Wax On....with LIBERON!

Liberon Black Bison Neutral Wax - $32.00 per 500ml  can (16.91 oz.)

Liberon Black Bison Neutral Wax - $32.00 per 500ml  can (16.91 oz.)

I could not be more excited to announce we are now distributors for Liberon Black Bison Wax! We stock the NEUTRAL color paste wax.  If you've used this wax before you'll be happy to know you have a central location to purchase from! If you are new to Black Bison, well, you're in for a treat! I've used this wax for years and LOVE IT! I have wanted to carry it in my store for a very long time now.  It's a beautiful finish for raw wood, stained wood, and best of all van Gogh Fossil Paints! I haven't even told you the best part- but before I do, here's a description straight from the Liberon website- www.liberon.co.uk


Purpose
Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax is ideal for nourishing and protecting all types of wood, including lacquers and French polishes. Black Bison is well known for its quality and distinctive, pleasant smell. It is traditionally used on antiques but is also suitable for use on modern furniture and will enhance the natural beauty of wood whilst protecting it against dryness.
Performance
- Gives good resistance to finger and water marks
- Ideal for small surfaces
- Feeds, polishes and helps prevent wood drying out
- Highly lustrous and hard wearing
- Helps cover marks and scratches
- EN71 Part 3 Approved – Safe for toys
- Endorsed by the Guild of Master Craftsmen
- Silicone Free
- Usage : Interior     
How to use
Preparation
Remove old waxes and dirt with Liberon Wax and Polish Remover if necessary. 

Application 
Apply Black Bison Fine Paste Wax sparingly with a cloth on a delicate / French polished surface or with ultra fine steel wool (Liberon grade 0000) when a deeper penetration is required. Allow to dry for 20 minutes, or until touch dry, and then buff with a clean cotton cloth or furniture brush. Repeat the operation on new or very dry wood as it may require two or more coats. For a better finish buff with a Liberon Furniture Brush once the last coat has dried. 

Important
Always test product on a spare surface or inconspicuous area for colour, compatibility and end result. 

Cleaning and maintenance
Wipe over with a cloth or duster and re-wax as required when the surface looks dull and tired. Do not wash with water.     
Coverage
500 ml = 5-6 m²
Finish
Antique Pine, Clear, Dark Oak, Georgian Mahogany, Golden Pine, Maple, Medium Mahogany, Medium Oak, Neutral, Stripped Pine, Tudor Oak, Teak, Victorian Mahogany, Walnut, Yew.

RECIPES

So now, back to the best part of this wax- you can color it yourself to create Liming Wax and Dark Wax! There's no need to buy several cans of wax with a few simple recipes.

For DARK WAX:

Mix a heaping tablespoon of LBBW with a teaspoon of your favorite wood stain.  (Water based stains will not really work) I use Minwax stains.  To get the popular dark wax color- use Minwax Dark Walnut.  You can add more or less stain to get the level of antiquing you want.  Other colors to consider- Weathered Gray, Ebony and Java

For LIMING WAX:

Mix a heaping tablespoon of LBBW with a cream or white chalk based paint.  I use van Gogh Cashmere if I am going over darker colors.  It's a softer creamier white.  a teaspoon of Van Gogh Halo or Chalk for lighter colors.  

HOW TO APPLY

I use a stiff bristled brush with just a small amount of wax on the tips to apply LBBW.  I use circular motions.  If I am doing a chair frame I can wax the whole chair and wait a few monutes for it to harden and then buff with a papertowel- yup just a papertowel.  The cheap stiff ones work best too.  If you want a more shinier finish you can use 0000 steel wool.  

If you follow Metamorphose Studios Facebook page, I will be offering free demos on using Black Bison and creating wax recipes!

Getting Our Showroom Ready to OPEN!

Hello and Greetings from our new downtown location! We are so excited to be in our new home nestled in the heart of the Eado on Leeland.  Our new neighborhood sits just east of downtown and has been newly revitalized and is the home to several great spots you will want to visit! More on those later...

Lots of exciting things going on at Metamorphose and we want you to come check out the new showroom opening soon! This week has been dedicated to sprucing up and getting pieces showroom ready.  We have some beautiful pieces available for sale for our website and social media friends. Stop in this coming week of Sept 12-17 to have a sneak peek and take a look at our Pre-Opening Preview Sale!

 

Antique Bergere Flamingo Chairs- $3,200.00

Antique Bergere Flamingo Chairs- $3,200.00

Grey Peacock Cut Velvet Mid Century Chair and Ottoman with Linen Back and Burlap Trim- $785 for the set

Grey Peacock Cut Velvet Mid Century Chair and Ottoman with Linen Back and Burlap Trim- $785 for the set

Vintage Bergere Chairs and Ottomans- $2,500.00 These can be customized with Embroidered Monograms on the Pillows! The finish trim is also available to be customized as well with nailheads or without.  The cushion covers are washable with Sunbrella fabric and the body is covered with a vintage inspired velvet.

Vintage Bergere Chairs and Ottomans- $2,500.00

These can be customized with Embroidered Monograms on the Pillows! The finish trim is also available to be customized as well with nailheads or without.  The cushion covers are washable with Sunbrella fabric and the body is covered with a vintage inspired velvet.

Stop in to visit us while we are rearranging and moving furniture and see what were up to! We are here from 10-6pm Tuesday- Friday.  

We also offer furniture refinishing, painting, and reupholstering services- call, email, or text 713-855-3954 or jennifer@metamorphosestudios.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Fabric Sources in Houston

The second most asked question I am faced with daily is "Where to find fabric?" Students are required to bring fabric for Chairapy, Lynne's Bench Class, the Ottoman Class, and the upcoming Upholstered Bulletin Board Class.

I also allow COM (Upholstery terminology for Customers Own Material) for custom upholstered or built projects, so my clients want to know where to buy.  Some have never shopped for fabric before and some are seasoned pros. You can expect to pay upwards of $20 a yard or more of a good quality upholstery fabric.

I'll share my fave Houston shops for upholstery fabric-

Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabric have a good selection and you can use a coupon to boot! These are popular sources for students because everyone lives close to one OR they pass by one everyday.  Along with bolts of fabric ready to buy, Joann's also has racks of samples you can peruse to have yardage custom ordered as well.  To find your local Joann Fabric, just  visit www.joann.com and click on store locator.  For Hobby Lobby visit www.hobbylobby.com and click at the top on store finder.  Usually you can go online and download or print a coupon.  Both places will occasionally feature a 50% off coupon! How perfect is that!?

Interior Fabrics is one of my favorites to send folks who have never shopped upholstery fabric. Their stores are arranged by color and coordinating fabrics. You can also visit their online store and order fabric to be shipped.  The two Houston locations are-

Interior Fabrics North Houston -

6705 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, Tx 77069  Phone: (281) 444-1707
www.fabricresource.com

Interior Fabrics on Fondren-

3104 Fondren Road
Houston, Tx 77063  Phone: 713-789-9259
www.fabricresource.com

www.fabricresource.com

www.fabricresource.com

www.fabricresource.com

www.fabricresource.com

Hancocks is another favorite- they too will have the occasional 50% off coupon and will also have coupons for additional amounts off!  Click here for store finder -www.hancockfabric.com

Fabric Decor is tucked away in the heart of Harwin located in the east side of Houston close to the Galleria~ family owned , the atmosphere is very friendly and warm. The address is-  7250 Harwin Dr. Ste. G,  Houston, TX 77036  Visit their website for specials and info - www.efabricdecor.com

HIGH FASHION HOME- I saved my favorite for last- my hubby, Mr. Metamorphose calls it my porn store! It's located at 3100 Travis Downtown Houston.  It's no coincidence my new shop is but 2 miles away from them. A little too close as far as Mr. is concerned! They have all the latest in design trends and colors. I think one of my favorite things about the store that I love is the furniture and decor vignettes. They publish a magazine with beautiful pictures and all the pics are of vignettes left displayed at the store.  Now, I know they've had some complaints about customer service in past, but Lisa the new store manager has remedied the issue. The gals at any of the desks located around the store will be more than happy to assist you in selecting your upholstery fabric. Several gals have attended one of my classes in the past, so let them know you're taking an upholstery class from me and they'll guide you in the right direction.  Reserve yourself several hours- you'll be there for a while!  You'll find yourself wanting to look at everything! Also, leave them some love and awesome feedback on FB and Yelp  www.highfashionhome.com 

www.highfashionhome.com

www.highfashionhome.com

www.highfashionhome.com

www.highfashionhome.com

There are also about a bazillion online sites to buy fabric.  The only issue with ordering online is you are not sure what the actual color is going to be due to computer screen variances.  If you have time- order a sample first.  All you need to do is just google 'upholstery fabric' and you could surf til the cows come home!

There you have it- If you can't find any fabric at any of the locations or online, then we just can't be friends! LOL!

Have fun shopping my friends!
 

Ciao Y'all!

Jenny

Preparing Yourself for CHAIRAPY Class

The most frequently asked questions about my Chairapy Class is "What type of chair do I bring?" and "Where can I source upholstery fabric?"  In this post we'll focus on chair styles to bring that are acceptable for the class.  I'll also note the fabric selected for each chair.  In the next blog post I'll focus on were to buy fabric.

YOUR CHAIR-

To demonstrate best, I will borrow a few images from Pinterest as well as showcase chairs from previous classes.  I will also address some other frequently asked questions about the class.  I want you to be prepared and get excited!

Chairs with an upholstered seat and back are perfect.  Chairs with arms that are completely covered with fabric inside and outside are too advanced for the class.  Wing backs and club chairs are NOT allowed in class! Those type of chairs are perfect for a private class.  We can discuss private classes after you have completed a Chairapy Class.  Now, I know, I know- those of you who have done some upholstery insist on bringing a more advanced chair and you'll work fast and get it done in the time allotted and it's the only one you can find or it's the only one your interested in doing. What has happened in past classes where I allowed a more advanced chair is the other paying students don't receive the same attention as the advanced chair.  SO, quite simply- it just can't be allowed.  This is where the cliche break-up line comes into play "It's not you, it's me!" I can only work so fast with a room full of students and 4-6 chairs at one time.  After each class is completed I feel like I've run a marathon!  My two days off afterward is well deserved. I LOVE teaching upholstery and hope to do it for as long as my body will allow- but whew! It can take a lot outta ya! You'll find that there are many steps to complete and layers to be constructed before the final fabric is applied.  

I hope these pics inspire you to go find that perfect chair and fabric. GO BOLD! Occasional chairs can treated much like your soft furnishings as far as adding splashes of color to a room.  

modernhouseinsight.com

The graphic blue chair above from modernhouseinsight.com is a wonderful mix of old and new.

Rustic, Frenchy, and Country more your style? Take some inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed and her grain sack chairs. I adore Marion and her style! Her personality and character is expressed through her pieces and decor taste! 

Country and coastal anyone?  This is a perfect mix of styles- French chairs and the beach. Don't they go great together?  The OCU (Obsessive Compulsive Upholsterer) in me is at peace with the perfect application of double welt around the edges and the nice shaped front corners.  Ahh!  Photo from completelycoastal.com

Brooke Ulrich from allthingsthrifty.com did a fabulous job of reupholstering this found chair in a graphic print that's fun and colorful.

I absolutely love the finish and fabric combo from this chair featured on Paloma81.com.  A pearly cream finish paired with a cream and black striped fabric- to die for! So simple, but so elegant and fashion forward. 

Speaking of black and white striped fabric- how about these whimsical chairs featuring comic characters from furniture maker muebles-arevalo? I could do a set of these around my dining table.

Then there's the always timeless classic look of Restoration Hardware.  Worn wood finish with a linen fabric and nailheads added make for a warm rustic feel- kinda like how meat and potatoes would look if you could put it to a design style!

But....if you're like me- you like meat and potatoes okay, but give me exotic, spicy, colorful food.  I LOVE the fabric on this chair! It's Designers Guild Amrapali in Peony. This definitely screams- "GO BOLD! Or go HOME!"

Lizzy completed this chair in a previous Chairapy Class.  She used my signature van Gogh Fossil Paint custom color Moth with a silver pearl glaze on the frame and paired it with a nice chenille warm gold and grey toned modern graphic print.  The buttons were added to accentuate the fabric pattern and added a small touch but it makes a hug impact.  Another perfect combo of old meets new! 

 

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Elaine completed this chair in another previous Chairapy Class.  She chose a gorgeous French script linen fabric and burlap braided trim to update her chair.  Her frame was painted in MOTH (It's a popular color- you'll see!)  If you want to add nailheads to your chair I will go over a few techniques and tips I've learned to help you keep the heads straight and achieve a professional look.

I hope this article helped with your chair selection.  As you can see some have the small amount of padding on the arms- that is perfectly okay to bring to class.  It's fully upholstered arms that are a little more advanced.  My goal is to teach you the main techniques and skills used for most upholstery and start with basic chairs.  Dedication and practicing the basics will get you well on your way to becoming a great upholsterer in no time!  I certainly don't you to be overwhelmed and become discouraged.  

Happy HUNTING and SHOPPING! 

Ciao Ya'll!

Jenny