Just a heads up. This is not a tutorial post. Not a real one anyway. The reason? Upholstery is HARD. And its different every time you do it, and you have to learn and adapt the entire time.
So this is simply a look at my awesome chair post.
Remember what it looked like just a few short days ago?
I found it at a consignment store and talked them down to $20.00.
I taped off all the edges of the wood so that I could paint
It got a coat of Krylon’s Classic Gray. I mean you can never go wrong with gray, right?
I used white duck cloth as my fabric. It’s a really thick canvas that I love SOOO much. You can buy it at Joanns. I think its $10.99 /yd so you will for sure want to use a coupon.
I used 4 yards on a chair this size.
I started by attaching it to the backside of the chair. I did not take the original fabric off the back and so I didn’t have a template for it. So I just put my huge piece of fabric on and started stapling… then I trimmed off all the excess
The back cushion was a little harder.
I took the old fabric off and used it as a pattern to cut the shapes and seamed the together.
The key to a professional looking upholstery job is to pull the fabric TIGHT. As tight as you can.
Same for the cute little arm cushions. TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT!
I found the coral fabric for the piping in the clearance seciton at Joanns too. I used the backside as the front because the front had this sparkly iridescent crap all over it. It was not awesome…
I used my hot glue gun to attach it and I cant believe how much it used! This chair took 12 yards of cording. Seriously. So my advice is to take the amount you would think and double it and add 2 yards. Cause it used a crapload.
Then as I was cutting out the cushion tragedy struck. I am normally pretty careful when I use my rotary cutter, because duck cloth is pretty thick and my blade was pretty dull (can you tell where this story is going?…)I was having a rough time cutting through the fabric and was pushing really hard and cut a HUGE chunck off of my pointer finger. Like a freakin CHUNK. It was disgusting to see it stuck to the blade. And it bled like a freaker. So there may or may not be some small blood drops on this particualr chair that I couldn’t get off. (If you have a great tip let me know!!)
You can see these other projects from my Master Bedroom. The sweet wall stencil, the coral mirrored dresser and the compass painted sisal rug, the table was first introduced in the 10 secrets from a Thrifting Goddess post and the awesome lamp had a Dr. 90210 experience.
Also I entered a contest with the always amazing True Value and I could use your good vibes to win! (Its also the reason that I signed up for Facebook) It is for $2,500 and I already have a houseful of projects to spend it on. Plus hello, its True Value, like the official hardware store of awesome bloggers and the DIY Bog Squad!
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