Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I've been wanting a Wing Back chair for a long time!
  I saw this beauty at a yard sale and picked it up for a mere $30!

It was in pretty good shape and matched the room fairly well, but I wanted to test out my Re-upholstery skills that I picked up from blog land.  
They make it look so easy and fun to take an old piece of furniture and make it new an gorgeous.
I have to admit that it was NOT as easy as I thought it would be, but it was fun...in the end.

I have a few tips I'm going to share in case you ever decide to re-cover your furniture. 
The first thing you need to do is collect the right tools.

I used a staple gun, pliers, and a hammer.  The Legos, baggy of Fruity Dinobites, and mini-football helmet are optional (but necessary if you have a 3 year old assistant)

You will also need plenty of fabric.  This project took almost 6 yards because I wanted to match up the pattern...I'm a little OCD like that. 
I also used some thick poly-batting to freshen up the foam.
The most important tool, in de-construction, was a flat head screw driver.

Be prepared to make a huge mess.  I pulled out 10,000 staples I swear!  

Try to pay attention to the order that you take things apart.  That is the way you will have to put it all back together.  I took a marker and marked each piece as I took it off so that I would know where to put it back.

Tearing it apart was MUCH harder than I thought.  I ended up gouging chunks out of my thumb a couple of times.  So, I guess that Band-aids are another necessary tool too!

It took me about a day and a half  from start to finish, but I am very happy with how it turned out!
Not to shabby for $60-ish!

I had to add a little nail head trim to the sides because they wouldn't lay as flat as I wanted them to.
I think it looks pretty cool though.

Here are the before and after pictures.

 Now, back to work on school clothes and stuff.  I have been working on Appliquéing some shirts for my Macy using Izzy & Ivy's Abbie Appliqué pattern.  Hopefully I'll be able to show them off later this week.

Have you done any furniture makeovers?  I'd love to see how they turned out!  


Shasta said...

Wow! That looks really good Lola :o)

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Hey It's Di said...

Nope I haven't and thus the reason for the chair being at the yard sale;) Want some couches and stuff? That chair looks HOT now!!

Melanie said...

where is the blog site that taught you to reupholster? It looks professional!

Blakely said...

Looks great!!

It's A Wonderful said...

You're a brave, brave woman! The chair looks lovely.

I am cleaning my sewing room...it seems I lost my mojo somewhere in here and it's screaming for me to rescue it.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a wonderful chair! and a wonderful job. I'm impressed.