It Started On a Summer Saturday….

If you’re ever tempted to reupholster your own furniture, look no further than this example. See the dilapidated love-seat bench below? This is what our customer found when he decided to reupholster his own decades-old settee for a “Saturday project” this summer. Unfortunately, he discovered a chair bottom that needed all new springs, padding and alignment. In a moment of sheer genius, he decided to bring it to us. The gorgeous ancient mahogany wood was solid, so all he needed was an experienced upholstery shop to rebuild the inner workings for a fraction of the cost of a new piece.

This worn love-seat bench needs rebuilding
Before: Dilapidated Love-Seat Bench

Gold fabric brings out the light-catching qualities in this rebuilt settee

At It’s Bout Time Upholstery, we’re a little too popular to churn out a rebuilt piece on a single Saturday, but within a couple weeks, he had an understated (and comfortable!) seat that brings out the lighter golden hues that used to hide in the wood. If you’re faced with a similar problem, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to provide an estimate, and help you get your home back in order, one piece at a time.

Out Of The [Tie] Box

When an old client came in with a sly look in her eye, we knew we were in for something special. The worn side chair in her arms needed a new cushion, some updated fabric, and a coat of paint. But somehow, we knew she had something extra in mind.

She wanted the perfect conversation piece that would do much more than function as a seat for putting shoes on in her Bellevue home’s master walk-in closet. She loved our idea. “Bring in some of your husband’s old ties and we’ll construct the design from them!” A fresh coat of white paint, a little bit of math, and a secure weaving process later, the chair was updated to perfection. Right out of the [tie] box!

full tie weave side chair close up tie weave side chair

Have a creative idea that you’re just not confident enough to try on your own? Don’t hesitate to talk to us about it! We love tackling fun, adventurous projects in addition to time-tested, classic upholstery jobs. Contact us to learn more about our out-of-the-box solutions today.

The Peacock Roams the House

Have you ever visited a tropical resort that boasts “wild” peacocks roaming the grounds? Even Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle has been known to let them wander on occasion. There really is something memorable about walking around a corner and finding yourself face-to-face with a fantastically adorned marvel of nature.

We like to think that this chair achieves the same effect in the Issaquah home we designed it for.

wicker reupholstered chair

The wood and wicker is quickly updated with a shiny purple lacquer that we slathered on generously. And the vibrant peacock-patterned fabric is positioned perfectly around the seat cushion and finished off with a matching braided welt. It really is the perfect perch.

A Crash Course in Coordination (No More Matchy-Matchies)

First of all: We fell in LOVE with this upholstery fabric! We’d upholster it onto just about anything. So when a new client came in and picked this-very-fabric, we knew it was a match made in heaven. Okay, to be specific, it wasn’t a match exactly. It was a coordination. Our client had a couple of un-matched dining chairs that she wanted to bring into parity in the same way many Eastsiders (and national magazines) are setting their tables with mismatched china and tableware. We love the look. It shows a talent for coordinating colors, textures and items that goes way beyond purchasing an entire matched set at Thomasville (although there are times for that).

coordinating armchair and sidechair

As always, It’s Bout Time Upholstery went over and above: we added a beautiful double welt velour trim on the armchair and centered the textile pattern perfectly, even with differing seat dimensions. See you later matchy-matchies; we’ve got some coordinating to do!

The Art of Whimsy

When we talk about the Art of Upholstery, we typically refer to the fine artistic elements of layout, texture and color. Upholstery is an art of detail. Each line, flourish, dot and flower must lay out straight; every ounce of batting must align as well as provide comfort…. What we don’t usually think of when we speak of the Art of Upholstery is the ability to use our wildest creative genius to concoct creative, whimsical works of art.

We think this is the case because, well, many people wouldn’t necessarily pair the four fabrics below and place them on a single overstuffed chair. But boy, it was fun to do! We loved the opportunity to challenge our day-to-day norms and come up with a true piece of furniture art that pleased our customer to no end.

And that’s the thing. When you choose to have your furniture professionally reupholstered, the sky is your limit. Whether you want classic or cooky, It’s Bout Time can upholster your furniture exactly the way you choose. And no matter how much whimsy you want, you can rest assured that all of the details will align for a superior quality product every time.

Multi-fabric overstuffed chair

Leave the Perfection to Us

Dining chairs are a common DIY project these days. And if the creativity strikes you, you should do it. We applaud your gumption! But if you or your spouse are looking for perfection, you may want to leave it to the professionals.

Look at the workmanship in these straight-backed dining chairs. See how the starbursts are exquisitely matched to the walnut wood detailing? See how each piece of fabric is perfectly centered, and the curve of the cushion is aligned and inviting? Now look closer. Your It’s Bout Time upholsterers double piped the chair backs and cushions, creating more interest and adding additional value to the pieces.

When you want your upholstery job done with intricate precision and care, call It’s Bout Time Upholstery. We’ll make sure your custom furniture or upholstery projects are absolutely perfect. We’ve been upholstering chairs for over three decades and, while we have no formal psychology training, we’re pretty sure that a trip to our store could save you (and your perfectionist spouse) a few trips to the marriage counselor!

Green upholstered dining chairs Green dining chairs fabric closeup

The Wing Chair Goes Organic

When it comes to updating your home decor, no task is as eco-friendly as reupholstering a well-loved piece of furniture. Except, perhaps, reupholstering it with 100% organic, sustainable fabrics! Here at It’s Bout Time Upholstery, we are proud to offer green, eco-friendly fabric lines from the world-renowned brands you trust. Kravet Green, Duralee Eco-Friendly, Pindler Green, and Robert Allen Naturals are only some of the environmentally aware  fabric lines we utilize.

This classic wing chair with its shiny wood legs came to us for an organic update. It’s headed to a cozy room with a nautical motif, so we tied in the theme with subdued red piping. Toss on a fabulous throw pillow, and relax knowing you’ve done your part to both create a beautiful living environment and sustain a healthier world.

Reupholstered Organic Wing Chair
Reupholstered organic wing chair

Four “Chairs” for Spring Time!

Spring time sunlight brings with it a new awareness of dust, clutter and… faded upholstery. On the next sunny day, draw up your blinds and take a good look around your living room, entryway and dining room. Upholstered chairs and sofas in these highly visible entertaining areas are often victims of sun exposure that leaves their colors muted and uneven. If your furniture could use a little spring cleaning, take a hint from the upcoming season and visit us to browse through our cheery collection of fabrics in springtime hues.

This season, all colors bright, airy and bold are in! And at It’s Bout Time Upholstery, we’re finishing up the first of our spring redecorating projects. Here are a few examples of what spring can mean in your home. Whether its bold and modern (like the snake-patterned armless chair in teal), a delicate classic (like the breezy white floral below), a study in contrasts (like the ultra-modern zebra print on a traditional armchair body), or a flouncy, fun floral (like the blue lacquered poppy armchair), let It’s Bout Time take your home spaces from drab to dynamite this spring!

… And if your chairs are weathering too quickly, may we suggest some new custom-made window treatments!?

Modern armless upholstered chairAiry floral patterned chair







Zebra print upholstered armchairfloral signature arm chair

**Visit the site again on April 12th, as we announce our springtime sale!!

It’s Bout Time Featured in Magazine Cover Article

425 Magazine January/February 2011 Cover

That’s right! Check out the January/February issue of “425 Magazine,” and you’ll see our handiwork right in the cover article.

425 Magazine January/February 2011 Cover
425 Magazine January/February 2011 Cover

“Her Haven,” a look into the colorful Medina home of clothing designer, Nancy Cirillo, is a prime example of just how much some new upholstery can do for a home. Designer Nichole Jacobson took the expansive residence from ‘grand traditional’ to ‘glam sophisticate’ overnight with splashes of bright color, bold patterns, and luscious textures.

Nichole worked with It’s Bout Time Upholstery to turn a classic side chair into the hot pink focus piece featured on two of the article’s images. This is what Jacobson had to say about the process (p. 28): “One of the more fun transformations was lacquering a French side chair hot pink and reupholstering it in a beautifully soft, textured velvet of the same color. I then added a touch of nailhead on the armrests for some bling!”

425 Magazine January February 2011 Pink Chair Closeup
425 Magazine January February 2011 Pink Chair Closeup

We loved working with Nichole because she shares our enthusiasm for bling and our history of turning tried-and-true furniture pieces into unforgettable show stoppers.

If you are undergoing a remodel or renovation (whether you’re utilizing a designer or not), you owe yourself a visit to It’s Bout Time Upholstery. We can help you finish your look with fabrics and patterns that complement the space and express your own unique style.  At It’s Bout Time, we provide the creativity and craftsmanship that will help you turn your home into your very own “haven.”

Come visit our showroom today!

Create the Perfect Complement with New Upholstery

Our client already owned an arsenal of complementary furniture for her family room, but when it came time to remodel, she knew she needed a new color pallet to accentuate the room’s inviting but airy feel. We helped by creating a color board of cool green florals and adding coordinating throw pillows and piping. See the smart green sitting chairs we upholstered to complete the look, below.

A cozy overstuffed loveseat
A cozy overstuffed loveseat

These fine marbled sitting chairs needed a color makeover when their owner reupholstered her complementary couch and loveseat as part of her family room remodel. We helped her choose calming patterns and earthy shades of green to add depth to the room without adding too much visual noise. Notice the cozy velour piping around the cushion edges. Our talented upholsterers never cease to amaze us with their creativity and attention to detail!

Coordinating green sitting chairs
Coordinating green sitting chairs