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Help for Your Forlorn Furnishings

A one-woman furniture-revival shop specializes in bringing new life to faded vintage classics.

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Where do you go when you spill wine on your white Ligne Roset sofa? Or when you tire of the faded velvet on your grandmother’s bergère? Straight to Colleen White, who moved her furniture upholstery and restoration shop, Timber and Cloth, from Brooklyn to Denver in 2017. White tackles everything from wood refinishing and reconstruction to full custom builds (she also sells furnishings and accessories via her Etsy shop @TimberandCloth), but her specialty is transforming vintage designer furniture. “Danish and midcentury [designs] are the big draws for me,” White says. “I saw a lot of them in Brooklyn, so I got pretty good at them.” That said, her portfolio spans the style spectrum, from a French Provincial settee—which she gutted, re-sprung, sanded, painted, and then upholstered in a mauve silk velvet—to custom ottomans wrapped in colorful Hmong textiles. White’s work, which is time- and labor-intensive, can exceed the cost of a new piece—an armchair with a seat cushion might run between $550 and $800—“so don’t look into an upholstery project if your sole motivation is to save money,” she says. “But if you have a piece you love, then I recommend reupholstery. You’d be surprised by how good your piece can look and feel with a little TLC.”

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