don't always catch it). 

When we started pulling back the upholstery on this chair, we found a fun surprise...it had once be reupholstered to cover much of the intricate wood trim. Our client didn't even know it was there! When we called her and told her the news she had to come in and look at it for herself. We were very excited to hear that she wanted to keep the wood exposed despite the added cost to fill and refinish the wood. With the wood and the fabric she chose, this chair really is a statement piece.
We LOVE how the new fabric and stain selection compliment this sweet little rocker. The fabric has a vintage look that fits with the style of the chair. We made some upholstery modifications so both cushions would be removable for extra kid-friendly washability and tightened up the loose joints. 

Children's rockers make a great gift from grandparents, which is why this one was redone. Is it just us or is there a baby explosion happening right now?

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This project is another example of how a new pattern can brighten up furniture. This loveseat and chair came to us looking pretty drab, but the owner knew they had good bones.

In addition to reupholstering in a fresh new paisley fabric, we installed new down envelopes and foam in the cushions, retied the springs, reglued loose joints, reattached the loveseat leg, and refinished the wood.
All this rain will surely bring out the spring flowers, inspiring April's featured projects; fun fabrics and gift giving. This chair had been in our customer's family for a while. Her husband brought it in to have it redone as a gift for his wife. She selected a fabric from Spoonflower to create a really fun custom chair. 

We upholstered it, reglued wood joints and finished it in black tinted lacquer.
What to do when stapling fabric is not an option (because the frame is metal)? The answer is good old fashioned traditional upholstery, which means hand sewing EVERYTHING. 

We also re-secured the legs and refinished them. 
#ironback #upholstery #stitching #traditionalupholstery #cdaidaho
This cute little loveseat made a transition to modern times with this lovely paisley fabric from Greenhouse Fabrics. The fabric is not only lovely - it's also bleach cleanable. 
#revolutionfabrics #performancefabric #greenhousefabrics #upholstery
We've been waiting impatiently to post pictures of this couch. (We wanted the customer to have the first view of it.) She's since taken it home and sent us pictures of her own. Can you believe this Midcentury Modern couch was a curb find! As the customer said herself "Thanks for doing such a beautiful job on my curb find couch. Here is a picture of the before and after. What a transformation!" "Couldn’t be any happier with it. 👍🏻"

We had to recreate the back cushions and replace all the foam. She chose a fabric that acknowledges the old look while giving it a refresh. We have to say it looks great in their home, especially with the pillows she added!
We've had some exceptional Midcentury Modern projects rolling through the shop lately so this year we're declaring October to be Midcentury Modern month. With its clean lines and adaptability, the furniture style does not appear to be losing appeal anytime soon. 

These funky three-legged chairs show the fun, sometimes impractical, side of Midcentury style. We repaired legs on one and reupholstered both to make them great conversation pieces again.
We're on a sofa kick here at The Furniture Doctors, but how could we not share them when we've had so many amazing styles come through lately? 

This Duncan Phyfe or Federal style sofa is one we'd LOVE to see in the owner's new house (hint hint 😉). Our customer's daughter had the design sense when helping choose this fabric. It looks period perfect with the brown florals accenting the wood while still giving it a modern, and somehow masculine, twist.

The chair is a wonderful complement to the amazing sofa.
We've recently noticed a trend in younger customers and couldn't be more elated that a new generation is starting to recognize the value of investing in well built and unique furniture. 

This couch was a gift to our customer and she recognized that the build was SOLID. She lived with it as is until she could bring it to us for new upholstery and an updated look. She chose a fun, bright, Crypton Fabric so that it will stay looking fresh and new for years to come. We also added tacks, removed the skirt and installed new legs, which is an easy way to update a sofa.
We were saving this couch for a special post and then forgot to put it up!😊 Since then the owners sent us a picture of it in their home. (We love when customers send us pictures to see furniture back in the natural environment.) They inherited this couch with the purchase of their home and hauled it all the way from western Washington for us to upholster. We knew it was going to be a winner from the beginning and are very happy with how it turned out.

We retied the springs, updated the legs, installed new foam and covered it in new upholstery.
Another look we've recently had an increase in requests for is buffalo check, specifically in neutral colors. This customer brought in a picture from  http://www.loveandspecs.com/blog/farmhouse-living-room-makeover for her inspiration. The chair size was just right for this size pattern. The check looks very fresh combined with similarly toned florals as shown in the inspiration article. 

What do you think of these bold looks? Are you ready to try them yourself?
There are a few fabrics we've recently seen an increased interest in and the linen look is definitely one of them. We have a wide variety of fabrics that look close to linen, but this customer knew exactly what she wanted so she sourced her own. She took the look from worn English cottage floral to very NOW French country chic. 

To read more about linen as an upholstery option, read this article that just came out from Houzz:https://bit.ly/2vzSlyr.

Our upholsterers would also want us to mention that are challenges when it comes to working with linen. These items were lined for a cleaner look. This linen was also stretchy which proved to be a challenge with the stripes.
Here's another great example of how to customize an heirloom to keep it in the family. This chair went from belonging in a fussy parlor to looking like it could be at home in any lakeside retreat. In addition to the new hide leather upholstery, we repaired it and refurbished the finish.
To say that this living room set came to us in rough shape would be an understatement. We replaced missing trim and feet, rebuilt the interiors, refinished the wood and put on upholstery in a bright new tapestry. Now, you might even say they look as good as the day they were made.
This beautiful English nursing chair came in with a story that pulled out our heartstrings. We were touched to be chosen for the opportunity to restore it to it's intended glory. The owners really have a great eye for beautiful antiques and the fabric brought to go with the chair is perfectly fitting.
This wingback is a great example of the use of bold fabric. Mixing fabrics can allow you to use an expensive fabric with an economically priced fabric or a durable fabric with a less durable fabric. To pull it off only vary 1-2 elements. This project works because it's the same color pallet across all three fabrics, with a varied size of patterns.
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