A long-lasting trend in the DIY community is furniture flipping and restoration– and it’s easy to see why! Not only is the life of the piece of furniture extended, flippers and DIY-ers get to infuse their own creativity on the project with new paint and fun fabric!
In this upcycle workshop, you’ll gain hands-on experience updating a chair – specifically, a vintage theater chair straight out of the 24th Street Theater– under the guidance of professional upcycling artists Mike Jones and Maureen Hefti. Proper prep and painting techniques will be covered, as well as re-upholstering skills for a fresh look.
What You Get
The price of the workshop includes:
- the vintage theater chair (a true piece of local history as these chairs were in the Memorial Auditorium before being moved to Sierra 2 Center)
- hands-on instruction & assistance from professional artists
- the tools needed to flip the theater chair into a one-of-a-kind work of art.
- a beautiful wood slab that we will affix your chair to so it is free-standing, secure & portable. (Chairs were originally bolted to the floors of the theater)
- light lunch and snacks provided.
By the end of class, you’ll take home a unique piece of furniture, perfect for your home, and the furniture restoration knowledge for future projects!
What You Bring
We ask that you buy and bring your own paint and fabric so that you can make your chair suit your needs and match your home’s style! Exact measurements and kind of paint will be emailed.
About the Artists
Maureen Hefti is a maker going way back. She learned to sew at age 7 and by 6th grade was making most of her clothes. She pulled her first mid-century chair out of a dumpster at age 13, and with the help her mom, a professional upholsterer, she recovered it. Maureen’s sewing interests include quilting, home decor, clothing, and light upholstery work. She attended the University of Utah School of Fine Art and currently works as a metalsmith fabricating fine jewelry at her studio in Sacramento.
Mike Jones grew up in southwest Nebraska working in his mom’s upholstery shop helping her restore and reupholster furniture and vehicles. He moved to California to teach and work with at-risk youth. Mike loves to be challenged creating an array of upcycled furniture and custom pieces of art. From small keepsake boxes to building large custom campers, he loves to help people create items that fit perfectly in their lives.
The Learnery at Sierra2
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community serves as a regional incubator of the arts, education, culture, and community activities. As the voice of the neighborhood, SCNA actively participates in preserving the heritage of and enhancing the quality of life in the Curtis Park neighborhood and throughout Sacramento by operating the Sierra 2 Center and the included Senior Activity Center.
The Learnery at the Sierra 2 Center provides a variety of quality, local learning opportunities for people of all ages! Discover a new hobby, pursue passions, foster creative talent, or become an expert on an interesting topic with our educational enrichment classes taught by area experts. Our offerings range from the arts to technology, and culinary courses to professional development.
See this workshop offered on the Sierra 2 learnery website.
UPcyclePOP is a playful multi-vendor market for artistically re-purposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, and inventions. Shop sustainably from local artists, and play with the interactive art installations. The UpcyclePOP Art Lab is an artist co-working space that hosts workshops and a place to collaborate on larger projects.
Many UpcyclePOP artists have programs that support foster youth, people with disabilities and the elderly. Your support in their art or workshops helps them extend support to these groups making our community healthier, happier and stronger.
UPcyclePOP is a project of Unleashed Productions