Posts Tagged: upholstery

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

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Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Before and Afters: Back to School 2014 Edition

Why is this year going so fast??? Stop it!!! After a long summer, it’s time again to send the kiddos off to class and for parents to get back to those around-the-house projects. You know who you are! Moms and Dads of Austin and surrounding areas — it’s time you all do the same! Students, »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

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If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

Join the Spruce Team. Now Hiring!

We’re hiring two employees at Spruce! Yes, we’re growing, and we’re now accepting applications for a part-time sales person and a full-time upholsterer. More than anything, we’re looking for high-energy candidates with a strong work ethic and a good attitude who embody Spruce’s DIY spirit. These individuals must be team players and should be familiar »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

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Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Padding Sawhorses

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Reupholstering can be rough on furniture. With all of the flipping and turning that goes on, it’s all too easy to nick the finished wood or painted surfaces by accident. Luckily, this problem can be solved by padding your sawhorses. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make your sawhorses furniture safe and super cute. »

Upholstered Headboard Tutorial and Giveaway: Win a Creativebug Class!

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Amanda’s Upholstered Headboard tutorial was just released on Creativebug! This is the second of a series of online upholstery tutorials we’ve partnered to do with the craft workshop website. Students will learn how to make a cool, custom headboard like a pro from this in-depth workshop. Amanda guides students every step of the way, from »

Spruce’s Top 10 of 2013

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There’s nothing better than starting 2014 with some beautiful, custom upholstery. That’s why we love to celebrate our favorite pieces of the year. Our Top 10 of 2013 (above) includes a healthy mix of client pieces and in-house designs, such as Amanda’s Geometric Upholstered Door featured on HGTV’s Design  Happens blog and adorable Circus Tent Kennel »

Book Tour Stops: North Carolina

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One week down and two to go for the Spruce book tour! Katherine and I have had a blast meeting fellow upholstery and furniture addicts in Dallas, Memphis, and Nashville and are enjoying a few free days in Franklin, TN before we head east. Don’t forget to join us in Knoxville on Tuesday at Union »

Enter the Ugliest Chair Contest!

It’s probably tucked away in a dark corner, covered with an old blanket, or it’s solely occupied by your pet. Yes, we’re talking about that ugly chair you own. This week, Storey Publishing launched The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest. Show us your ugliest chair – one that really needs a facelift – and win a »

Behind the Scenes with Our Style Stories

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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a super talented and all around fantastic gal come visit my home. Hilary Walker of Our Style Stories and I were connected through the lovely women over at StudioBon Textiles in Dallas. While Hilary was in town for the Texas Style Council Conference, she dropped by to see »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

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When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as »

Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

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We’ve made some new friends recently! Mockingbird Domestics is a thoughtfully curated retail shop on South Lamar. Owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, are responsible for this beautiful shop that specializes in home furnishings. One of the many things that we love about this business is their plethora of handcrafted goods by Texas artisans.

Before and Afters

Awww, before and afters…who doesn’t love instant gratification? One of the perks of my job is completing and sharing some of our satisfying before and after shots. I’m so happy to be in the business of turning struggling furniture into upholstery eye candy. Allow me to treat you with some of our recent transformations we »

Fabric Finds: New Manuel Canovas Collection!

Manuel Canovas has been pumping out some sweet prints and weaves lately, inspired by global flora and fauna, points of inspiration include the Carribean Islands, as well as  Middle and Far East themes. See Manuel Canovas’ Jamaica in Turquoise (above) in all its citrus glory!  Lina in Absinthe is pictured on the ottoman in the foreground. »

Spruce Design Tip: Railroading Fabric

Hello patriots! Happy 4th of July to you all. A mid-week respite is just what the doctor ordered. Today I bring you a tip from the front of house. Clar and I spend quite a bit of time working with numbers, constantly measuring furniture and calculating the exact number of yards needed to complete each »

Inspiration of the Week: Confetti

Confetti…symbolic of fun, happiness, and celebration.  Inspiration is everywhere, but leave it to me to find it in a slice of Funfetti birthday cake.  I am usually a stickler for making things from scratch, but “if it ain’t broke…”  It is undeniable that this cake is yummy, but if you think about it, it really »

Designer Spotlight: Lindsey Arthur of Play House

With all the furniture that comes through Spruce, we do get to work with some fantastic interior designers. Often, designers are willing to take risks and can leap from idea to execution in one bound. It makes for exciting projects and some of our favorite pieces to work on! To help inform you of the »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Leveling Sinuous Springs

If you aren’t working with coil springs on your piece, you’re likely to come across sinuous springs. These puppies, otherwise known as zigzag springs, offer good support and bounce without requiring the skill and time of tying coil springs. Sometimes one sinuous spring just isn’t the same height as the others. You can spend loads »

Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Wetting Leather

Tip time! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing leather this week.  Leather hides come in varying thicknesses and can sometimes be quite stiff. If you ever find yourself handling such leather, I’ve got a tip for you that you’ll thank me for later.  Water is the magic ingredient. Simply sponge water »

Before and Afters: Rich Solids!

Hello all upholstery fans! We know you’re itchin’ for your next fix, so please enjoy this visual list of marvelous before-and-afters, and a couple of custom-made fabrications for our inspired clients. We can do this for you too…just sayin’! There is a common thread to these re-dos. Of late, our clients have consecutively chosen vibrant »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Using a Hole Saw for Button Tufting

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Before and After Treats

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Spruce Upholstery Tips

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Sprucette Night

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Trunk Show at Spruce with Stella & Dot!

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New Spring Spruce Class Dates

Hi Everyone! We hope you had a great weekend. The weather was stunning here in Austin. I hope everyone made a trip outside. We have nailed down the new class dates for April and May!  As always, there’s a variety of projects, and we will be offering one to two classes a month. Here is a »

Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

Spruce has been helping ambitious do-it-yourselfers tackle their upholstery projects for several years now.  We recently expanded the possibilities of upholstery education by removing any and all restrictions on what type of furniture is permitted.  From spring tying to cushion sewing, the possibilities are endless.  During our first round of upholstery lessons, our lovely pupils, »

Last week for Spruce Annual Sale!

Hey upholstery addicts! Don’t forget this is the last week to take advantage of 10% OFF upholstery and fabric when both are purchased here at Spruce. Come by the shop on or before February 16th, and we’ll help get your tired furniture looking refreshed!

Altitude Summit Adventures, Part I

Hello! Amanda and I have just returned from our adventures at Altitude Summit, the most killer blog conference, period. Our week was full of non-stop sessions learning all kinds of things from Photoshop, to how to monetize your blog, to creating great work-life balance. Not only was the content amazing, but it was seriously one »

Before and After!

We are happy to say that things have been in full swing at the shop.  We’ve turned out some great pieces of furniture for our clients and even carved out a little time to add some new retail to the shop.  One of the best parts of my job is getting to see all of »

Winter Sale at Spruce!

Happy New Year! Hope it was a peaceful holiday for you all. We at Spruce are getting the wheels turning again and trying to keep warm in our 30 degree Fahrenheit cold snap. Enjoy it while it lasts: just like this temporal Spruce event below!!!! This post officially announces our annual Spruce Winter Sale! We are »