Wednesday, October 19, 2011

She's so high class!

I found her at a yard sale well over a year ago and have been putting off her transformation until I had the guts go forward.  I have never reupholstered before and I had to research the process right?... (for a year and a half? says my DH)  My husband moved this chair to 3 different houses in the last year and this last time he was ready to drop them off at a thrift store!  No!!!!  
So now I am finally giving this chair love and attention that she needs.  She was in perfect condition aside from the dated mauve velvet...  on for her new look....

Just a warning that this is my first upholstery project, and while she is not perfect I think we'll keep her. 
First I removed the black cover fabric, and then removed the seat... then removed the million staples.

Next I removed the staples and fabric from the back of the seat and removed the old cushions and fabric. Then I spray painted the frame using Rustoleum's Satin Nickel Metallic Paint.

 Next I replaced the cushion and cut out the same shape using new foam.  No diamond tufting for me...Hey! this is my first upholstery job, cut me some slack!! :)

Then I stapled that fabric and then the foam to the back of the frame

Followed by stapling around the frame and trimming the fabric.

Next I took my trusty nailheads and started tacking them into the frame. 

I found these on ebay and they were so cheap!!  1000 nailheads for around $18 after shipping.  I am still planning the many projects ahead.  The only interesting part was the packaging.  The Hefty OneZip is the packaging I received them in... But I'm not complaining they have been a great investment!

In some places the nailheads couldn't reach the back of the frame, I later glued these in using my gluegun.  

Finally, Sorry in my bad blogger style I forgot to take pictures of the new seat cover and applied piping for the edge.

And here she is all finished...Beware... lots of pics...

And here she attempt at staging...

All done and many more projects to go!  Stay tuned!

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  1. So you didn't want to have a go at re-doing the tufted back?!! What?!!!!Why ever not?!!
    Kidding, kidding!!!!!!!!!
    This looks so awesome!!! And very professional too! I've just done my first big upholster that involved me and a sewing machine and I gotta say, the end result is worth the effort!
    Yours too!! Big thumbs up!

  2. Thanks! No tufting for me, maybe next time...

  3. WOW! you did an awesome job! that is stunning- the fabric is GORGEOUS and how bout that glamorous finish! awesome job!

  4. sooooo amazing!! you totally just inspired me to tackle my chairs in the garage!! :)
    Im your newest follower!

  5. excuse me? ur first upholstery job! OMG! This is gorgeous! love it! great job!

  6. This looks great! Love it! I'm so impressed :)


  7. I think you did a FABULOUS JOB! It's beautiful. You should be very proud! Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed. Hope you will stop by too!

  8. Wow, you did an amazing job for a first time! It looks great!

  9. WOW!! And you tackled PIPING too!? Your transformation is FABULOUS.'re a new hero...and I'm a new follower!

    Deborah (visiting happily from you can stop by and say hi...)

  10. She turned out great, Britt! I'll bet hubby doesn't complain about her now! : ) Love your fabric selection and the use of the nail heads. I don't blame you for not attempting the tufting ~ I would have skipped that myself!

    Swinging by from the Fall into Fall linky!

  11. Fantastic job on the reupholstry!! I haven't done any but the most basic of jobs. I'm impressed with your talent and the hutzpah it took to tackle this project. (I probably spelled "hutzpah" wrong. I'm a new follower.

  12. You did a fabulous job on the upholstry and the choice of paint and fabric are perfect. I would be delighted for you to join Potpourri Friday (in progress)!

  13. AAAAmazing! You did a beautiful job! How did you get the staples in that groove? I just bought a great chair for $10...similar to the one you have..painted it all purdy...attempted the stapling...big sigh here - I couldn't figure out how to get the staples in the groove. Any tips? Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love this!!! I haven't tried this kind of upholstery yet. This makes it seem not so scary.


  16. Beautiful!!
    What a great makeover!
    I love the colour and the fabiric is so pretty.
    And this is your fist time?
    I'm impressed!

    Now I'm your new follower.
    Please come visit me too...

  17. This chair came out gorgeous. I am going to feature it tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please drop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Also, I am your latest follower. :)

  18. It's beautiful!! Stunning fabric and a wonderful job - never would have guessed it was your first upholstery job. Well done!

  19. I have this chairs sister!!! Love it, great job!!

  20. Thank you for all of the nice comments ladies!! This was a fun project, I am happy it turned out well!

  21. Great job! I love the fabric. It's classic but yet still so fresh.

  22. absolutely gorgeous...great fabric proud!!...going back to follow...come on over for a visit...Mariaelena...nice to meet you!

  23. that looks great. the nail head trim is fabulous. I'd love it if you linked this up to my party!

  24. Wow that's amazing. I attempted a chair reupholstery once and gave up in disgust... and that chair was much more simple than yours! You have given me the courage to try again. :)

    I'm a new follower and I can't wait to see what other projects you have!

  25. HOLY reupholstery makeover!

    This turned out FAB.U.LOUS!

    I have this exact chair in dated 70's psychadelic print, and this has inspired me to give her some love!

    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my first ever Feature Friday Free-for-All (we already have over 200 links and still growing! Sooo exciting! : ))

    ...going on right now!:

    P.S. I'm your newest subscriber : )

    ~Abbie (

  26. Stunning makeover! I love the fabric you chose and you def can't tell that it's your first time. I have a couple such projects in my garage now, and I keeping putting them off...but I know that the day is coming where I'll have to give it a try. eek! Thanks for sharing the beautiful results! I'm a new follower, and am looking forward to more fabolous-ness to come!

  27. I LOVE everything about this chair. It is lovely!!

  28. wow, Great Job for the first timer. You probably know by now that you can buy a roll of decorative nail which you only need to put every 5th nail head.
    Can't wait to see more of your upholstery creation.(smile)

    Julie x


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