Reupholstering wood chairs such as a shield back, Queen Anne, Chippendale or Bentwood (to name a few) is a terrific way to revitalize a tired look with new fabric.
Labour Cost: To reupholster the seat, $100-$300, depending on the trimming and other details
Fabric Needed: about 3 yards (metres and yards are roughly equivalent; 1 metre = 1.0936133 yards)
Good To Know: Don’t be afraid to ask to have the backrests upholstered if you wish to lessen the look of exposed wood, whether you prefer the softer look or simply need the added comfort.
Labour Cost: approximately $600
Fabric Needed: about 18 yards
Labour Cost: approximately $500
Fabric Needed: about 14 yards
Labour Cost: approximately $400
Fabric Needed: about 17 yards
Labour Cost: Ranges from $700 to $1000 depending size, details, and storage options. Tufting, for example, is not an easy task, so if you want a dimpled look, be prepared to spend a little extra.
There’s something special about personalizing your bed with a custom headboard. You can bring an idea or a favourite shape to an upholsterer and see what you can come up with together. To gauge the cost to construct and upholster a headboard for a double bed, $600-$700 is what you can budget for, plus approximately 3 yards of fabric.
If you wish to slipcover a sofa, loveseat or chair, the labor costs are similar to reupholstering; $600, $500 and $400 respectively.
Good To Know: Better to be safe than sorry about the yardage required so plan to budget for a half to a full yard of extra fabric.
Repairing and/or refinishing a damaged wooden piece of furniture gives it another chance at life.
Labour Cost: For a chair to be refinished you would be looking at approximately $150-$250 and an occasional or side table, $175-$300.
Good To Know: The more hardware, paneling, drawers and further details, the more your piece will cost to refinish.
Dressing your windows is a little bit like dressing yourself. There are infinite options to choose from with respect to pattern, detailing and how best to compliment the overall space.
Labour Cost: The cost of sewing drapery panels is generally $100 per width, and a width of a yard of fabric is typically 54”. Depending on how full or how minimal you would like the drapes to fall will depend on how many yards you will require. For a beautiful leading edge detail, whether it is done in a ribbon or a fabric, you can expect to spend approximately $50 per section. And as for roman shades, they are generally $10-$15 per square foot. For a typical 3’x5’ bedroom window, you are looking at $150 or so, plus fabric.
Good To Know: Don’t forget to budget for your hardware: rods, finials and brackets, or tracks, which can range from $100-$300 (or more), depending on length and metal.
Instill new life into a solid, good-quality piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint for ultimate impact.
Labour Cost: If your kitchen cabinets can be unscrewed, you can send them to be sprayed for approximately $35-$45 per door, depending on paneling details. The paint is extra, and you should keep some for yourself to brush the frames of the cabinets. The even, professional spray of paint solidifies a superior look that will last you a very long time.
As for other hard goods; you may wish to paint your old nightstands, side tables, bookshelves or even dining room tables. A nightstand or side table costs roughly $125-$150, whereas a dining table $300-$600 depending on size and condition. The more your sprayer has to sand and prime the more costly it will be. A bookcase and/or china cabinet is slightly more starting at $350-$550.
Glass and Mirror
If you are considering having glass cut to a preferable size for a custom mirror or tabletop, there are a few things to consider. The thickness of the glass (commonly measured in millimeters), glass type (i.e. tempered, sandblasted, mirror, tinted, etc.) and the overall size of the piece.
Labour Cost: A basic 6′ tall mirror, without frame, will cost approximately $100-$200. A smaller bathroom or decorative mirror (about 3′ by 3′) will cost approximately $60-$80. For tabletops, the thicker the glass the more expensive it is. For example, a glass cut to be 3′ by 3′ and ½” thick is roughly $250-$300.
Good To Know: If you want to strengthen the glass or mirror, you can have it tempered, but prepare to spend approximately 20% more, as it is a much more involving process.
Rewiring a Lamp
An electrician is the best reference for all your rewiring needs. When trying to figure out why a lamp is no longer functioning, understand that it may not be the wiring, but rather the socket or plug. If you’ve determined that the wiring is old or damaged, than it is best to rewire the whole lamp cord. The investment is certainly worth it, especially if you love your old lamp, and because it is a safety precaution. The cost of having a lamp rewired falls between $75-$100, depending on the type of cord and damage.