Thursday, May 31, 2012

my first reupholstering project - part 2

I finished taking apart my $12 wing back chair, and here is where I was at.
The reason it took me so long to get going on this chair was because I could not find the right fabric.  I knew I wanted a pattern, but not something too feminine, and nothing was just the right fit.  Then, I was at good ol' Target one night when I found the lattice tablecloth for my office curtains, and I spotted the same print in a green tablecloth, and a blue curtain panel.  I actually debated a bit on which color to get, but finally decided on the blue.  
And, as luck would have it, I had a buy one get one 50% off coupon for Target Home Curtains! Score!  

So, I set out my old chair pieces on top of the curtains and got to cutting. Yes, Bailey and Roxy were there to "help" as always.
If you remember, in part 1 of reupholstering this chair, I wrote down the order of how I took each piece off the chair.  When I started to work on putting this back together, I worked backwards on my list.  Here is a look of the chair going back together using my trusty staple gun.
After all was said and done, it took me about 6 hours to reassemble.  I was somewhat apprehensive about starting this project, but overall, it was pretty simple.  As long as you take it one piece at a time and have patience, you can get through it and save hundreds of dollars on a beautiful chair.
I bet you're probably wondering how much this chair cost when we were finished, huh?  $12 for the chair, $30 for two curtain panels (we got $10 off with our coupon), and $3 for staples. 

$45 TOTAL!!!!

I could not have purchased a chair like this for anywhere near this price, and learning to reupholster will open so many DIY, money-saving doors!


  1. I have a wingback that I've been wanting to reupholster...only SCARED TO DEATH to start this project!! You did a fabulous job...it's amazing that this is your first!! I have the same question as the previous poster, how did you do the piping?? You didn't mention it in your tutorial.

    1. Thank you! Piping is actually quite simple, which I discovered when I took my chair apart. It's literally just a tube that you wrap fabric around and sew it in place, then you attach it to your pattern pieces. I did not know anything about piping before I ripped this chair apart, and really the best advice I can give you is to take a ton of pictures of your chair as you're taking it apart to see where each piece is and goes back to. I promise as soon as you see it apart, it will make more sense; it's just a bit difficult to explain...

      Hope this helps!

  2. Which step did you do first? Sew the piping to the front of the arm then attach that piece to the larger body of the arm?


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