LOVE IT OR LIST IT - polling the audience

We are looking for your input on this one!

I've been working on this Craig's list night stand

and awefulizing over it.

I don't like it!
George likes it!
It's midnight black with gold accents.

Do you like it?
Do you love it?
Do you hate it?
Would you buy it?
Do you have a suggestion?
Plz tells us your thoughts.

I hated it, so the re-revamp can be seen here:


it's real pretty now!

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DO UP YOUR BUTTONS - button tufting tutorial

My tools of destruction.
The wing on this chair was loose.
So I repaired it with a screw and some glue.
Time to make a pile of rubble.
New under pad on the seat and back.
I painted the frame then distress the frame.
I also antiqued it with a dark stain.
Cut a new piece of foam for the seat and
continued to upholster the seat and the arms.
Then upholster the front of the back
The trick to button tufting is to have something
solid at the back to secure the buttons to.
I relied on the wood uprights on this chair.
There are other methods including:
tieing around cotton, or a second button on the back side.

Here are my nifty supplies and tools.
  • Used upholstery buttons
  • Flexible wire
  • My homemade upholstery needle
*your needle must be sharp and strong*
  • Tape - because my needle doesn't have an eye

Recover the buttons with new fabric
I used the same fabric as the chair,
you could choose a complementary fabric.
 Make sure the back loop is exposed.
 Cut your wire to approx. 12inch

Thread your cut wire through the button loop.

 Using your large needle
skewer your upholstery from front to back.

Now tape the wire to the end of your needle.
Try to keep the thickness as thin as possible to get it
through the layers of fabrics smoothly or else it will
get caught up and the wire will seperate from the needle.
You want to get it thru the first time, everytime.
I had to start skewering at the back because
holes were already drilled in the wood.

Now gently pull and wiggle the needle and wire through.
Once thru remove the needle and push the button
firmly into your upholster to a desired depth and twist
your wire at the back. (an extra thumb is helpful to push)
Oh George !!! ......
If you were working with upholstery that was already tufted
there would be something in place to tie the wire to.
For 2 of these buttons I wrapped it around the wood
frame then tucked it safely out of the way.

For the lower 2 buttons,
I used 3 staples to secure the wire to the wood.

My PARLOUR chair had ridged burlap running from
side to side that the wire poked thru then twisted
around small nails. The burlap seen in this chair
was too soft and flexible to use that way.

Once you have all your buttons in place and secured,
finish upholstering the back of your new furniture.

You can do as many buttons as you like,
but I prefer just the 4 on this chair.

If I missed anything plz ask.

For an indepth upholstery tutorial on a slipper chair
plz check out GINA's
ongoing upholstery chronicles:

I've shared this tutorial at:
Designer Garden

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70's SHOWGIRLS - bed tables

 Look at these ladies, legs as pretty
as a Vegas show girl.

With just a touch of sparkle in
these flower shaped glass pulls.
Stay tuned the
photo is coming up at the bottom. 
 I dabbled with shaping the back legs on this pair,
you can just see my attempt below.
 Just too short, too old, and way too brown.
Vegas girls didn't look like
this in the 70's, did they?

For more inspirational pieces finished in


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