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Everyone has that can't-get-rid-of-it piece: the settee that was handed down from your grandmother, or the couch you bought with your first paycheck, or an unattractive chair that just happens to be the most comfortable one you've ever owned. Whatever the case, it needs an update.

Pick out a gorgeous piece of fabric, load your questionable piece into the car and head to Recovered Interior in Avondale, where owner Kylie Egge will help you make it new again in her "Learn to Recover" upholstery class.

Limited to three students per session, the three-hour classes on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays offer a hands-on change of pace from your daily routine. The small class size means plenty of individual instruction from Egge, who asks students to email her photos of their items before signing up so she can determine whether the project is suitable for a beginner.

Four classes and $300 later, your iffy heirloom becomes your home's new showpiece--plus, you've learned a skill that will keep your sentimental treasures looking current for years to come.

Recovered Interior, 3065 N. Rockwell Ave.; 773-656-3206 or

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