I have always been inspired to take a stab at re-upholstering. I happened upon this chair recently and I had a vision. As a first re-upholstering test, I would highly recommend starting with something a little bit easier. Having said that, there is something exciting about taking on a big challenge and completing it. This chair was in dire need of a DIY intervention before it was headed to the dump. The seat foam was so entirely rotted that it weighed about 20 pounds. Disclaimer: all deconstruction was done in the garage and I highly recommend doing the same if possible.
I will not provide a tutorial on upholstering as it was my first project and the steps from a to z were by no means examples of best practice. It was a great learning experience and perhaps the next chair will be presented in more of a how to manner. I did manage to get my hands on a matching chair and I am considering making them a matching pair.
This sorry chair was completely stripped down to it’s spring all ready to get dressed for the party.
Some sanding and a fresh shiny coat of white paint were in need. Then the reconstruction of the upholstery began. I found this beautiful fabric online here . This nautilus inspired fabric was really high quality and a dream to work with. It is actually reversible which worked out quite well when I make my millions of yards of self-welting and accidentally reversed the fabric. Luck for me it added a nice touch in the end. So after several weeks of working on her now and then, she was finally feeling like Cinderella and ready for the party.
So I have finished my first re-upholstery project and can’t wait for it to get warm enough to start in on the matching chair or another one I have waiting for me in the garage.
Coming soon – I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk paint….watch out tired and shabby furniture out there my paintbrush is ready and able to re-invent you too! I have spent a lot of time pondering the whole idea of reinventing yourself lately. If you could re-invent yourself, what would you do?
Till next time. Have a great week. Linda