Monday, August 8, 2011

My Very First Time To Reupholster!!!

I did it!!! I reupholstered my first piece of furniture.  I was surprised to see that it was not as difficult as I thought it would be.  (In truth I did pick a pretty simple piece to do.)

This chair is quite famous.  At first I was hesitant to change the fabric.  This chair and ottoman will probabaly loose some of the value because I'm changing the leather.  But if I learned anything from my dresser debate, it is that I should do what makes me happy and not worry about the value.

Here is the before and after.



As you can see it is a white "leather-like" cover.  I'm not crazy about the color.  I went back to Jo-Ann's to find more only to see that they don't have any more white.  So I'm changing it to a more off white, or antique white.  Unfortunately that means I have to redo the ottoman, and worse yet, the buttons.  

I did all the buttons at once.  

It was a big pain to do all these buttons, my thumb nails almost broke.  I know, it is silly to complain about my nails breaking but they still hurt and it has been two days since I made these. Now I have to do them all over again.  Sheesh, maybe I will put on a chick flick and of it in front of the TV.  

Here's What I did to finish the ottoman, after the horror of the buttons (you will just have to figure out that one for yourself).  

I took the ottoman apart: 

Took the old leather off.

Took the old buttons off, and then added the new ones.  It was at this point that I lost it a little, because I thought my work was for nothing because I did not have an upholstery needle.  In swooped my brilliant mom. No she didn't drive over from AUSTRALIA (to New York) but she did have the foresight to buy people junk sewing kits, one of which had a upholstery neadle.  Thank the lord.  

I cut out and added the new fabric.  Used my new found upholstery needle, and I was almost done.  

Staple it all together and ...BAM...your done.  As my friendly Jo-Ann's worker said "have staple gun will travel."

Next: the rest of the chair

So what do you think? 

That is Fred and Russ, they live there.
 I will be sure to post the whole chair when I get it done (maybe by next week).

Where I party:
Confessions of a Stay At Home Mommy


  1. You did good! I like it in white. Doing covered buttons is not easy especially if your fabric has a little heft. I'm looking forward to seeing the chair.

  2. looks fab-i love that you can see a bit of the black, the perfect trim. can't wait to see the whole thing like this!

  3. You really did a good job especially for a first time....Christine

  4. Nicely done...looking forward to seeing the chair to check out that zucchini cake recipe!

  5. This was your FIRST time? Sure doesn't look like it! :) You did a FAB job!

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Linky Party (Bunny Hop)

    ~Suzanne in IL

  6. I came back to say thanks for joining the Bunny Hop party, and make sure I am following you :)

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

  7. I love the new blog design! And, you did a great job on the ottoman! Can't wait to see the chair done!! You make it look easy.

  8. Wow this looks great! I have a chair that needs to be redone, but I've been afraid to touch it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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