I’ve always been mesmerized by and marginally jealous of people who can reupholster furniture. It’s just something I’ve always been intimidated by and completely apprehensive to tackle. Where do you begin? What type of fabric are you supposed to use? Are there certain pieces that can’t be reupholstered? One of my goals for this next year is to set aside my fears and actually reupholster a piece of furniture. Yep, I’m going to do it. Ya’ll hold me to it, okay? Okay.
Luckily, just in time for one of my 2014 goals, this amazing how-to book showed up on the horizon: Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown. It’s everything a totally inexperienced upholsterer like myself (or even an experienced one!), would want. So, when the publishers asked us to be a part of the virtual book tour, we emphatically agreed.
From cover to cover, the book is filled with information and everything you need to know about upholstering pretty much any type of furniture.
Being a graphic design geek, I’m totally crushing on the book’s layout and beautiful photography. I kind of want to describe it as “textbook-like”, because it’s that thorough. On the other hand, it’s way too interesting and fun to be compared to one. It also has three bookmark ribbons to mark your places while you’re working on a project. It’s easy to follow and much less intimidating than I’d imagine a book on upholstery could be.
Today, Storey Publishing is giving one of you guys on the other side of the screen a chance to win a copy of Spruce! Here’s how to enter… Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you’d rather not use your Facebook account, or don’t have one, just enter your email address (registering, adding a password, etc is not required and as always, your information is kept private!). Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements set by yours truly. Click the “Do it!” button, type the phrase in the blank in the widget, then click “Enter!” Now that you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – or none, it’s up to you. If you already follow Spruce or 7th House, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll be automatically given the extra entries. This giveaway is open to those in the US only, and as usual, the winner will be chosen using Random.org. Good luck everyone!
Be sure to check out the Ugliest Chair Contest. Share your ugly chair photo on Facebook right here and win upholstery supplies, design recommendations from Amanda, and a signed copy of the book. Even if you don’t have a hideous chair to share, it’s fun browsing the contenders.
So, have any of you ventured out into the world of upholstery? Have any projects to share? If so, share your link in the comments!