6.23.2011

Switch Studio Before & Afters

For those of you who don't know yet, I have been spending a lot more of my time focused on refinishing and reupholstering furniture.  What made me start doing this you ask?  Well, when I was a child I used to love rummaging in my grandparents' basement looking for old pieces I could give new life and style to - I would gladly miss dinner in order to continue stenciling flowers on a stool!  It made me happy, and so I thought one day...

Genius, right?  With that thought in mind I headed to a local second hand store, picked up a chair, signed up for an upholstery class, and began to work on it.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed getting back to my roots and working with my hands to actually create something.  I was hooked - I bought books, videos,  signed up for more classes, and even began to apprentice full time with an upholsterer {yes I was very busy juggling clients, working at the upholstery shop, taking classes, working on my own pieces, and having a life - but all well worth it} because I was wanting to learn as much as I could.  

Now, while I am still taking on Staci Edwards Design Inc. clients, I am also working on launching Switch Studio where I redesign, refinish, and reupholster pieces for clients and create originals to sell.  I am not yet sure where all of this will take me, I am tickled pink at the possibilities!  

Anyway, today I want to show you a few before and afters that I have completed, so here goes...

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This is the Burnet Stool, and I can hardly bear to part with it - isn't is darling?
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These are the Aviary Chairs - and again I think they are just so cute!  These would look perfect in a little breakfast nook to add a little cheer!


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This is the Pegalos Chair, and I decided to keep it for myself - I just couldn't part with it.  I reupholstered this the old school way by hammering tacks rather than using a staple gun, and it's stuffed with horse hair instead of foam!
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This is a piece I did for my very first Switch Studio client - Shannon from What's Up Whimsy!  I was so very jealous when I had to give it back to her, I capital L-O-V-E this sofa!

That's all I have to show you for now, but I have plenty of projects lined up, so stay tuned for more.  If you are interested in purchasing the Burnet Stool or Aviary Chairs they are for sale at my Etsy Shop - Switch Studio.  I am also accepting clients for furniture redesign, refinish, and reupholster projects, so if you have a piece that needs a little TLC and a whole lot of style then email info@switchstudio.ca for a quote - I'd love to help!

I must say that I am so very thrilled with my new little venture, and I'd like to thank you all for your support and incredibly positive feedback!  If you'd like to follow along with the fun I now have a Switch Studio Facebook Page and Twitter Account, so please join me, I'd be delighted!  Oh, and I am working on a website too, so be sure to watch for the launch of that!

I hope you like my pieces so far, and I would love to hear what you think, so please do comment below.  Thanks again, and have a super Thursday my sweets!
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28 comments:

  1. This is simply gorgeous work! ooh you have me tempted to call you up!

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  2. Staci I love them! I can tell why you decided to keep the Pegalos chair - it's gorgeous! :)

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  3. WHAT??? Are you kidding me? Your creativity and talent is amazing!!! LOVE the light blue chairs and the white/gray one. I would love to borrow you for a few days when we get our next house. Amazing.
    xoxo
    -linh
    http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

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  4. LOVE your Pegalos chair!! Fantastic!

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  5. Your work is great! If the fabric for my chairs matches the stool I may scoop it up, if it's still available :)

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  6. Your work is lovely! I may scoop up the stool if it's available once I know the fabric of my chairs.

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  7. Staci, you are amazing! Each and every one of those pieces is gorgeous. So happy you are doing what you love!

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  8. I have said it before and I will say it again, I LOVE your work! I think you have decided to follow a passion that is sure to bring you happiness and success since you are obviously good at what you do. Looking forward to seeing more soon :)

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  9. wow - you are so talented! I hope one of these finds it's way into my home in the near future...

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  10. Congratulations Staci! Your pieces look incredible! See you tomorrow! xo

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  11. Staci...absolutely gorgeous work!! I may have to ask you to create a piece for me from something old in my basement!! Can't wait to see what you create next! xoxo

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  12. Love this post. Love that you are pursuing what you love to do. LOVE what you have done. Great job. I will look forward to seeing more!

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  13. Hi Staci...

    I totally admire you, Staci! For going "full swing" into upholstering! Wow...you have created some really beautiful pieces! I just adore the sofa that you did...love the mix of fabrics and color...Oooh!!!

    Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Favorites party this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  14. These are great - brilliant work.
    New google and facebook follower saw you on skip tuesday Karima x
    www.karimascrafts.com

    PS: How long did it take to upholster the sofa? I am thinking about doing mine, not sure what time schedule I should be looking at!

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  15. What great work. I just purchased an old setee that I want to reupholster, but I'm a little scared. But, I will do it because I love it.
    ;-)

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  16. Love them all! Come over and see some of my reupholstery! Including a chair and couch kinda like yours!

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  17. Great work!! All your pieces are gorgeous and definitely look professional.

    I'm impressed you took the plunge to follow your dream! I'm starting college as a full time student this fall, at 37 years old, to finally get my Interior Design degree. I figure it's never too late to do what makes you happy. :)

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  18. Beautiful. :) Following from Not Just a Housewife. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. The most view link will receive a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop. Hope to see you there.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  19. W.O.W. Every piece just kept getting better and better! You have major talent and I absolutely adore your color choices! I have a thrift chair waiting to be painted and re-covered for months now but I just can't decide on colors. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I came over from Not Just a Housewife and am definitely a new follower!

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  20. Oh I am so with what you said about doing what makes you happy. I too love to upholster and switch up furniture, but I can't do it for others since it hurts my hands too much. Your work is fabulous and it so wonderful to see someone not only bring new life back into old tired pieces, but to see it so well done with quality and style.

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  21. Oh my goodness, wonderful, beautiful transformations!! Thanks for sharing,
    Jeanette

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  22. I saw this on Not Just A Housewife and had to come take a peak at the couch. I was pleasantly surprised to see how talented you are and all the other lovely pieces you have done. You found your niche, and it is evident it is what you love. Going to go fav your shop!

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  23. I just wanted to let you know I featured you toddy over at blissful and domestic. Stop by and grab a button;)

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  24. Your before and afters are amazing!! Love them!!

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  25. Sandi @ Making It Homey said... You do such good work, rather it's painting or upholstering it all looks great.

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  26. Good for you, doing what makes you happy! You are really good at it too, your transformations are beautiful! Thanks for sharing

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  27. I love the pegalos chair, so I understand why you wanted the keep it. The needlepoint "before" chair makes me think of my honorary grandmother. She was a dear older lady who loved to show me the needlepoint chairs she did in her earlier years. All your things are very pretty. I've always wanted to reupholster furniture, but haven't taken the time to learn. It's obvious you are very talented and love what you do.

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  28. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE..We just bought a condo in TO for 2dds and DH ( read all about it here http://bit.ly/pUnBXG) I am looking for a bargain, comfy chair that needs to be recovered...when I find It I will be in touch.

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