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Retro Furniture Gets Second Chance!

Reupholstered ChairOccasionally we get tired of our furniture and want to upgrade. Upgrade doesn’t always mean hitting the Brick and JYSK in search of something better or more suitable than what we currently have. Sometimes we just want to switch up our decor because we get bored easily. The most resourceful idea that most people wouldn’t think of is quite simply reupholstering our current furniture or perhaps painting it.

Now I’m not talking about MTTHTBDS (moms trying too hard to be DIY savvy) by painting your dresser 6 different painfully bright colours… I’m talking about taking inspiration from modern sources, catalogs or even Pinterest and applying these ideas to your existing furniture. In my case, all my furniture is thrift so it didn’t cost much in the first place so worst case scenario is that it gets wrecked and we start over.

Chair Before Couch Before


A loveseat sofa bed and rocking chair have been in my parents’ possession for countless decades. These pieces are solid, heavy constructions with the wear and tear of two girls and several apartment moves. I had these in my last apartment in Kingston which came in super handy and I found them rather comfortable despite their not-exactly-mint appearance. However my mom, being the crafty sewing mastermind that she is, has taken it upon herself to redesign and give life to these two pieces.

Little did my father know when these items ended up back in his house for the um-teenth time – that they would take on a whole new persona. A whole new non-matching persona at that! This happens to everyone when we do things at different times, things don’t always match. Now my mother has never been a matchy-matchy person, in fact the more unique the better. She recovered the rocking chair with fabric she already had in her possession – and purchased the material for the couch at a later date thinking it was more of a red, turns out, its more of a purple. Oh well!
Chair Fabric Couch in Progress

Not sure how my dad feels about owning a purple couch but I think he gave up on trying to make sense of my mom’s decorating style and individual taste! The chair has been completed and I think was a tremendous success! The couch is a very large project and is currently underway.

Reconstruction

Dress ReconstructionI often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.

I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.

I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.

The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.