Furniture

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If you’re working at your desk, a comfortable home office chair is key. Here’s how to get the best support for your spine. Your chair’s height and back rest should both be adjustable. The seat should be high enough so your feet are flat on the floor. Sixteen to twenty-one inches works for most people. Armrests close to the body help your shoulders relax. You’ll need at least two inches between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees. Remember, a cloth-covered seat breathes better, and keeps you cooler than a hard surface.

Supplies
  • High Quality Desk Chair (See Guidelines)
The Back Story

Join Fix It and Finish It designer Nicki Huggins, as she shows us the art and beauty of vintage American outdoor furniture.

Nicki Huggins is a furniture and interior designer who has appeared on HGTV and House Beautiful for A&E. An avid historian of vintage American outdoor furniture, Nicki created the company RetroPatio in 1998 to restore modern American spring steel chairs and glider sets. Nicki now designs and manufactures both outdoor and indoor chairs based on her collection of American furniture gems from the Thirties and Forties. Nicki Huggins will debut The RetroPatio Collection in Fall 2014. All Nicki Huggins furniture is Made in the USA.

Nicki began taping “Fix It and Finish It,” a daily syndicated home renovation show with Antonio Sabato Jr. in the spring. In the series, Nicki is a featured designer who will remodel homes, outdoor spaces, trailers, cabins, etc. in 15 American cities.

An early adapter of green technology, Nicki Huggins installed the first domestic wind turbine in Los Angeles in 2008.

Previously, Nicki Huggins was a television producer who produced scripted and unscripted shows, including children’s programming and Sit-Coms for Sony International.

Also a master marketer, Nicki produced the ground-breaking marketing campaign for the Oprah Winfrey hosted television special "Scared Silent" which addressed child abuse in America. 55 million Americans watched Scared Silent making it the most successful documentary in American television history. Hundreds of thousands of victims and perpetrators called a toll-free number and were referred to health care professionals in their area. The Scared Silent campaign received an EFFIE marketing award from the American Marketing Association.

Nicki has appeared in Renovation Style magazine, Coastal Living magazine, De Morgen magazine (Belgium), Met Home, Florida Travel and Life, Southern Lady, Culture and Leisure, Southern Breeze and Portico.

Nicki has a degree in Art, specializing in photography and a degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. She has also studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), UCLA, and The Entertainment Academy.

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Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

Instructions

Do you want a fresh idea for your kitchen chairs that won’t cost you a fortune? Here it is. Collect a group of different style wooden chairs that are about the same size. You can find them at garage sales or thrift shops. First you want to clean the chair, then you want to sand your rough spots. Always use two coats of spray paint to cover your chair. Now, you can tie them all together with matching seat cushions. I like the way this looks, what do you think? Using mismatched, freshly painted chairs is an easy way to express your own personal style in the kitchen. 

Supplies
  • Chairs
  • Soapy Water and Rag
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Paint
  • Cushions
Instructions

Does your favorite chair have a noticeable scratch? Here’s a simple spot repair trick so you won’t have to refinish the entire piece of furniture. You can get furniture-retouching sticks at your local hardware store in several different wood colors.  They’re made of wax, so you just run the stick firmly along the scratch filling it with color. Carefully remove any extra wax with the edge of a credit card. Let the wax harden then buff off with a soft polishing cloth. Good as new. For a super quick fix, look in your children’s room for a brown marker and give that a try.

Supplies
  • Furniture Retouching Sticks
  • Credit Card
  • Polishing Cloth
  • Brown Marker
Instructions

Love the look of crystal clear glass tables, inside and outside your home? Here's the best way to clean and protect them. First, remove anything heavy that could crack or break a glass tabletop. Always place objects on your table gently. Never toss anything onto a glass table, because it could easily chip. Use coasters under drinks or food, especially anything very hot or cold. Clean your glass often, to get rid of fingerprints, dust, and smudges. Use window spray, or water and vinegar for a streak free surface.

Supplies
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Rags
  • Coasters
The Back Story

Love the look of crystal clear glass tables, inside and outside your home? Here's the best way to clean and protect them. First, remove anything heavy that could crack or break a glass tabletop. Always place objects on your table gently. Never toss anything onto a glass table, because it could easily chip. Use coasters under drinks or food, especially anything very hot or cold. Clean your glass often, to get rid of fingerprints, dust, and smudges. Use window spray, or water and vinegar for a streak free surface. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

Instructions

It’s easy to take your style outside by transforming your patio or deck into an outdoor dining room. A simple card table and chairs can be used to create a traditional look. Dress your al fresco dining table with lighting and a pop of color. Keep your outdoor room private with a fence or a screen. And don’t forget to add a natural soundtrack to your outdoor space. A water feature creates soothing sounds that will help you and your guest relax. 

Supplies
  • Card Table
  • Table Cloth
  • Chairs
  • Candles
  • Fountain
Instructions

Leather furniture looks great, but it can be hard to maintain. Try this: Vacuum thoroughly and be careful not to scratch the leather. Mix a few drops of mild-faced soap with a quart of distilled water until suds form. Dip a soft cloth in the water and ring it out. Test a small hidden area first, then work one section at a time. Dip another cloth in clean distilled water and wipe away the soapy residue. Dry the leather completely, then buff.  Now you’re ready for leather conditioning. 

Supplies
  • Dust Buster
  • Mild Face Soap and Distilled Water
  • Soft Cloths
Instructions

Here’s how you can give your dining room chairs a five minute face lift. All you need is enough fabric to cover each seat cushion, scissors and a staple gun. Don’t forget extra staples. You don’t even need to change the padding on your chair. Remove the entire seat and put it upside down on your fabric. Stretch the material to smooth out any wrinkles and staple it all around. Trim off any extra, and set the seat back in place.  There you have it. A fresh stylish look for your dining room chairs in minutes.

Supplies
  • Staple Gun, Scissors
  • Fabric
The Back Story

Leather furniture looks great, but it can be hard to maintain. Try this: Vacuum thoroughly and be careful not to scratch the leather. Mix a few drops of mild-faced soap with a quart of distilled water until suds form. Dip a soft cloth in the water and ring it out. Test a small hidden area first, then work one section at a time. Dip another cloth in clean distilled water and wipe away the soapy residue. Dry the leather completely, then buff.  Now you’re ready for leather conditioning. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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