How to Upholster an Antique Chair

For those of you who have been IC fans for a while you remember back in September when I got this chair at a Salvation Army store for $20 for my guest room.


I refabbed her and she came out looking like this…


I wasn’t thrilled with the Heirloom White frame so I went crazy bold to this…


Some of you loved Miss Berry Pink and some of you loathed it.  Since the girly pink room which Miss Berry Pink used to reside is now occupied by a teenage boy we had to find a new home for her.  The only fit was the gameroom.  So she needed another refab.  Not that I mind 😉

I decided this was going be my “chair.”  I went to a church service at Willow Creek (awesome church in the Chicagoland area) and the pastor Bill Hybels encouraged us to find “our chair,” where we would spend time daily reading and praying.  I needed to find a spot in our home that was mine to take time out of my day for that.  This chair now sits right by a window and in the morning it is the perfect space to quiet my soul.


I used the same drop cloth fabric that I used here for the curtains.  I embroidered the “F” on the back and added black piping around all the edges. 



And if you were not sold on it yet what is not to love?


So what do you like the best refab #1, refab #2 or Kayla refab #3?

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  1. Love the final chair redo! A perfect spot for getting recharged for the day ahead! Great job!

  2. Great job!!! I love them all. But the final one is really great. I love the monogram. It's lovely!


  3. Mandy from Burkett Blessings says:

    Oh, wow! That is beautiful! GREAT JOB!! And, Kayla is precious! 🙂

  4. Leigh Anne says:

    I really do LOVE #2 & #3, can't decide which one I like best though! And Kayla is gorgeous too!

  5. AW! What a cutie pie!!!!! I like all of them. You're really getting into this reupholstery thing!! The piping looks great.

  6. Good job on the chair. Looks awesome, but then again so is everything you do! Wish I could be like you when I grow up! Keep up the good work. Kiss that little angel Kayla! She is adorable, love those little toes!

  7. 2 and 3 – fantastic! What a great shape chair, classic, but you've made it new (several times).

  8. I had quite the love for refab #2, but when you put that adorable child in refab #3….is there a question? I love that you are now using the chair for such a specific purpose! I have a "quiet-time" chair that I dearly love! It looks great!

  9. I like #3 the best. It looks comfy and classy all at once. I'm really impressed with the piping you did on it. Good job! Kayla has a great smile!

  10. I love love love…..Kayla….I mean redo #3. What a great place to meet with the Lord every morning! How fun to be able to have so many visions for one chair. They all look so different even though they are the same chair!

  11. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    They are all beautiful, but I like the last one the best. So classy!

  12. You saved the best for last. #3 is my favorite!

  13. i love the latest refab. i happen to love the color black! i was thinking of using drop cloth for my chair and the black piping adds the perfect touch! my hubby wants a red chair, maybe i can use red piping!! of course, i need to wait until my mom comes back in town since she is the one who can sew!

  14. Sonja @ Craft-Werk says:

    Another gorgeous, admirable re-fab. But I have to say that I liked the chair best in its first re-fab state… just love the fabric and the white… Nonetheless I totally admire your skills – piping and embroidering – wow!

  15. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} says:

    Looks beautiful. You are soo talented!

  16. Blog Boutique says:

    Very Classy. I love it.

  17. #2 was really fun for something whimsical… a little bright, but still fun, but I really like #3 A LOT! And Kayla… well, who wouldn't want to smooch those cheeks? She is adorable.

  18. #3 takes the cake.

  19. Michelle Hoad says:

    love, love, LOVE the chair re-do. My husband thinks I have a weird love affair with all things black and brown, so I might be biased. And I am trying to find a way to convince him that I need an embroidery machine. Any suggestions?

  20. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    I loved the pink, but this one is sooo classy and it's mgarage by far!! Love the big F!

  21. The last rehab is the best, BY FAR! It makes the chair look so much more expensive and chic! I'm so jealous of your sewing skills, I just started sewing. So impressed!

  22. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    3rd time was definitely a charm on this chair. It is fabulous.

  23. LOVE IT!!! A chair with such versatility…gotta love that!

  24. Kristine at The Painted Hive says:

    Oooh, I love this. The monogrammed 'F' really got me in as my surname starts with 'F'. This chair would be a real feature piece wherever you put it.

  25. Casual (dash) Cottage says:

    love the final outcome of your chair.

    I like the idea of having a chair of your own for quiet prayer time alone with the Lord.
    Great post!

  26. Great job! I love it.

  27. you embroider, too?

    i loved it every step of the way, but this is by far the best.

    i have a quiet time chair. i surround myself with everything i need &, unfortunately, could spend all day in it, because it's soooo comfy.

    yours looks comfy, too.

  28. Oh I love the newest edition! (The hot pink one was pretty sweet too though!) You are so creative. Love the monogram!

  29. Alison@howdoesshe says:

    #3!!! Whoo…I would have given up on it a long time before I gave it three chances! Nice Job…can you bring it to my house. I have a nice spot for it! It's stumbled BTW!

  30. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I love #3 version! But it looks like you may wind up losing that chair! : )

  31. kirstin & jordan says:

    LOVE this… I actually loved her along the way as well, but the monogram is FABULOUS. 🙂
    We have a friday fun finds party… we'd love it if you'd link to this! 🙂

  32. kirstin & jordan says:

    LOVE this… I actually loved her along the way as well, but the monogram is FABULOUS. 🙂
    We have a friday fun finds party… we'd love it if you'd link to this! 🙂

  33. kirstin & jordan says:

    LOVE this… I actually loved her along the way as well, but the monogram is FABULOUS. 🙂
    We have a friday fun finds party… we'd love it if you'd link to this! 🙂

  34. kirstin & jordan says:

    LOVE this… I actually loved her along the way as well, but the monogram is FABULOUS. 🙂
    We have a friday fun finds party… we'd love it if you'd link to this! 🙂

  35. Cara @ I Love My Sheets says:

    #2 was bold and bright but #3… my fav for sure!

  36. chair up says:

    You must be an expert at painting/covering that chair by now…no wonder you've done such a great job (practice makes perfect!) I would have to go with #3.
    I have been a bit slack with my "quiet time" lately, maybe I need a chair just like that to motivate me,lol
    You have a new follower:-)

  37. I love 1 and 2. Nothing cooler than an old chair painted and re-done bright and fun! I found a website full of them a while back, but i can't remember the name…not that I would want to buy one, but just for ideas. You did a great job on all three!!

  38. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Girl, I love them all. I would have done the arms bright turquoise myself so I totally have respect for the pink, but I love the classic end result too. A good job all the way round!

  39. Kayla and refab #3!! awesomeness!!

  40. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living says:

    What a great transformation! 3rd time is a charm, well done!

  41. #3 is stellar! I love it!!!
    Came over fro CSI-great job…(my parents had a chair just like that when I was still living at home a million years ago 🙂 Wish we still had it around after seeing yours!
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