Furniture Face-Lifts: Re-Covering
A. I have always repurposed old furniture for my house, and I love collecting old furnishings that tell the stories of their past owners. Spruce opened in the summer of 2007 as an outlet to rejuvenate these pieces for retail.
A. We have a showroom in front with a small but thorough fabric library and select reupholstered pieces for sale. Attached to the back is a large workshop where we roll up our sleeves and re-create worn-out furniture.
6607 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752
A. I’ve been known to rummage through abandoned buildings, estate sales, junk stores, and garage sales to find great pieces. We’ve gained a reputation for adopting rejects, so sometimes people stop by the store on their way to the landfill to gauge our interest in their old furniture.
A. I tend to gravitate toward bold colors and unconventional combinations with a focus on vintage silhouettes. The details and period of a piece dictate my fabric and restyling choices.
A. I got this Chippendale-style settee at an estate sale in Austin. The small scale and clean lines made it the perfect candidate for a modern makeover.
A. We took the settee down to its frame, replaced the foam, and reupholstered it in a graphic bird print by one of my favorite fabric companies, Skinny Laminx.
A. We have the best customers who give us lots of creative freedom with their furniture. Every day, we try new ideas and fabric combos to make one-of-a-kind pieces. Then, I get to pick my favorite transformations and apply them to my own furniture!
A. Don’t be intimidated by the ugliness of a piece. As long as it has good bones, it can be rejuvenated. Before buying, check to see if the piece is heavy and has tight joints— both signs of quality furniture.
Take a Class!
Spruce’s “Bring Your Own Chair” classes walk you through upholstery basics.