Monday, April 12, 2010

An Upholstered Arm Chair

I must apologize for my way-too-long absence.  This upholstery project just about did me in.  I have a new found respect and awe for people who do real upholstery and sew real slipcovers.  Everything about his took me longer and was more difficult than I anticipated.  BUT… I’m DONE and pretty happy with the end product, so I won’t waste one more minute complaining.  :)

I started with this mauve armchair that I got from the “free” section of Craigslist…


I decided I wanted to use several different black and white fabrics to make a slip cover of sorts, but I pulled the sewn slipcover taught and stapled the fabric underneath for a more tailored look.



I made the back tufted cushion reversible between the houndstooth or the denim:
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The chair originally had a rocker/swivel mechanism on the bottom that was broken and made the chair sit cockeyed, so that came off and was replace by some modern looking wooden legs ($6 for all four at the Habitat Re-Store) which I painted black.

I’m happily taking an upholstery and sewing hiatus, and returning to the familiar world of painting/glazing/distressing, where the only fabric to be seen is stapled with my trusty staple gun and the strait pins are safely away in their cushion.  And BOY do I have some exciting pieces to move onto next!!  I picked up this great chair ($3) and end table ($4) at the GW this past Saturday, and can’t wait to jump into them!!


Let’s take another look at that “upholstery.”  (GROSS!!  What IS that?!?!)

‘Till next time,

This post linked to:
Cottage Instincts, Between Naps on the Porch, Making the World Cuter, Its So Very Cheri, The Girl Creative, The Persimmon Perch, A Soft Place To Land, Southern Hospitality, Reinvented, My House of Giggles, My Backyard Eden


  1. found you on the blog hop! great potential in those last two--can 't wait to see what you come up with! ann @ housefinally

  2. wow. it looks great! i don't have the courage to tackle a project like that. all your hard work paid off!! it's beautiful!

    looking forward to the "afters" on the chair and end table.


  3. i love the job you did here _wish i had the skills to do that, melxxx

  4. you did an amazing job, & I love the fabrics!

  5. Nice job recovering - and nice choice of fabrics. Dropping by from BNOTP.

  6. You did an amazing job! I love the fabric and I think it looks professionally done. I could NEVER do something like this. Kudos to you!

    Happy Met Monday! :-)


  7. I love how the chair turned out. I really like the fabrics you used and I love the reversable cushion! Good luck with your next project I am looking forward to seeing the results! xx

  8. Beautiful! And I know what you mean about that upholstery...I refinish furniture as well, and you run into some crazy things, right? -shaunna :)

  9. For real??? Unbelievable Ann Marie. You rock the reupholstery! Great the damask. My chairs have a twin now ;-)

  10. Very nice! you da girl. And you gotta love the 70's wood (acne speckled blotchy stuff). Hurry and paint over that, will ya?

  11. I love this chair! I'm a damask freak!!! hahaha!

  12. Love it! Great job. I am hosting a party this week-My Favorite DIY. Come join if you like.

  13. Wow, great job. I admire the fact that you tackled the project.

  14. That looks great! I love the different fabrics you used. I can understand going back to painting furniture projects; I imagine the upholstery job took some time to do. It always seems to be more of instant gratification from painting something. Visiting from Make It Yours Day.

  15. Wow...awesome chair, it came out beautifully! You are so talented! I hope you'll link it up to Frugalicious Friday!

    Finding Fabulous

  16. HI, I don't think I've been by here before. So glad you joined my party last week & wow, that's a cute chair now. I love to see furniture renovations. Great to meet you!

  17. You are so talented!!! I wish I could cover a chair like that!! It looks amazing!

    Thanks for linking up at my Tuesday Talent Show!

    Come on over again tonight for another party :)

  18. That's so funny! That's almost the EXACT mauve fabric of my chair :) And you did a damask!


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