Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Recycle - Old Is New Again



I love to recycle old pieces of furniture by recovering them in a gorgeous fabric, re-staining or repainting the legs and even changing some of the detailing like I have on the above chair. I decided to replace the gathered arm detail on this chair with face and piping detail - a little less fussy. Before you buy a new piece of furniture consider updating an old piece as I think it adds a little bit of difference to your home and the best thing of all is that you are bringing life back into an old piece which you may have otherwise disposed of.

29 comments:

Danielle Melnyczenko said...

I love that fabric! Where is it from? I love to update old pieces. ReVamp & ReNew is my motto. I'll be in Brissy in early June and plan on stopping by Black & Spiro.

muralimanohar said...

Nice save!! I have been seeing that fabric everywhere lately; it looks great on the chair!

Mandi said...

Absolutly in agreement...I really love the things you show ...so inspiring especially as we want to move to Brisbane at the end of this year...cheers

Meg said...

Beautiful!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Looks lovely.

la la Lovely said...

The chair is gorgeous! I have really enjoyed reading your site. It is like a daily treat. Your style is perfect and you have rekindled my love of pink.
Say, I am looking for a new bed and was wondering if you have any favorites at the moment.

Thanks!!!!!
Trina

polka said...

Wow do you do the reupholstering youself?

Uptown Girl said...

Wow! How!? Is it difficult to reupholster a piece like this?

angelica said...

i absolutely love it. i really wish i knew how to recover furniture like this. i need to take an upholstery class. its amazing what you can do!

angelica said...

i really wish i knew how to do something like this. i need to find an upholstery class. its amazing what you can do!

katiedid said...

So right! One of the best ways to be "green"!

Washington Cube said...

I've been focusing on this in the past few months. The problem is finding the perfect piece of fabric that suits the furniture and the rest of the room. I am still on that search.

Melissa Lewis said...

I love the what you've done to this! So pretty:)

Larissa said...

Hi, Anna!

My name is Larissa. I am a 28 years old brasilian girl that also loves interior design as you.
I algo have a blog, called Trivial Básico (http://trivial-basico.blogspot.com), in portuguese, where I share my ideas and inspirations with my friends. My second passion is food, so I also write there the things I am doing and learning in my kitchen.

I really loved you blog! I`ve put a link of Absolutely Beautiful on my blog!
I would like to have your permission to take some fotos to publish on Trivial Básico.
Of course I will always include you blog adress in case of posting a picture.
I know that many people use your pictures without permission, but I know it is a crime and, of couse, I prefer to be an etic person.
Sorry for my terrible english! I`ve been studying for a long time, but I still have problems to write in this language that I love.

I have family in Australia, in Sydney. I would love to travel to your country!
Many people in Brasil go to Brisbany to study and improove their English. Hope some day I can go too!

Potter & Co. said...

Aside from your cushions, which are my most favourite thing in your shop, a close second comes your reupolstered chairs. The are just gorgeous! And the fabric stunning!
MrsPotter
xx

Tanya said...

I love seeing old things revamped into beautiful new pieces! Looks great!

Maryam said...

Fab job, Anna! Loving the yellow. so fresh.

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Anna, Your blog is a feast for the eyes!...simply beautiful! I love how you spotlight photos & quotes that you love from magazines, etc. And like some of the other people who left comments...I LOVE the fabrics you choose! The pattern of the fabric you used on the chair is wonderful, but my favorite is the large hot pink houndstooth check!!!!! Would you mind sharing where you got it? I too am an interior decorator here in the San Diego, California area, so I am totally appreciating all your fabulous entries!!! Looking forward to your next post! Take care.....Heidi

Babelfish said...

Amazing transformation, you're so great at these.

Michele said...

That looks incredibly comfortable! You did an amazing job. :)

Nann said...

I love what you did with your chair and have always thought about that. However, I'm wondering if you recommend taking a upholstery class or have any reupholstery books that you would suggest. Great Blog!
Thanks

Sharnel @ The Cupcake Company said...

This is such a gorgeous chair Anna. And it's even more perfect in person. I love the fabric you have chosen.

Alkemie said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE seeing before and after photos of re-upholstered furniture. Thanks for sharing Anna!

Karen

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Anna - I love how you see beauty and potential in things :-)

cecima said...

amazing transformation..
found u via decor8..

=)

cima
http://cecimacomot.wordpress.com/

H is for Home said...

great job you've done... and lovely fabric too!

kate said...

hi, love your site and that awesome chair! i'm looking for someone in nyc who can reuphoster for me wo charging a fortune... anybody have any leads?

thanks!
kate

Sadie said...

That chair is the most fantastic shape, it looks lovely reupholstered.

amy solomon said...

Love the yellow fabric. What is it? I'd love to use it on an antique loveseat.