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.

Giveaway: Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown

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.

Giveaway: Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown

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 Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    November 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book – thanks for offering the giveaway!

    And I totally believe you can upholster something! I can’t wait to see what you tackle. My husband and I reupholstered 6 dining room chairs, cutting the foam and all, this past summer and it was way easy and so rewarding to see a set of custom chairs and know that we were able to do them ourselves.

  • Reply
    Clarisa Ramirez
    November 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Ashley! Thanks for the wonderful post and being a part of the Spruce Upholstery Book Blogging Tour! We love that fabric behind the book! – Clarisa Ramirez, Marketing & Social Media, Spruce Upholstery

  • Reply
    Marni @ Haberdashery Fun
    November 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Found you over at WayFair. Loved the look of your images so thought I would pop on over and check out your blog!! Love it all 🙂

    • Reply
      November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks so much! Glad you found us : )

  • Reply
    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    November 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I do want to learn about upholstery and it totally intimidates me. I’m a detail person so I’d probably be good at it once I knew what to do, but I’m not the jump-in-and-see-how-it-goes type. I looked into a few highly-rated upholstery books on Amazon but they look like they were first published years ago. Spruce seems like just what I’m looking for — modern projects, with details and instructions that are easy to follow. If I don’t win it, it’s going on my holiday gift list!

  • Reply
    Jessica G
    November 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much for offering the giveaway! I would love to get my hands on it!!!!! Hooray books & design 🙂

  • Reply
    November 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve had the same desire/intimidation about upholstery for YEARS. I love the size and shape of my sofa, but it is in S-A-D condition. This may be the fix. Thanks for letting us know about this book, Ashley!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Hello Ashley and Greg! WOW I’m beyond excited to have found your blog {amazing things happen when blogsurfing}. Stinks I missed the chance to grab this book but I’m glad I know it exist and I can buy it. I’m over the moon with the posted I’ve seen on your blog already {wootwoot}. I’ve done upholstery before, nothing massive, although when I was working it really was. I actually purchased a really cool sofa at Goodwill that is beyond beautiful! The entire backrest (?) is tufted. I’ve seen sofas like this on those highend mags for a couple thousand bucks and thought I can either reup or paint it… that was a year and a half ago! LOL that job is still a bit intimidating… but I have high hopes for 2014 and my awesome sofa. I’ve noted my blog post for the reup I did – let me know what you think. Oh, and I’m guilty of not posting in ages..I’m much better at checking out blogs and getting hands on than I am at posted- I’ll leave that to the pros! =) See ya’ around.

    • Reply
      November 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      So glad you found us : ) Sounds like a really fun project!

    Leave a Reply