Seriously Impressive DIY Upholstery Updates

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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.

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.

Add a focal point to your bedroom with a DIY upholstered headboard. Our step-by-step project shows you how.

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.

Dress up a plain piece of upholstered furniture with nailhead trim. Use these tips to help you achieve embellishment success.

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.

Yes, you can actually paint upholstered furniture and give a tired piece a brand new look. Learn how, plus what type of paint to use, and the secrets to success.

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.

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.

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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