Side Note

Spruce Book Tour and Giveaway

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Amanda Brown, Spruce’s founder and owner, recently launched a book dedicated to the ins and outs of working through an upholstery project of your own. I’m no DIY expert, but if you’re going to try your hand at upholstery work from home, you need Amanda’s book. It’s thorough, extensive, and not for the weak of heart.

I’ve been pouring through the pages myself in an attempt to work up my own DIY chair makeover. More on that to come later. In the meantime, leave a comment in this post telling me what you would reupholster if you had Amanda’s book and you may be the lucky winner of a new Spruce book! You have until this Sunday, November 17th, to leave your comment. I’ll be announcing the winner along with my chair reveal first thing on Monday morning. Don’t miss it!

IMG_2905You may also be interested in catching Amanda and her team on their cross-country book tour! Find details about their travel plan and workshop schedule HERE. In addition, the Spruce team in running a contest all of their own. It’s called the Ugliest Chair Contest. More info HERE.

And a quick shout out to some of the other lovely bloggers who have been spreading the word about Spruce’s book launch and tour. Check them out when you get a chance!


Monday, 11/4 Bromeliad
Tuesday, 11/5 How About Orange
Wednesday, 11/6 Our Humble Abode
Thursday, 11/7 Inside Storey
Tuesday, 11/12 Making It Lovely
Wednesday, 11/13 Our Style Stories


And finally, we’ll end with this quote from the book. Is this not the greatest? I just love this mentality.
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  • Reply Rebecca November 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    What a great opportunity, thanks! I would upholster two wing back chairs, the form is good but the fabric, UGH.

  • Reply Jenny November 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’d love to upholster a footstool.

  • Reply PhiPhi November 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I have these two fabulous mid century chairs which have damaged vinyl fabric, great bones but i have never attempted anything like this so the Spruce Book is needed asap!

    • Reply Bonnie B. November 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I am sooo glad this book was created! Reupholstering classes are nonexistent in my area. I would reupholster the 1950’s channel back chair I bought on Craigslist for my daughter’s nursery. It has been stinking up the garage so I know it will need a total overhaul. So exciting.

  • Reply Megan November 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    A wingback chair that has been lovingly “broken-in” by our Jack Russell. It needs sprucing up!

  • Reply Lee Anne Jackson November 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I would likely find a new chair to make over for my house! I love DIY chairs.

  • Reply Cristin November 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

    An old chair and ottoman that are a bit…out dated!

  • Reply Katie November 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    What wouldn’t I reupholster is the real question! Watch garage sale settees, left behind dining chairs, dumpster dive furnishings, and forgotten & disheveled ottomans I will find you and make you FAB-U-LOUSSSS again!

  • Reply sudha November 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I would upholster my two ugly as hell wing back chairs that I have been forced to look at every single day ever since I scored a deal on craigslist, 4 years ago, hoping to upholster them one day. I had not bolstered the courage until now when I see a book that is meant just to do that…

  • Reply Sasha November 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This book could really come in handy as far as knocking stuff off my “to do” list (that the boyfriend says I’ll never get too). Would love to prove him wrong! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply kat November 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    wellll, to be honest, i don’t have anything upholstered at the moment! but figuring out to reupholster something via this book would definitely make it easier for me to find/buy a couch! it’s only been a 7 month search so far…

  • Reply Loretta November 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Hilary – What a wonderful book! Looks like a wealth of info. Thanks for the great giveaway!


  • Reply Stephanie November 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I would recover my grandpa’s Laz boy chair. It’s a horrid floral pattern, but the most comfortable thing in the world!

  • Reply Charity November 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I would reupholster my favorite blue chair — I bought it for $5 at an auction while I was in high school, and my mother’s cat got a hold of it while I was away at college. But despite deplorable claw marks, it’s definitely the most comfortable thing I’ve ever sat in!

  • Reply Mary Evelyn Smith November 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I would reupholster my Great Grandmother’s two wing back chairs. They’ve lasted forever but they’ve grown worn out and the fabric is toast. Time for an update!

  • Reply Marion November 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The chair in our music room… favorite.

  • Reply Megan S November 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’d love to reupholster the ottoman at the end of our bed! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Misty November 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I just looked at this book the other day because I need to reupholster my (gasp) mid-century sofa! I bought it second hand knowing that it would need to be reupholstered and I’ve recently decided I should tackle it myself. I remember you mentioning Spruce but when I saw the book I didn’t put two and two together…I will definitely get my hands on this book even if I don’t win it :).

  • Reply Kristin November 16, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I would fix up a chair that has been a favorite of mine for a while but has become our dogs favorite place to nap and get grungy!

  • Reply Sarah Greenman November 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks! I went to Storey publishing and entered to win!

  • Reply Bonnie B. November 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Not sure how I was put under reply. But I am # 3 1/2 b

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