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  1. Sweet Nothings says:

    this scares/intrigues me. me and sara are obsessed with watching locked up , so going to get my sofa would make me have nervous stomach.

  2. Blondie says:

    Can you believe I've never seen this film???? Kori xoxo

  3. Tammy@InStitches says:

    I would have never thought of that !

  4. Debbie says:

    We had furniture refinished at the Leavenworth prison when we lived in Kansas. They did a pretty good job and it was reasonable.

  5. Alex says:

    I had no idea about this but I Google and thank heavens Maryland has one!

    I'm so happy because I think tears came out my eyes when I saw those two pieces of furniture. They are sooooo beautiful.

    Thank you!!!

  6. Risa West says:

    i would just make my husband go with me… i picked up 2 thrift store pieces that i am going to try to redo myself. and breakfast at tiffany's is one of my all time fav's

  7. MaxxSilly says:

    The timing of this post is perfect! I just scored a free red chair on Craigslist that I was going to do. The Boston one also does silk screening and business printing.

  8. Sarah - La Jeune Marie says:

    Ditto Danielle (sweet nothings)! I would have never even thought of this, but would likely be too intimidated to try it out anyways! LOL

  9. Design Esquire says:

    It's intriguing, but it may be hard if there's a problem – do they do returns at the prison? The price may be right though to take a chance.

  10. Starfish and Sundresses says:

    What a timely post for me! I have two caned barrel chairs that I'm dying to have upholstered. The local upholstery shop quoted me an obscene price. Maybe I'll try the local prison ha! xx

  11. Kerry @ First Time Fancy says:

    Something I never thought of… great suggestion! 😉

    By the way – That last piece you posted is gorgeous!

  12. Laura@JourneyChic says:

    Have you read the book? It's quite different from the movie (at least the ending is).

    I had no idea that service existed in the Boston area. Thanks for sharing the link – I'm very intrigued! In high school I took a law class and we visited a local prison and met with inmates. I remember that I sat next to a guy who was in for maiming. Eek!

  13. the lady of the house says:

    I always love Audrey Hepburn's accessories – don't you? Marvelous. Those chairs made my head spin – Good Luck 🙂

  14. miss katie says:

    i'd do it, but apparently georgia's are only available to state agencies. i'm also pretty sure there isn't a prison nearby, although depending on the piece i may not mind! what a great resource, and great way to give people a "second chance!"

  15. OCMommyEsq says:

    My mom had some furniture refinished at a prison in Texas. The work was great and now my grandmother's bedroom set lives on in my nephew's room. She did work in the administrative part of the department of corrections at the time, so I'm not sure if it's limited to employees or open to the public…but worth it a look.

  16. Aimee says:

    I researched it in Boston about 6 months ago. I hear the rates are really good, but when you call the prison they tell you it takes 4-6 weeks just to get a quote and then there's a waiting list of about a year. If you have the time to wait you can save big money. I was worried about going to prison so I asked – in Boston you drop the piece off at an administrative building across the street, not hte actual prison. Made me feel a little better!

  17. Hamptontoes says:

    I have never heard about this, but I would definitely try it (on my own furniture first prior to a clients.) I think it's great to teach prisoners a skill/craft while they are doing time. I know the female prisoners in Bedford train dogs to be service dogs…I think it's remarkable. I even watched a documentary on tv about it once. Fascinating.

  18. ms. less is always more says:

    I just checked and it looks like the State of Michigan does not have a program like this – what a shame. I would definitely be interested!

  19. Kim says:

    I am LOL! When I first started reading this post I was convinced you planned to go to prison to LEARN how to do upholstery. I have taken upholstery classes and have recently been looking for similar classes in my new state, so I assumed you wanted to learn too. Glad you're not planning to commit a crime to get free upholstery lessons. 🙂

  20. Elizabeth says:

    this is so intriguing. i'm going to check into this….just curious.

  21. Rosie1925 says:

    Florida has the same thing! Wow! And on their furniture fixing section, their "success" picture was a beat up old coffin treadle refurnished into a beauty! They offer new manufacture of business furniture, too…cubicle furniture. Wow!

  22. LiveLikeYou says:

    Wow never thought of shopping for upholsterer in the prison yard!! I love your creative thinking!

  23. sketch42 says:

    Thats really f-ed up. Very cool though. I like that.

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