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How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical…

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

01 Nov 2018

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical considerations when selecting fabric, my intuitive choice is usually the right one. Love the fabric you choose. Upholstery is a hard craft; all that effort needs the perfect top…

How to upcycle an antique desk

How to upcycle an antique desk

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of…

How to upcycle an antique desk

10 Oct 2018

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of furniture could be damaged but with some filler and paint, could look perfect albeit in another guise. Or you could just fancy taking up a new hobby and “pimping up” furniture sounds…

Top tips on how to furnish a wooden dolls house

Top tips on how to furnish a wooden dolls house

A wooden dolls house is an object that can be very attractive and unique both inside and outside. You can save money on your wooden dolls house if you buy one with a good quality structure with no furniture, fixtures and decor then slowly add this yourself over…

Top tips on how to furnish a wooden dolls house

26 Sep 2018

A wooden dolls house is an object that can be very attractive and unique both inside and outside. You can save money on your wooden dolls house if you buy one with a good quality structure with no furniture, fixtures and decor then slowly add this yourself over time. This is a course of action which provides a source of entertainment and pride in itself, almost as enjoyable as playing with it once it’s finished.How can I decorate a…

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What is a Victorian dresser?

What is a Victorian dresser?

dresser  |ˈdrɛsə|nouna sideboard with shelves above for storing and displaying plates and kitchen utensils.• N. Amer.a chest of drawers.ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French…

What is a Victorian dresser?

19 Sep 2018

dresser  |ˈdrɛsə|nouna sideboard with shelves above for storing and displaying plates and kitchen utensils.• N. Amer.a chest of drawers.ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French dresseur, from dresser ‘prepare’ (see dress) What is the meaning of the word Dresser?Firstly a point of clarification; a dresser means two different things depending on whether you…

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How to reupholster a chair

How to reupholster a chair

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.

How to reupholster a chair

27 Jul 2018

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.Using one of my chairs as an example, I will show the process without going into too much detail.What's the first step to reupholstering a chair?It’s always a good idea to see what has been done before. The chair’s seat was a…

How to identify Victorian furniture

How to identify Victorian furniture

Design of anything in a particular period will depend on the social and creative background to the period and in Victorian Britain there was a massive diversity in styles and a high output of furniture. The Victorians loved to show off their wealth and good…

How to identify Victorian furniture

14 Jun 2018

Background to Victorian decoration and furnitureDesign of anything in a particular period will depend on the social and creative background to the period and in Victorian Britain there was a massive diversity in styles and a high output of furniture. The Victorians loved to show off their wealth and good taste and this was demonstrated by the interior design and decoration of their homes and the furniture they chose for it. The newly…

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How to restore a Chaise Longue

How to restore a Chaise Longue

I love restoring antiques, using some of the fantastic modern fabrics now on the market. Mixing old and new. Creating an original, one-off piece of furniture. This article will give you an idea of the process of re-upholstery; it’s not a step-by-step…

How to restore a Chaise Longue

25 Apr 2018

I love restoring antiques, using some of the fantastic modern fabrics now on the market. Mixing old and new. Creating an original, one-off piece of furniture. This article will give you an idea of the process of re-upholstery; it’s not a step-by-step instruction manual. Traditional upholstery is a craft that takes years to master. Originally, it was a 5 year full time apprentiship. Now there are many short and long courses. But it still…

Using Fine Cabinet Furniture Handles

Fine cabinet furniture handles

Using good quality furniture handles can really make a massive difference to whether furniture appears to be of good quality or not. Ironmongery can be viewed as jewellery for furniture, being there to serve a function but also to decorate and adorn the piece…

Using Fine Cabinet Furniture Handles

11 Feb 2016

Using good quality fine cabinet furniture handles can really make a massive difference to whether furniture appears to be of good quality or not. Ironmongery can be viewed as jewellery for furniture, being there to serve a function but also to decorate and adorn the piece of furniture and make it unique. 

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What type of vintage fabric is suitable for upholstery?

What type of vintage fabric is suitable for upholstery?

Vintage fabrics are popular nowadays for the feeling of authenticity they give a home. However old fabrics have often suffered wear and tear and have faded or discoloured therefore modern copies of the original are usually a better option to choose.

What type of vintage fabric is suitable for upholstery?

02 May 2014

Vintage fabrics are popular nowadays for the feeling of authenticity they give a home. However old fabrics have often suffered wear and tear and have faded or discoloured therefore modern copies of the original are usually a better option to choose. To buy vintage fabrics is also a matter of rummaging around specialist shops and only small pieces may be available. Which means that if you are wishing to source many metres of fabric for…

How to choose the right Victorian hooks

How to choose the right Victorian hooks

In a period renovation always use traditional materials for accessories such as hooks, with quality finishing such as a Victorian hook in brass or wrought iron to complete the room.

How to choose the right Victorian hooks

24 Jan 2014

Sometimes it’s the small things that count. A white plastic hook on the back of a bathroom door might be functional however a quality renovation requires quality finishing and that includes the use of appropriate accessories such as a Victorian hook in brass or wrought iron to complete the room. If your budget has run dry, small decorative items are perfect for Christmas and birthday present requests or for heavy hints to generous…