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Friday Link Party:: Best In Show

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Well, happy, happy Monday morning to you!  I hope you had a fantastic and relaxing weekend!

Last night, I started working on the tutorial for reupholstering the wingback chair.

wingback chairs before and after

Phew!  It’s gonna be a doozy!!  I had high hopes that I’d be done by this morning, but after a couple of hours weeding through and editing photos, and then realizing that I wasn’t even halfway through the photos, I decided that that was an unreasonable goal.  Maybe I’ll have it for you tomorrow, but I’m certainly not making any promises this time!!

So I decided to put that aside for the time being and look through the projects that were linked up on Friday’s link party.  I’m always so thrilled to see everyone’s creativity (and I’m trying to get better about commenting!!), but one project literally made me gasp.  I couldn’t stop looking at it, and mulling over all of the details…and the possibilities for my own similar project.  Can you guess which one it was?

It was this MASSIVE butterfly from Lucy Design!!!

giant butterfly 1

She said the butterfly measures a whopping 4 feet wide!!  WOW!  Talk about a statement piece…AND a conversation piece.  And of course I love that the body is made of a staircase spindle.

giant butterfly 2

I love the look of spindles.  Remember my spindle candlesticks?  And the fancy chalkboard I made with spindles?  Yeah.  I love them.

But look at all of this other stuff she added…

giant butterfly 3

It’s a whole mixed bag of textural goodness…keys, hinges, picture frame moulding, washers, wood pieces and smaller spindly bits.

I love it.  I simply love it…everything from the details, to the size, to the brushed metallic finish.  I think my absolute favorite part just might be what she used for the eyes.  So creative!!

Head over to Lucy Design for more info if you’d like to make your own…or if you’re just curious about the details.


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    Jeri patton
    July 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    You did an absolutely gorgeous job on the chairs!! I love your pic too, you're adorable!!

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    Katie @
    July 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, my — I want that inside my house!!

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    Kelly Freye
    July 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I am looking forward to your tutorial of re-upholstering the wing back chairs…my neighbor is giving me 2 🙂

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    July 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thought you'd like to see the before and after upholstery job on my 50's dining room chairs. Found some great fabric at valli & kim in Dripping Springs, TX ( – and a talented friend did the upholstery. The fabric is some kind of laminated poplin.

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    July 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I know wasnt that butterfly amazing,, I love "Lucy" (dont everybody) .. she is very talented.  The eyes were also my favorite thing. 

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    A Creative Spirit
    July 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    That is SOOOOOOO intricate on that butterfly. WOW is all I can say.

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    Lucy Designs
    July 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    How exciting! thank you so much!

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    Stacy Haugen
    July 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I <3 that butterfly!  I don't have the time or talent to do such a project…too bad I never find stuff like that in stores in my area! 

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    July 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    This is just amazing! I headed right over to her blog and told her so!

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    HLM Interior Design
    July 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I think you did a great job reupholstering the two
    chairs. I think people should reupholster more furniture than simply buy brand
    new furniture. Plus often times it is less expensive to get a chair or sofa
    reupholstered than buy new,

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    That fabric looks amazing on your vintage chair!!!  I almost used that fabric (in the non-laminated version) as the inspiration for my office redesign, but decided to go in a different way.  🙂  Needless to say, I love it!

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    July 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    never seen such designs , i want them in my house , really great work 

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    printed lanyards
    July 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

    i just loved your blog and also the blogs you are linking to are just worth read. loved all your craft works. simple awesome.