In our last post about DIY upholstery makeovers?we talked about some of the elements you’ll want to focus on when you makeover your piece. In this post we backtrack a bit to mention the type of furniture you’ll want to do this with. And we also have a great fabric option to introduce to you.

Here are some thoughts on updating design that might give you fresh inspiration regardless whether you project is high-end design or something more DIY.

First off there is this advice about furniture makeover from Kathy at The Budget Decorator

“At the heart of budget decorating, or DIY decorating for that matter, is the makeover. Find a used piece with good bones at a thrift store, yard sale or flea market, and transform it into something ?stylish and lovely.”

While her topic is DIY and thrift the same applies to any re-purposing (even of luxury furniture and items), namely, look for furniture with “good bones.”

If you have or find a piece with a unique structural design but less than desirable fabric, etc. a simple makeover could turn the bland piece into a show-stopper.


You might decide to have your piece re-upholstered, go the slipcover route, or simply have a cushion or pillows made in a contrast fabric. To really make your fabric unique you might try Home Jelly’s suggestion and customize your own fabric for a one-of-a-kind chair.

Spoonflower is a?print-on-demand fabric provider. Which means you can give them a design/pattern/picture and they can print in on a fabric for you.

And lastly, for the more adventurous, there is good DIY advice about working with fabrics.

Hope you enjoy!