WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Is the furniture in your house looking tired and in need of amakeover?
In this week's HELEN Magazine segment we'll tell you whereyou can learn how to repurpose with what you already have.
For over a decade now, Kim Newell has been running a one-womanupholstery shop, transforming old furniture and antiques intoelegant pieces of art.
"I do a lot of family pieces, pieces that have been handed downand have special meaning for people, sentimental value," Newellsaid.
She said she enjoys give new purpose to antiques. She said thequality of today's manufactured pieces isn't even comparable to thefurniture of old.
"The new furniture, even the high-end furniture is made withlower grade wood, a lot of staples. The old furniture is heldtogether with dowels and hard wood. They have heavy springs,hand-tied springs," she said.
But she said like many upholsters, learning the skill is acontinuous process.
"The antique furniture that is covered in leather that may bestuffed with horse hair that takes the traditional techniquesthat's kind of a dying art nowadays," she said.
That's why she is promoting a two-day Upholstery Fair. It'saimed at Do-it-Yourselfers who want to learn from experts fromaround the country. The workshop is sponsored by the Wild Bird Shopand will be held on its grounds. It features 14 classes over twodays--from beginners to advanced.
"They range from the basic upholstery classes and my footstoolclass would be geared towards beginners and then we have some moreadvanced classes from master upholsters," she said.
The Upholstery Fair will be held July 23rd and 24th on thegrounds of the Wild Bird Shop and Kim's Upholstery Shop.
For more information call Kim at (765) 497-7772. Or follow thislink http://www.kimsupholsteryshop.com/contact.php
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