Monday, November 4, 2013

Spruce DIY upholstery book giveaway

Let me get right to the point. I'm giving away a gorgeous DIY book courtesy of Storey Publishing that sells for $35.

Skip to the end if you are only here for free stuff.

For the rest of you, here is a peek inside of Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, a new book by Amanda Brown. Amanda, who runs Spruce Upholstery in Austin, is one of those genius people who started pairing modern fabrics with vintage furniture pieces. Her tutorials have been featured on HGTV and Design Sponge. 

Bromeliad the blog is all about reuse, and rescuing solidly made furniture and giving it a makeover is a big-ticket way to reduce waste.

This hardcover book offers gorgeous photography along with detailed step-by-step instructions. It's not just an inspiration book. It's a true do-it-yourself guide. Every step of every project is included, along with photos. 

Part of Amanda's skill is pairing modern fabrics with a vintage upholstery shape, as the examples below show.

The book makes it seem that if you've got the the equipment and space and a tiny bit of spatial intelligence,   a serious upholstery project is within your ability. I have none of those. My only big furniture project - a slipcover I did a few years ago - nearly killed me.  But Spruce did inspire me to drag out this little thrift store footstool and cover it in something fabulous and weird. Right now I'm considering cobalt blue snake.

To enter the giveaway, just be a follower and leave a comment below. Leave extra comments if you mention the giveaway on other social media.  

And don't stop there. You have seven more chances to win by visiting the following blogs: 

  • Tuesday, 11/5 How About Orange
  • Wednesday, 11/6 Our Humble Abode
  • Thursday, 11/7 Inside Storey
  • Friday, 11/8 HGTV's Design Happens
  • Monday, 11/11 Seventh House on the Left
  • Tuesday, 11/12 Making It Lovely
  • Wednesday, 11/13 Our Style Stories

Here's more info about the the Spruce book:

  • The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest on Facebook
  • The Spruce Book Trailer (Preview)
  • The Spruce Book Tour Schedule

And various social media:
Facebook: Storey Publishing, Spruce Upholstery, #SpruceBook
Twitter: @StoreyPub, @SpruceHome, #SpruceBook

Enter away!


  1. Alana HighbergerNovember 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Do it! We're obsessed with the potential for that tiny pop of cobalt! xx

  2. beautiful-objects.comNovember 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I've always wanted to try upholstery! Like you, I'm all about rescuing things and making them "new" again. Looks like a great book.

  3. You KNOW I'm not just here for the giveaway, but this book does look pretty awesome. I always love a good upholstery before and after.

  4. Robin @ Happily Home, AfterNovember 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Modern fabric + vintage furniture tops my fav style list. Learning how to upholster is on my to-do list. This book seems written for me :) The sample pages in your post have a nice clean, easy to use layout and gorgeous vignettes ... even someone lacking interest in upholstery would probably enjoy this book!

  5. gowestferalwomanNovember 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Please enter me - I have been recovering benches all of my life, and I REALLY want to move up to winged back chairs... ;)

  6. Amazing before and after pics! I love these kinds of projects they are a must! I live for this stuff..

  7. Initially here for the book give away, but will be adding your blog to my weekly read list. Thanks

  8. we are bonkers for old furniture, but could really use a guide!

  9. I would love to try this book out - and I have the perfect chair to try it on!

  10. I have been dying to try my hand at upholstery but I have no clue where to begin! This would be an AMAZING book to have!

    Newest follower!

    ♥ Duckie.

  11. I have four chairs that need to be re-upholstered. I'm intimidated and this book is my solution to do it myself!

  12. I have four ugly chairs and this book would be perfect to help me to take on these projects!

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  14. Wonderful post! Thanks for writing about Spruce. The Sprucettes are looking forward to see what you end up doing with that cobalt blue fabric! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, and follow our blog tour on social media by using #sprucebook!

  15. I have a couple chairs that I would LOVE to refresh with the help of this book!

  16. That book looks amazing. I have a bunch of ugly chairs that I'm dying to reupholster.

  17. jankyhouseprojectNovember 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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  18. I'd love to see more of the photos and read the book. Thanks

  19. The book give away brought me, but your blog will keep me coming back! :)

  20. The book give away brought me, but your blog will keep me coming back. : )

  21. Oh this looks like a great book!

    1. Hi Rai, you are random number 19 and the winner of the book!

    2. Rai, congratulations on winning! Woo-hoo! We'd love to hear what you think of the book and encourage you to write a review on Amazon:
      Samantha, thank you for writing about Spruce! Best, Clarisa