Let me get right to the point. I'm giving away a gorgeous DIY book courtesy of Storey Publishing that sells for $35.
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For the rest of you, here is a peek inside of Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, a new book by Amanda Brown. Amanda, who runs Spruce Upholstery in Austin, is one of those genius people who started pairing modern fabrics with vintage furniture pieces. Her tutorials have been featured on HGTV and Design Sponge.
Bromeliad the blog is all about reuse, and rescuing solidly made furniture and giving it a makeover is a big-ticket way to reduce waste.
This hardcover book offers gorgeous photography along with detailed step-by-step instructions. It's not just an inspiration book. It's a true do-it-yourself guide. Every step of every project is included, along with photos.
Part of Amanda's skill is pairing modern fabrics with a vintage upholstery shape, as the examples below show.
The book makes it seem that if you've got the the equipment and space and a tiny bit of spatial intelligence, a serious upholstery project is within your ability. I have none of those. My only big furniture project - a slipcover I did a few years ago - nearly killed me. But Spruce did inspire me to drag out this little thrift store footstool and cover it in something fabulous and weird. Right now I'm considering cobalt blue snake.
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Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design (Book Trailer)
When Amanda Brown set out to learn the art of upholstery in 2007, she had a few classes and not much else in her tool belt. Now, armed with her successful furniture redesign studio, Spruce, in Austin, Texas, Amanda has translated her experience into the kind of resource she wished she'd had when she was starting out. Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, available from Storey Publishing in October 2013, is a one-of-a-kind volume that covers everything from coil springs to interior design, guiding you through six upholstery projects from start to finish. With over 900 step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions, Spruce will empower anyone who has an eye for design and a hankering for breathing life into an old piece of furniture to do it themselves.
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