So, I decided to redo an old chair myself. Sure why not? I've never upholstered before (we did a DIY headboard in our last house, but that's far from being considered upholstering). But, I was positive that I could do this.
On to Used Ottawa and Kijiji to find a stellar chair to redo. I wasn't looking for anything in good shape by any means. Just something with good bones that could look like a completely different chair when I was done with it. And, I came across this...
This cane barrel chair was love at first site, I tell ya! The seller was asking $40, but I got it for $30. A complete bargain by my books. I'm sure that my husband thought I was nuts when I sent him the ad. I mean, let's be serious - the pink velvet was a huge turnoff and the brown wood was far from what we were looking for. But, I had a vision. So, off to work I went.
And here is the AFTER...
I don't have many in-progress pics, but I can give you a rundown with what I did. I first had to remove the existing seat and back of the chair. The seat was no problemo - I just unscrewed it from the frame. The back, on the other hand was stapled in, with hundreds of staples.
Once the chair was just a frame, we sanded and spray painted the chair in glossy black, and then set with a glossy clear coat.
Then it was onto the actual upholstering step. And let me tell you, there hundreds of staples that I had to remove from this chair. It took several hours and a very cramped hand, but I got it done. I was able to reuse the foam, but I didn't want the back tufted, so I just stuck batting into the holes. I used the existing fabric as a template to cut out my new fabric.
Once the fabric was cut, I just put the chair back together in the opposite way that I had taken it apart (remembering how you took it apart is key here). The back and seat were finally put back together. At this point I applied the nailhead trim for an elegant look.
So, what do you think? Have you ever bought a hideous piece of furniture and made it over to look like a million bucks?
(You'll see more of this chair in my master bedroom reveal on Wednesday.)