Yippee Yi Yo Kiyah! I did it! I finished reupholstering the chair for my office. This is something I've been wanting to try my hand at for several years and finally the planets aligned and it happened! I will not sugar coat it, it wasn't what I would call ‘easy', but I will say without hesitation that it wasn't as bad as I thought and that it wasn't worth all the anxiety I had over it. There is a little sewing involved (cushions and deck) but other than that it's really a matter of cutting, fitting and stapling. I am tickled pink to show you the final product and to share some tips to successfully reupholster a chair.
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So, before I get to far down the road chatting about my reupholstered chair, let's take a quick look at where we started. And wouldn't you know it, I didn't take a full on photo of the chair before I started but this should suffice to give you a sense of what we started with.
The chair was in good shape, it just wasn't my style and definitely wasn't going to work with my new office. I found a simple beige linen that would work better with my plans.
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Before I started my project I watched this video produced by Sailrite fabrics. It's rather long, but I did watch it start to finish and then watched parts again during the process.
They do a great job explaining the step by step process. I highly recommend watching this video. They also have one for making box cushions which came in handy as well.
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I also purchased the bookSpruce by Amanda Brown. Not only is it a beautiful book to look at and be inspired by, but Amanda provides detailed photos and directions for a variety of different chair/sofa/ottoman styles.
You might not have a piece of furniture that exactly matches one of hers, but you could easily use her directions for an element of your piece of furniture…kind of a mix and match thing.
With all that said, I am not going to give you a step by step on how to reupholster a chair. That wheel has already been invented and it's working just fine. But, I will give you some of my takeaways and suggestions to increase the chance of success when you tackle your project.
My favorite part was adding the nailhead and I have a couple of suggestions about that too:
So…those are my handy hints for reupholstering a chair or a sofa. I highly recommend that Sailrite video…it was invaluable.
Let's just have one more look at that beauty, shall we:
So, with my chair DONE and the wall stencilling DONE, it's party time all the time in my office right now. By no means am I coasting here. I am busting it and will be until the final reveal. But, those were two biggies on my list. So, speaking of the ‘list', let's take a look at where we are and what still needs to be done:
I am really excited about how the room is coming together and the family may have a hard time getting me out of here once it's done. I could easily sneak a little beverage refrigerator under my counter and could last for days.
And before I leave, I have to share this photo I snapped on my phone yesterday. Terry and I had just brought the chair back in to my office. It was here less than an hour when these two cozied up on it to soak in the afternoon sun. Puddles (the cat) is not very generous with her snuggles so this was especially sweet.
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