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.
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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.