Reupholstery Week Part 5

Here’s the big reveal you have been waiting for all week!!!!

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Let’s look at some before pictures to be reminded of where she came from, shall we?IMG_4325IMG_4326IMG_4328IMG_4329New fabric, spray painted frame, no skirt… IMG_1561IMG_1565IMG_1569IMG_1566 IMG_1567 IMG_1568 What do you think?  Oh my word….LOVES…Triple heart LOVESLOVES! LOVES! LOVES!

Ok here is the questions I promised I would answer.

1.  How long did it take you?

It took us 8 hours for the first chair and 3 1/2 for the second chair.  Keep in mind there were two of us, one who has done this before.  You definitely need two people to do the tufting.  One person has to line the buttons up and feed it through the fabric while the other person pulls the strings and staples it off.

2.  How much did it cost?

Fabric: 11 yards at $7 yard from (Color: Traditions Black Natural)= $77 plus shipping $16 = $93

Chairs: $75 for both from a yard sale

Buttons: $5.20

Waxed Upholstery Thread to tie buttons: $2

Spray Paint $3.50

Cording: $6 (with plenty leftover)

Zippers: $4

Curve Ease: $1.50

Thread: $3

TOTAL: $194 or about $100 a chair

Which is a great price considering…

Chelsea Wing Back Chair from Williams Sonoma Home for $1250.

WSchelsea.jgp or Pier 1 Imports Sigourney Wing Chair from Pier 1 for $449.98

Pier1Sigorney I think I got a good deal :-)

3.  Is it hard to do?

No once you get the basics down it is not hard.  My advice is if you find a chair in dire straits for free or cheap then what do you have to lose?  Just go for it. You do have to know how to sew.  Do not tackle this if you don’t know a thing about sewing unless you have a friend who can tackle the cushions for you.  Just make sure you take everything off and then put it back together in the opposite order.

4.  Would you tackle it by yourself?

I am already looking for my next project.  I may start with something a tad easier but we will see.  I have the confidence now to try it on my own.  But I would need another set of hands for the tufting and buttons.

5.  Where did you purchase everything?


Spray Paint: Menards

Buttons, Thread, Zippers, Cording — Joann Fabrics

Curve Ease — an upholstery shop but you can get it online doing a search as well.

6.  Are you aware that the fabric on the table in between your chairs doesn’t work well with the fabric on the chairs?

Yes, thankyouverymuch.  I’s gots plans, dontcha worry.

7.  How did you know how much fabric to buy? has a great resource right here.  I had 6 inches of fabric left over.  Phew!  Just enough. 

8.  Is it not necessary to change out the padding and stuffing in a chair? 

It is up to you.  Obviously if it is worn and gross…then change it.  The lady told me that these chairs sat in a sun room and that is why they got sun damaged but no one ever sat in them.  When we opened it up we could attest to that.  So it was not necessary to replace the cushions, padding or stuffing.


Well thank you for joining Amy this I this week.  Click over to her place and become a follower, you don’t want to miss this girl’s creativity.  If you are interested in more reupholstery tutorials she will be doing another reupholstery week with you in a week or so on her blog.  IMG_4367

  • Christine

    simply amazing!

  • TheThingAboutDaisies

    Wow, just wow! They look absolutely beautiful! I love the fabric choice. Man, such a great "after", I can't get over it!

  • Cheri

    Spectacular job! I don't know if I could tackle something like that, but then it doesn't surprise me at all that YOU did it. Now does your mom have something that needs some tender loving care now that she is closer to you?

  • cindygert

    These are Beautiful!! You both did a great job. Thanks for sharing. I have a chair that I have been wanting to reupholster for 6 years now. I just might try it. Another great fabric source is

  • tinahead81

    fan-freakin'-tastic!! LOVE them!! great job!

  • Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    I'm having serious chair envy right now. :) Your chairs have more personality than the other, more expensive ones that you showed on top of their thrifty price tag!! Fabulous job!

  • Amy

    Woohoo! That was so much fun!! Thanks so much for opening your home to me and letting me work on your great chairs! I'm starting my next project as soon as I can peel myself away from blogworld! – – a made from scratch upholstered headboard :)

  • Meg

    That is AMAZING. I'm blown away! It looks so complicated and it came together BEAUTIFULLY! Great, great job!

  • Mama Byrd

    SHUT UP!!!! LURVE!!!

  • Destination Seaborn

    Wowzer! This is unbelievable! You girls did a wonderful job and tutorial. Thanks for sharing this! The Q & A was very helpful. I can't wait to get started on my project! Lisa

  • Angie

    You guys did a beautiful job! They are gorgeous!

  • Quilting in My Pyjamas

    Utterly Freakin' Gorgeous Ladies.

    I am insanely jealous. One of those chairs would look so good at my computer desk.

  • Vivienne

    Fantastic job! I was walking with my Hubs this morning and there was a tufted, curved chair, similar to yours out. on. the. curb.

    I couldn't take it though. Hubs saw me looking at it with a gleam in my eye and your blog on my mind… "Don't even think about it."
    I bet he wouldn't have said that if I didn't have so many half finished projects around the house.

    Your chairs are PHENOMENAL.

  • Lisa B

    You got a smokin deal reupholstering them!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!! Can't wait to try to them out with the cushion on!! ;)

  • Miss Mustard Seed

    Oh my goodness! Those look so great. I have got to read my upholstery books again. I have a French chair frame in my basement that's been staring me down…

  • Pam @ Design Fanatic

    They went from drab to FAB!!! And very cool!

  • Frugal Home Design

    Those are truly amazing. Great job.

  • KayC.

    I have two chairs that I need to recover. I just have to get the courage up to try it. I love how your chairs turned out! I know my chairs would look so much better…courage, that is all I need plus the perfect fabric ;-)

  • Sallie

    do you plan to do any step by step pictures…? I have always felt like I could do this..if I saw someone else show me how! I went to her blog, but she doesn't have a tutorial that I saw…? maybe i looked the wrong place.
    YOur chairs are incredible!!

  • Sarah

    Your chairs turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I'm making plans to try my hand at this, once I wipe the drool off my chin! ;>
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  • Teri

    I recently bought some black and taupe fabric similar to yours for my wing chair! It's a reversable fabric and I am going to try that out. Your chairs have got me jazzed to get started.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    (Clapping hands!) They both look fabulous!

  • Michelle Hoad

    Gor. Geous. I am now inspired to buy the ugliest chair I can and totally transform it into a spectacular beauty. If I fail miserably, at least it will be good blog fodder.

  • Tina

    Those chairs look absolutely amazing! They are just what I envisioned in my own home except black was the background color and white was the pattern. Maybe someday I'll find my own set of chairs and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Thimbleanna

    Wow Beckie! You guys did an amazing job — Congratulations!!!

  • Mom Taxi Julie

    Love them! (but I think you need a solid color on that table, don't smack me ;o))

  • Anonymous

    Hello. My wife and I bought our house about 6 months ago. It was a foreclosure and we were able to get a great deal on it. We also took advantage of the 8K tax credit so that definitely helped. We did an extensive remodeling job and now I want to refinance to cut the term to a 20 or 15 year loan. Does anyone know any good sites for mortgage information? Thanks!


  • rachel

    i cannot even tell you how covetous i am right now!!!! those chairs are to die for awesome. wow. great job.

    one question… which fabric did you use? madison or traditions?
    i love their damask choices.

    (rachahansen at msn dot com)

  • Mom in High Heels

    Unbelievable! Those look beautiful.

  • Lisa Roberds


  • Crafty Girls Workshop

    That is awesome! What a great transformation! THanks for sharing.


  • Stacey @ The Blessed Nest

    Came over from Nesting Place. I love the chairs! Such pretty fabric, and the lines on the chairs are lovely. Great job!

  • Atelier de Charo

    It's a great revamp!!! So pretty.

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    I. Love. These. Chairs! You did a fabulous job! Guess who bought the Sigourney chair at Pier 1 last night. Me, that's right! I would never have the patience to do what you did here. The Sigourney chair is saying adios at Pier 1 so I had to get it now and even with my designer discount it was still $317.00. I acutally have a post drafted and scheduled for this afternoon about it.

    You should be very pleased with yourself because I think yours look even better than the Pier 1 and Williams Sonoma chairs.

  • randee

    beckie – those are the most gorgeous chairs i have ever seen!

    i'm getting closer & closer to having the nerve to start tackling my roadkill chairs. just looking for a few extra days to do it in!

  • Kristin Kneupper

    Loves them! Freaking amazingness!!!!!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Okay, I'll fly out & paint airplane murals & you fly back & reupholster, well, anything in my house!
    Unbelievably cool! I love your Q&A's too. While I admire what you did, it also tells me I'll just stick to painting, thank you very much! My sewing days are long gone.
    Although I might try and find a seamstress who can't paint and likes to barter!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Okay, I'll fly out & paint airplane murals & you fly back & reupholster, well, anything in my house!
    Unbelievably cool! I love your Q&A's too. While I admire what you did, it also tells me I'll just stick to painting, thank you very much! My sewing days are long gone.
    Although I might try and find a seamstress who can't paint and likes to barter!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Okay, I'll fly out & paint airplane murals & you fly back & reupholster, well, anything in my house!
    Unbelievably cool! I love your Q&A's too. While I admire what you did, it also tells me I'll just stick to painting, thank you very much! My sewing days are long gone.
    Although I might try and find a seamstress who can't paint and likes to barter!

  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Okay, I'll fly out & paint airplane murals & you fly back & reupholster, well, anything in my house!
    Unbelievably cool! I love your Q&A's too. While I admire what you did, it also tells me I'll just stick to painting, thank you very much! My sewing days are long gone.
    Although I might try and find a seamstress who can't paint and likes to barter!

  • glamourpuss


  • Blog Boutique

    Oh my gorgeous! I didn't realize you did two of them! Honestly, the ones you did LOOK BETTER than the Pier One and wherever you said that other look-a-like was from. Very nice how you are tying in the black, blue, and red. Just a thought.. what about some sort of fun bolster pillow in a red (like the curtains) to put on those chairs?

  • Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    Becky, those are just fabulous!! Go girl, I'm seriously impressed with you doing those yourself. I saw a chair at the antique mall for $15 which would be a good candidate, but I have NO MORE ROOM! Wahhhh.

  • paisley penguin

    Great job – love the fabric! I have been wanting to reupholster a recliner wing chair and now I think I can do it!

  • Mandy

    They are gorg!! I love it!! I'm so encouraged to give it a try for myself! That exact fabric would look incredible in our master b'room!! :)

  • ChocolateAddict

    wow – how awesome!

  • Screaming Meme

    I think you did great! They are gorgeous! :) I want to personally invite you to visit my blog…Screaming Meme…Hope to see you soon! Meme

  • Larissa

    Are you kidding me???? How awesome are those chairs. Great job!I have been wanting to learn to do that FOREVER.

    It has given me a little inspiration and courage to tackle a chair I have that is way less complicated.

    Oh I am not going to lie I would love to find someone who could walk me through in person!!!

    BUT I think your tutorial might get me started!

  • Cami

    Thanks for sharing this! I really could have used it 2 years ago when I recoverd my sofa. It doesn't look nearly as nice as your chairs, but it works. After I finished the sofa, I thought I have checked that project off my list of things I want to accomplish and will prorbably never do it again, but after seeing your chairs I might try again on another project. Thanks again!

  • Hepworths

    OMG I LOVE this! You are super talented!!!

    Allison @

  • Richella

    Wowie Kazowie. That's about all I can say. . . otherwise I'm pretty much speechless.

    Congratulations on your gorgeous new chairs!

  • Bonnie @ House of Grace

    great job!!! i am your newest follower!


  • Nicole@CraftySisters-nc

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • Sara

    AMAZING!!! what's so crazy is that i have a wing back chair i was given and am half way through redoing with the SAME exact fabric!!! I am stuck though. just found your blog and looking forward to reading and getting some advice and inspiration!!!

  • The DIY Show Off

    Gorgeous! Fantastic job. So inspiring. I'll be looking at upholstered chairs differently!


  • Candace@craftysisters-nc

    Impressive! You should be proud. Upholstering is a workout! I swear I'm sore and sweating like a pig when I'm stapling the fabric on! And the fingers….so raw!

    Good choice of fabric! Beautiful!

  • Eryn

    Love, Love, LOVE it. LOVE. IT.

  • Dixie Sargent Redmond

    I'm an artist, and so are you! Beautiful transformation.

  • SpecificallyRandom

    They are absolutely beautiful! Kudos to you for seeing the potential in what previously looked outdated and – well – ugly!

  • Dixie Sargent Redmond
  • Erica

    The chairs look fabulous! Great job.

  • Christine Edwards

    Love these chairs! I would totally buy them. ;-) The fabric is perfect for my office space. I see a thrift store visit coming on.

  • Shannon

    those look amazing beck!

  • Amber

    Wow! These turned out phenomenal! I never would have known that you reupholstered them yourself if you hadn't told me. Impressive! And lovely. I adore the bold black and white print.

  • Sonia

    wow! i bought a cool vintage chair about a year ago with hopes of reupholstering. Well, i've chickened out…but seeing your posts…makes me want to tackle it! thanks for posting this. Gonna save it for my future project!

  • [email protected]

    The chairs look great and I was thinking this morning about putting chairs on either side of the window in my living room. Which of course I can't afford so I was going to do something like this. I know you posted this a while back, but today is the day I needed to see it!

  • Rhiannon

    love love love them! and theres two! im dying!
    did you take photos of during or have a step by step tutorial? Im tackling a reupolstry job soon

  • Michelle Marsh

    Wow, you did such a fabulous job! I really love the research you did, and then chose your fabric. I had to laugh out loud at your response to the question regarding your fabric on your table not working with the fabric on your chairs. That was brilliant! Thanks for sharing and maybe on the next project you could show photos for us scardy cats who are too chicken to try this on our own.

  • Marcie

    Low and Behold this was just what I needed to encourage me to re do some chairs I found on Craigs List. You did an amazing job and I am having a total chair crush right now.

  • Kayerwin

    Those are FANTASTIC!!!

  • Gingercake

    HI! Great job. Just read all your posts to get me motivated! I have a chair fabric and I am going to try ripping int it today! thank you so much for the instructions

  • Lisa

    Oh! Emm! Gee!
    Your chairs are by far superior to WSH and P1!
    I've got my eye on a pair of chairs on craigslist and can't wait to snap them up and get started!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the inspiration!

    Lisa Sartwell

  • Michelle @ Sweet Something Design

    Great job! Pat yourselves on the back! Really amazing!

  • Stef

    Love the damask! The chairs are really quite striking! Nice job!

  • Ruth H.

    Love that damask print, Beckie. It's so dramatic!

  • lori c

    OOOOMG these chairs make me ho#$y!! Lurrrrrve them!! Do tell, though, what is ‘curve ease’?? And, would a good quality dental floss work for the tufting as well?