Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Chair--Before and After

Please let me say right up front that I'm almost too embarrassed to even post this do-over, considering the condition of the 'before' chair and the fact that's it's been in that state in my bedroom for a year and a half or more! I brought it home from my mom's house when she died, and it's been on my 'I'll do that any time now' list ever since. As you can see, it was last upholstered circa 1969--by my grandma.

Unlike me, Grandma actually knew what she was doing, but as the chair has a nice solid maple frame and appealing shape, I thought it might be rescued one more time. I don't really know how old it is, but this is at least the third go-round on upholstery.

I bought the fabric (greener than it looks) some time last year, and it's been in the project pile ever since. This is the most complicated upholstered piece I have attempted, and I eliminated some of the fussier details in order to give the chair an update--and simplify.

It went well and I certainly learned a lot, thanks to my library books--now maybe I'll tackle one of the other 'befores' around here!


  1. ~W~O~W~!!! It looks amazing!! What an amazing makeover!!

    And hey, I have sat in that chair, and it is one of the more comfortable ones out there -- especially for "shorter" folks like me! :o) Definitely worth salvaging, especially with your gorgeous results!

  2. Nicely done! It looks brand new again. I love that feeling. I did a wingback chair at one time and it took a lot longer than I thought it would. It's been several years and I'm still not ready to tackle another one yet.

  3. Oh wow! What an amazing transformation!!

  4. The chair looks FABULOUS! I can't wait to see it in real life.


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