Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Less is More

Image via Flickr Less is more and other spring cleaning hints.  Spring cleaning, the green way – UpperMichigansSource.com news.google.com Spring cleaning, the green wayUpperMichigansSource.comMARQUETTE — If you’ve been thinking about getting out the cleaning supplies sometime soon, now is the best time to consider spring cleaning your home in an environmentally friendly way. According … Did you know that dust can damage fabric?  Dust particles aren’t always round and fuzzy, they can have sharp edges that cause wear on fibers.  Before dry cleaning was invented people brushed their garments that couldn’t be washed, then hung the garments out to air.  Today cleaning companies recommend vacuuming not just rungs but also curtains, bedding and furniture to remove dust and particles that can damage fibers. Image via Flickr Closets that are packed with garments is another cause of wear on fabrics.  Spring cleaning and weeding out clothes that we have not worn for a year will ease the closet crowding. More inspiration from Tatertots and Jello:  Great Ideas – 22 Spring Organizing Projects – Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com/Mar 17 Whatever the reason, I am in full Spring Cleaning mode. Office Closet Reveal @ Fresh Coat of Paint. Craft Drawer Organization @ The Thinking Closet. So it was awesome to see so many organizing tips linked up this week. Here are 22 great Spring Organizing Ideas. I hope these articles inspire to at least create more roon by eliminating unused garments.  Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net

Scotch guarding nightmare?

We had our new furniture scotch guarded and our special design fabric faded 3 to 4 shades darker! Should this happened? We hate our new furniture look! Please help us, we searched and found the scotch company on the web. Thanks Holland By: larry holland

Pillow Talk – Ladies Capture His Heart & Soul

Life seemed complete for our guest columnist – a multi-degreed education, a distinguished career and community standing, loving family, a restored 1906 turreted Queen Anne Victorian home in an idyllic countryside setting and filled with objets d’art. Then one day a lady crossed his path and life has never been the same. Read one man’s captivation with collecting parlour pillows by Jason Ross Haxton Director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum, KCOM Medical School, Kirksville MO Regardless of your antique collecting weakness (fabric, furniture, or glassware) most of us remember our earliest purchases. And most likely our earliest purchases hold a fair amount of sentimental value or horror at our naïveté. Seventeen years ago I was smitten by a dewy-eyed, dark haired beauty that stared at me from a crisp fabric background of fresh daffodils and cherry blossoms. I was able to rescue this fair damsel on a pillow from the sunny window of a run down antique shop for $25, after a good bit of haggling. This Victorian beauty was soon fluffed up and resting against the high back headboard of my wife’s heirloom oak bed. For about five years the face on this pillow stared out to me every morning and night of each day. …And life seemed pretty good! Then several years later, while on a trip to San Antonio TX, antiquing with the woman who trained me in antiques and raised me (my mom), I had a sudden uncomfortable feeling in the mists of what looks like every other antique shop… old furniture, glassware and framed pictures filled every nook and cranny leaving items juxtaposed in new and sometimes humorous relationships to each other. Across the room was a familiar face staring at me from a gold-gilded frame buried in a sea of framed prints that included dogs, yard long chicks, old buildings, and cottages on tree lined country lanes. I am not into buying prints – preferring original oil paintings. I shrugged off the image but my eyes kept drifting and locking onto this new but seemingly familiar face. It suddenly hit me that the same artist that had designed the parlor pillow that I had kept in my bedroom had also created this woman. Upon closer inspection I could see the same rich colors on the familiar waxy looking fabric. I had discovered my first framed pillow top. After a little bargaining and for $80 this new beauty was headed back to the state of Missouri with me. Looking at the image…
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Most Common Question About Finding Fabric

One of the most frequently asked questions here at Fabrics.net is: “I know this fabric exists because I have it on my furniture/pillow/sheets/dress/shirt/bedspread/comforter/purse/baby bedding/curtain. Why doesn’t anyone tell me where to find this fabric?” There are several reasons why fabric that is found in garments or items is not available for purchase in yardage. Licensed fabrics such as Disney, Looney Tunes, NASCAR, NFL, NBA, NHL, College and University Logos, etc., are licensed to specific manufacturers for specific items, not necessarily in yardage that is available to the consumer. Bedding manufacturers as well as furniture and drapery manufacturers will design their own fabrics for their items and this fabric is not always available for purchase in yardage. Clothing manufacturers may order specific fabric for their garments and this fabric may not be available in yardage. But, you never know.  If you’re looking for something in particular, try posting a picture and description of it in our free Fabric Finder.  One of our hundreds of retailers and wholesalers might just have what you’re looking for!

Can I Dye Out Pink Stains?

My in-laws have an overstuffed sectional hide-a-bed sofa that is a southwest with pink streaks in it. They bought new and no longer want the sectional…we do but not pink! Can it be dyed? Without any color rubbing off on us later? Hi Linda, Sorry, you cannot dye the sofa. You can spray paint it with fabric paint (available at Michaels or Hobby Lobby), but it will take a LOT of spray paint and the results are unpredictable. Dyeing is a water-based process which must be rinsed repeatedly, very hard to do on a piece of furniture. Consider recovering or slipcovers. Jennifer

Dyeing Columnist

Dear Friends, I have received a number of questions lately about dyeing upholstered furniture, and I have to tell you all that this is not a good option unless you really want to make a big science experiment. Fabric dye is a water-based process which must be rinsed repeatedly; else you will have dye rubbing off on the clothes and skin of everyone who sits on the furniture. You can try spray-on fabric paint on a smaller project, such as chair cushions, if you really want to. This stuff is available at crafts stores in the fabric paint/t-shirt embellishment department. Follow directions carefully. I know, I know, I saw them spray paint that chair on Trading Spaces too. As far as I can determine, the chair was vinyl or Naugahyde and took some kind of paint from an industrial sprayer. I have not been able to find any details on this process. If anyone knows the specifics on what they did on the show, please let me know!! (Also, remember, the chair’s owner was not particularly pleased with the result.) It is much, much easier and overall more satisfactory to recover your existing furniture, to make slipcovers, or to get new pieces than to take on a fabric color change project. Save dyeing for t-shirts, tablecloths, sheets, towels, sewing fabric, etc. Jennifer

Upholstery Best For Children And Pets

Andy, I need to know which sofas(upholstery) are the best for toddlers and large pet dogs? I have heard that the micro-fiber material is good. We really live on our sofas and need something that will hold up well. Thank You, Sheila Sheila: WOOD is the answer. But if you are having kids and dogs, consider that what you are buying now, won’t last, no matter what the fabric. At some point you will want to redecorate, anyway. So go out, and buy what you like. Train the dogs to stay off the furniture, and teach the kids, not to eat on the furniture. The kitchen is for eating. Happy Decorating and Good Luck, Andy