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Don’t Ditch, Fix: Replacing Broken Furniture Dowels

We have two simple dining room chairs that match the drop leaf table in our dining room. One chair recently broke – like in half. The chair is constructed using dowels that connect two pieces of wood. These chairs are over 60 years old, so naturally they’re bound to give out. This doesn’t mean that […]

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Guest Post: Before and After Cane Barrel Chairs

Today’s guest post is from Jen Stockman, a furniture restorer whose work I’ve been watching for a while now (not because I’m a stalker, but because they’re that good). Her style is exquisite and without fail she pulls together color and patterns that take furniture fashion to the next level. I am so happy to […]

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1930 Sewing Rocker Restoration

Back in August, I purchased this 1930s sewing rocker at an estate sale for $40. It originally had a cane weave for the seat and chair back. This had all been removed at the time of purchase. I was able to date the rocker because I bought the sewing machine and cabinet that went with […]

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How to Upcycle a Chair into a Scarf Rack

This closet scarf rack is one of those projects where the need actually preceded the resource. The recent hint of fall in the air made me long to be reunited with my scarf collection. A scarf collection that was rolled and crammed into a rectangular basket in my closet. This got me to thinking and […]

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How to Reupholster an Office Chair

Not too long ago, my husband garbage picked an old office chair – totally ugly with cracked vinyl upholstery. Gross! I didn’t feel I had it in me to do the reupholstering, which involved scary piping. I didn’t know what it was about piping, but it really intimidated me. So I put the awful chair […]

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Furniture Refresh: Fashion inspired patio chairs

  These metal chairs came straight from the curb, as pictured on the left. I’ll admit, they’re an eye sore, but they are functional…and dare I say comfortable. They’re the kind with a little bounce in them. They let your weight command the recline. So why let some rust and drab colors deter them from […]

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