Reupholstering – lessons learned – and a CUTE result!

I embarked on my first real re-upholstering project with pretty small expectations. I found this chair for FREE. So – it was a good one to experiment with. I figured that no matter what – it would probably look better than it did before – and it would be great experience for me.

I’m very pleased with the results!

A few things I learned:

  • MAN – people use a lot of staples when upholstering things. My hand aches from the removal process.
  • As always – using the right tools is key. Thank goodness I found my needle nose pliers part way through.
  • I should have used some spay adhesive first on certain parts of the chair to make the fabric lay smoother.
  • Error on the side of cutting the fabric too big. Duh.
  • I like re-upholstering. But I can see why people charge a lot to do it.


Drumroll please….


Back of chair...

What do you think? It’s not perfect. But it is cute and looks nice in our little living room. whoohoo.

I’m linking up for Metamorphis Monday over at “Between Naps on the Porch”. Be sure to visit for tons of cool projects!


About Melany

I love fabric, sewing, building, DIY, learning, researching and sharing. I find inspiration from others that have pursued and found their passion doing what they love. My biggest success is my family. We are four and we are awesome. They motivate and drive me to do what I love. I want my kids to believe that anything is possible.
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7 Responses to Reupholstering – lessons learned – and a CUTE result!

  1. Kimberly Pace Becker says:

    I love it. When do you do this stuff? At 1 a.m.? When do you have time to do things like fish diarrhea out of the bathtub?

    You’re gonna hate me for this, but you know I cannot stop myself: ERROR is a noun. The verb form is ERR.

    Ducking now.

    Love you!

  2. Melany says:

    K – My kids no longer poop in the tub. I’m lucky like that. So, I have TONS of free time. And thank you for pointing out my ERROR above. 😉 Sometimes I do that just to see if you’re reading.

  3. DTX to DoC says:

    This is great. We just moved across the country and had to leave a lot of furniture behind. Now I will get some chairs at the thrift store and try this out! Budget friendly and cute.

  4. So cute! It looks so much happier now! 🙂

  5. Lynda says:

    I think you did a FABULOUS job!! ESPECIALLY considering this was your FIRST time to reupholster!! Great print. Love the studded detail and finish.

    😀 Lynda

  6. I need you to put a few in my sale!

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