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Roman Shades | Gloucester County NJ

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Roman Shades - Gloucester County NJ


Daytime is usually a terrible time to take pictures of window treatments.  The light streaming through the windows overpowers the colors of the draperies.


In this instance, the sunlight shows EXACTLY the effect this Gloucester County resident intended - filtered illumination of a fabric pattern as a design element.  We are thrilled ...

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Sectional Sofa Reupholstered - Jersey Shore

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

This is a great sectional sofa!  Great for lots of family and great for the large room.  'Great' as in vast and all-encompassing, too!


Also great are the fabric selections for the reupholstery.  Additional considerations were given to the fabric given the recreational use of the sectional.



Using two fabrics with the lighter one on the d...

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Reupholster a Vintage Sofa in Delaware

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM

This sofa contains great features - most notably a reed bundle arm stump transitioning off into a continuous rope-twist surround.  It also suffered the ravages of time and wear.  The foundation materials holding the springs in the deck and back had dry rotted and collapsed in places.  The center leg was lost and the outer fabric was worn through.


Vintage Sofa Before

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Reupholstered Arm Chair in Mullica Hill NJ

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

How to provide an accent piece in a minimalist setting without stepping too far out of the neutral/natural color theme?  Reupholster a vintage open arm chair in Elephant Ears fabric by Robert Allen with a neutral pallete of linen and grey!  The large botanical pattern jumps right out from the rectilinear architectural elements in the room.  The color ties back to the grey-ice walls.

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Upholstery | Petal Back Arm Chairs | Lewes DE

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 9:50 PM



Very unique pair of petal back arm chairs in a shore home.  The frames were stripped, tightened and then refinished.  Two colors of chenille fabric for the upholstery over a new foundation.  Contrast piping throughout and a decorative button medallion to push the petal theme even further.  Below is a photo of the frames just after the new ...

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Upholstery | Fireside Chair | Pennsville NJ

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM


Paddle arm fireside chair with highly carved vertical elements.  The wood cleaned up nicely to suit the brown tones in the chenille fabric by United Fabrics.  The soft blue is echoed in the squadron of dragonflies on the contrasting pillow.  Neat coordination between fabric colors and wood tone.  Gracing a sun porch in Pennsville, NJ.

By Jame...

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Upholstery | Mullica Hill NJ | Camel Back Sofa

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Vintage scrolled arm sofa reupholstered in a classic botanical fabric that provides nice "movement" across the piece.  A new high-fill down cushion gives a plush sit.  A square and a button pillow for elbowing.

Upholstered and delivered to Mullica Hill in Gloucest...
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Upholstery | Haddonfield NJ | Tufted Club Chairs

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM


A pair of smaller tufted scroll arm club chairs with box pleat skirts.  And ottoman. Re-upholstered in a soft russet performance chenille for extended durability.  New foam core down wrapped cushions give a good sit for lingering fireside!

Delivered to Haddonfield, NJ.


By James Conklin


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Upholstery + Refinishing // Whimsical Arm Chairs

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM


A pair of tired Sheraton inspired arm chairs jump out of the 1940's right into now!  For the finish, a linen white base was loosely glazed and brushed with a greyish brown.  Satin topcoat.  The chairs were upholstered with one in the true face of the fabric and the other in the back of the fabric.  Alternating lumbar pillows kept the reverse theme going. 


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Dining Table Refinished | Atlantic County

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM
 

Heavy use had damaged the top of this dining table.  The rest of the set was in good condition.  As shown below, the color and effect match was a little tricky.  To prevent the new finish from damage, the client opted for a full glass top.  So prior to completing the new finish, we took the top to JAG Glass...
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Oak Clock to the Jersey Shore

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Sometimes it is possible - and desirable - to refinish furniture without first stripping the old finish.  This refinishing project from the South Jersey Shore is one of those projects.  The original finish was in good condition and the desired color was darker than the original white-washed oak.  The clock case was rather delicate and somewhat intricate so we opted to not strip it.  After dis-assembly a good cleaning and light scuffing got things started....

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Can A Workbench Be Furniture?

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Well it can be if you want to revive the workbench that grandfather used while making furniture in Philadelphia.

But not to use as a working bench, intending instead to use it as a console table or a foyer table. While  some of the deeper wear will remain, it needs cleaning, the paint and glue removed, and a more developed finish than the thin coating of tung oil or shellac used on work tables.

W...

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Hazy Pearl Dresser - Jersey Shore Theme

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Upcycled mid-century dresser with a mellow comfortable finish that is relaxed yet elegant.  It had been brush painted black to hide veneer damage.  The updated look was copied from a piece of fabric used elsewhere in the home.  It was attained by using a light mustard undercoat with a subtle white shading to provide highlights and then a satin clear coat with a golden pe...

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Paint Style Finishes in Furniture Refinishing

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

More of our clients and interior designers have been requesting paint style finishes when refinishing their furniture.  They enjoy the ability to coordinate the furniture with wall, window, and fabric selections they have made for their living spaces.  The resulting furniture pieces are often distinctive, fresh, and unexpected when compared to the usual finishes seen on those types of furniture. 

 

We are exited by this trend and have incorporated th...

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How Much Does it Cost to Upholster a Wing Chair?

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 10:00 PM

                                                                

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