In an effort to save money on our first renovation project, we decided to give upholstery a go. After finding a gorgeous remnant of material and bartering down the price to $10, husband and I armed ourselves with a staple gun and a suite we’d bought off eBay for $100. And away we went. I pulled the material tight, folding a hem into it as I did, while husband wielded his mighty gun. We spent the entire weekend banging away and were left with a cool suite, that once I sanded and re-waxed the arms and legs looked hot. They were the perfect pieces of house-dressing furniture, and more than paid for themselves when I managed to sell them for $500. Score!