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Must be something in the air… animals on the brain! This time it’s an antique kidney shaped piano stool I found in a sorry state that I made into a shaggy sheep seat. Nicknamed the ‘Baa Stool’. Now bringing a smile to it’s new owners’ face in the Cotswolds.

And here’s the before and after!

Feeling fulfilled today. Found these two unloved footstools at the recycling centre, took them home, stripped them back, gave them some tlc and voila. From dull and duller to cowabunga in 24 hours! Less waste and more lovely for the planet. Both already off to happy new homes. Win win!

This is my first attempt at upholstery. I am sure that it wouldn’t pass the MofU’s quality control department, but I am very pleased with it. The kit was of very good quality and the online tutorial was easy to follow.
If I was planning another upholstery project I would definitely invest in a good quality staple gun. I bought mine for a smaller project and it wasn’t quite up to the job.

Georgina Alexander

Looks great, Sharon! Well done. 🙂

3 weeks ago
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2 years ago
Tracy Reed

My latest work

Jan Collier

I love the Alice chair! My daughter is mad for all things Caloo Callay! Is it your own printed fabric?

2 years ago

I recently attended a 2 day course., made a dressing stool. I would like to express my thanks to Anthony and Sue for their very professional manner and approach in teaching me, who is a complete novice, having never done anything like upholstery before. I would highly recommend anyone who has no experience or if you want to improve your basic skills to take advantage of their courses. I wish them all the best of luck for the future. Keith from Knutsford p.s. the stool is still standing!

There’s nothing we aren’t afraid to try here at the Ministry! We have had these boring brown chairs flocked in hot pink as part of the next series of Money for Nothing. Tell us what you think?

Lorraine Darker

This is my next project…

2 years ago

What an incredibly busy few weeks it’s been. As well as teaching all day every day we’ve been busy behind the scenes creating 3 bespoke pieces of furniture for BBCs Money for Nothing. This first piece is an Ercol sofa destined for landfill that we have given a new lease of life with a beautiful Christian Lacroix fabric.

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2 years ago

Love using bold striking fabrics like these

We are the UKs leading modern upholstery school. We operate from a 3,500 ft2 fully equipped workshop, nestled within a railway arch and conveniently based on the Manchester/ Salford border only a stone’s throw from Central Manchester! We are also the only stockists of Chalk Paint®, Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in Manchester. We offer an extensive range of upholstery and Annie Sloan painting courses to suit all levels of experience.

At our Manchester workshop we offer a huge range of courses, from our weekend footstool making course, which combines both upholstery and Annie Sloan techniques, to our eight week business start-up upholstery course. So whether you want to start a new hobby, tackle a one off piece of furniture to suit your home or embark upon a new career, we will definitely have a course to suit.

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