Arm Chair Makeover {Holy Crap-what did I get myself into!}

February 21, 2011 |  by  |  Before & After, Blog, DIY, Home & Decor

I was looking for ages for a nice arm chair for my living room corner. Of course, my first store to look at was Anthropologie. Their furniture is just great, unfortunately their prices too! I was not ready to pay $800 for my chair, so I turned to my second {much loved} option: Craigslist.

I found my arm chair for lovely $20 and I ordered the fabric online from Amy Butler for $9/yard I believe.

Since I had no clue, how to upholster a chair, I followed this tutorial. But first I spray painted the feet.

After many hours of de-upholstering (is that a word?), sanding, staining, sewing, stapling… my painstaking work is finally complete and this is how it looks,  gorgeous!

But me, I am totally tired, no patience left, a blue finger (I hammered on it several times), the fabric was almost not enough, which put me on the edge of having  a nervous break down, lol (what do you do, if you are missing 3 inches of fabric? You are trying to find any kind of yellow fabric in your house and end up cutting your $80 skirt apart to substitute the missing piece!).

So, what I’ve learned from this project?  Well, upholstery is deffinately not my thing, I have way too less patience for that;-)

More cool upholstery projects are here (love the flower print), and if you like burlap, this is the upholstery project for you!

Good night everyone! {PS: Tomorrow I will tell you all about our fabulous trip to the papillon en fete.}

{UPDATE: I got featured on Craftgossip as one of 6 Pretty Armchair Makeovers!}

Linked with Today’s Creative Blog & Tatertots and Jello & CSI Project

//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. This is so drop dead gorgeous! I love it!!

  2. ahhhh, I’m in love with it, though! Gorgeous choice of fabric and I adore your green walls! I just picked up a chair y’day to reupholster and now you have me nervous! I hope mine turns out half as pretty as yours! Great job!

  3. The chair turned out beautifully and I LOVE the fabric! It sounds like it was a lot of work, but hopefully now you can see it was TOTALLY worth it! You’d pay big bucks for a chair that cute. Gorgeous!

    Visiting from Today’s Creative Blog!

  4. Great job! It has me dreaming of spring.

  5. I popped over from Today’s Creative Blog. Your chair looks amazing! I LOVE the fabric. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You did a fabulous job ~ especially for your first time! I have to admit, you’re much braver than I am. The upholstry job looks great!!!

  7. I’ve put together a round up of pretty chair revamps on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here

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  8. Wow great redo- can’t believe this was your first time reupholstering. I love the bright fun fabric you choose.
    Rachelle recently blogged..Slipcovering an old Lounge Chair

  9. Oh, wow, what happy colors! I love the way it looks in front of that green wall. I need to get out of my neutral rut and put some color in my life–what a fun space!
    Ruth H. recently blogged..Tip for Entertaining Children

  10. I LOVE the fabric you chose! Looks great! Just came across your blog and I’m a new follower.

  11. That is so lovely!! I’m completely inspired!! I purchased two chairs at a goodwill store about 3 years ago for 25.00 for the pair, and my cats fell in love with them. Since Twill from the 70’s and white cat hair don’t get along, I have been dying to reupholster them, i’ve just been so scared.

    I know you said you’ve learned it wasn’t for you, but isn’t having that beautiful chair worth it?


    Thanks for sharing!

  12. How beautiful!!!! What a great job you did!

  13. I think your chair is AMAZING! I, too, love Amy Butler fabrics. You’re tired now but look what you’ve done. Since you did this once, I think if you’re inspired to do another upholstery job it will be much easier….

  14. Yes, I think you are right!:-) I need to find a new chair now;-)

  15. beautufully done and very inspiring…i have a chair to pick up today but will just redo the painting…not sure about the staple gun just yet…lol
    Brenda recently blogged..Busch Wildlife Sanctuary- Introduction to Our Facility and Our Work

  16. omg this is gorgeous!! I want to reupholster my sofa but there is no flippin way!! I was just wondering if i could get permission to feature some of your images on my site as as blog feature on you?

    Let me know ^_^
    Claire | Hearthandmade recently blogged..Work Space Inspiration | Swedish Style from Helt Enkelt

  17. Wärst du auch bereit diesen Sessel zu verkaufen? Ich bin wirklich, wirklich verliebt in ihn!!!!
    Luise recently blogged..Es ist vollbracht…


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