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. Anonymous9:47 AM

    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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