10 essential tools needed for upholstery


Woah, if you are on instagram, you know we’ve been busy busy these last few weeks doing upholstery, painting projects, stripping {not the kind you are thinking} ahem stripping paint, and traveling to SLC for a wedding. So, hopefully you’ve missed me as much as I’ve miss you. We got home late Sunday night after driving through a snow storm going 35 mph for hours and hours. So, today I didn’t do much to say the least. I … [Read more...]

DIY: How to upholster a bench.


One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I upholster a bench?” I always practically SCREAM, “IT IS SOOOO EASY!!” I have helped dozens of people with this task. So, today I want to share the simple and easy instructions on how to do this yourself! You can even take these instructions and apply them to upholstering other items also. The same instructions work on upholstering dining room chairs too! Before moving … [Read more...]

Change the fabric to update drab dining room chairs!


Reupholstering the seats of old dining room chairs is one of my favorite things to do when I have gotten sick of my current decor in my home. I originally refinished these chairs back in November of 2009, but if you know me, I need something new quite often! I loved the chairs originally because they only cost me $4.00 from the thrift store! To check out the original tutorial, go to my original post in November 2009 … [Read more...]

Day 5: Week of Chairs!

Week of Chairs 101

The week of chairs has been really fun over the last five days! If you missed Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 or Day 4, don’t forget to check out the posts! The furniture transformation on the next chair is definitely my favorite transformation of the week. I saved the best for last (in my opinion)! My husband found this chair for me at the local thrift store, and he knew I would like it. He has great taste, and he knows what I like, … [Read more...]

Day 4: Week of Chairs

Week of Chairs

Are you getting sick of chair transformations yet? Ha ha. I hope not! If you missed Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3, you should check them out. I have worked really hard to refinish a bunch of chairs to be ready for this fun event! I hope you are having fun every day! This chair sat in my garage for months. (Mr. All Things Thrifty was ticked about that). I have to agree, I’m a border-line hoarder when it comes to furniture. BUT, … [Read more...]

Day 3: Week of Chairs!

Week of Chairs 1

  I hope you are enjoying the furniture transformations this week! If you missed Day 1 or Day 2 of the “Week of Chairs” event, you better check them out because you can’t miss this fun event! ! The next chair transformation was another find at the local thrift store. Finding the right style of chair for your space is the biggest hurdle in the process because sometimes you simply have to be in the right place at the … [Read more...]

Day 1: Week of Chairs

refinishing furniture 3

Welcome to the second All Things Thrifty Week of Chairs Event! Every day this week, you will find a different chair transformation showcased! If you are a seasoned reader, you know that refinishing furniture is a fun way to update your home with a small budget. If you are a new reader, let me officially welcome you to All Things Thrifty! I am thrilled that you are here. I hope that the furniture transformations this week … [Read more...]

Upholstering a Wing Back Chair, Upholstery Tips


I acquired an old, drab wing back chair (look below for the before picture) at the local D.I., a thrift store here in Utah. I paid $8.00 for it. Then, fear got the best of me, and I left the chair in my garage for almost an entire YEAR. (Yes, this was a sore subject with the hubsters for awhile).I. was. terrified. The unknown is always scary. What if I ruin it? What if I can't figure out how to put the fabric back on? … [Read more...]

Jackpot! European style chair.


So, my bleeping amazing hubby found something for me the other day, and I have been dying to show you ever since. I might just freak out with excitement. Really, whose husband would bring home a chair like this for his wife? MINE WOULD. I'm lucky.Just check out this gal:When he got home with her, I might have done a little jig. Her lines are to. die. for. AND....she is down filled. I keep finding myself in the garage … [Read more...]

Nursery Decorating Ideas Part 3: Change your Crib for CHEAP!


After the hubby and I devised a plan for creating our tufted crib, we went to work. If you forgot what our crib looked like "before" here is a reminder. :)Items needed for this project:1/2 sheet of 1/2 inch MDFFabric of your choice, we used white pleather/vinyl. We wanted to be able to wipe it off easily and leather was too expensive. Foam (we used 3 inch memory foam that was given to us from my brother for … [Read more...]