Seriously Impressive DIY Upholstery Updates

Furnishings with good bones but bad skin can be quickly refreshed with basic do-it-yourself upholstery techniques. We'll show you how to create upholstered accessories for less, plus rescue well-loved pieces with paint, nailhead trim, and more.

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    • Stenciled Upholstered Headboard

      An eye-catching headboard can take your bedroom from so-so to superstar status. When Beckie of Infarrantly Creative couldn't find a fabric she loved, she created her own. Plain off-white fabric was painted and stenciled before being turned into a budget-friendly upholstered headboard.

    • How to Upholster a Headboard

      Add style and substance behind the bed with an upholstered headboard. Watch and learn how to make your own this weekend.

    • Nailhead Trim Sofa

      Can you believe this cream-color beauty started as a ripped leather sofa? Jennifer of The Chronicles of Home used velvet fabric to lighten its look, and then added nailhead trim as a decorative touch.

    • DIY Nailhead Trim

      Give upholstered furniture a luxe touch with nailhead trim. Watch our step-by-step video to learn how.

    • No-Sew Upholstered Ottoman

      Liven up a neutral furniture arrangement with a bold ottoman. Customize your ottoman with colorful fabric that makes a statement. And the best part? No sewing!

    • Burlap Chair Seat

      Removable seats make re-covering a cinch. Use this step-by-step guide to breathe new life into flea market finds with fabulous bones.

    • Painted Chair

      Turn a dated chair into a work of art with the power of paint. This once-burgundy eyesore became a head-turning masterpiece thanks to a flower motif that mimics vintage florals.

    • How to Paint Upholstery

      Call on the power of paint to give your upholstery a fast style update. This step-by-step video shows you exactly what to do.

    • Pouf Ottoman

      You can make this pretty DIY pouf in an afternoon -- and it'll cost you just $50. Use it as extra seating or an ottoman, and instantly elevate your room's style.

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      Retro Redo

      Update worn furniture with some fresh fabric and a new coat of paint! The old cushion covers were removed to provide the pattern for the new upholstery, and the frame was sanded with 180-grit sandpaper to remove gloss and give the wood a bit of tooth. A coat of primer was brushed on to prepare the wood surface. The final coat of spray paint provides a sleek finish.

      Above the desk, a lively lattice-pattern fabric adds energy to a memo board. To create it, we primed and spray-painted an old picture frame. Using spray adhesive, we affixed a piece of fabric (cut slightly larger than the foam-core board sized to fit inside the frame) to the board and smoothed it to remove wrinkles. When finished, we attached the board to the frame with fabric tape.

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      Cozy Companions

      We complemented our newly re-covered chair with an ottoman upholstered in a pop of pure color. The turquoise vinyl is a durable and easy-to-clean choice for kick-back cool.

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