Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Reupholstery, Part 3: Reveal

If you need to catch up with this project, click here for Part 1: Deconstruction, or here for Part 2: Rebirth.

So.

I showed you how I tore apart a ghastly pink chair with good bones. Deconstruction was a BEAST! I was sore for days, but it sure was good for some free aggression therapy. And it was probably good my husband wasn't home that weekend!

Then I showed you how I painted and antiqued the wood of the chair. I think it turned out pretty good for my first try at antique finishes! And I showed you how I used the original fabric of the chair as a pattern to cut my new fabric. And I showed you how I used my handy-dandy pneumatic staple gun to reupholster the chair with the new fabric.

So what's left to show you? Oh, YEAH! The finished chair!

Without further ado, here she blows:

Ta daaaaaa! Well, whatdoya think? I think she's purty. I'm going to call her Eloise. Why? Because it's a French chair and that's a French name and it popped into my head just now.

Here are some detail shots:



And not only is she purty, she's so comfy! She's my new permanent spot in the living room. Here she is in her new home:

My little footstool is perfect for this chair too! Yay!

So there you have it! My new (old) French chair, Eloise. And in case you didn't get enough photos, here's a before and after for ya:

Before

After


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25 comments:

Sara said...

GORGEOUS! It looks amazing, what a great job!!

Maureen said...

Wow!!! Nice job!!

Mary said...

Gorgeous!!! Love the fabric, Eloise is beautiful, off to see stage 2, I can't believe you never re-upholstered before, its so professional!

Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} said...

Love it! I'm still intimidated to try upholstering on my own, so I drive an hour away to get a cheap upholstery place to fix my finds.

Thanks for "stopping by" today. I read your bio and can't believe how much we have in common: Texas "dog moms" with a passion for whole, organic food and thrifty DIY design. I'll be following your blog for sure!

Heather said...

You did a beautiful job. You have inspired me to finish my settee, pair of chairs, pair of ottomans and maybe my sofa...! Thanks for the info on the staple gun, it will most certainly come in handy!

SweetAmbs said...

I love it! You swear this was your first upholstery project? It is super kick a. I love the fabric you picked out.

I also live in hot balls Texas and I just bought a bunsh of junk to re-do some things and I am uber nervous to start in this weather.

Marti said...

That is a totally gorgeous chair now! You did a great job. Lindsey on Better After said you learned to upholstery by reading a few books. Care to share which books? I've got a couple of chairs I want to reupholster, but prying back a seam and seeing some odd looking clips scared me off. Or, better yet, I'm in hot as he** Texas too, I could bring them to you!

Joy said...

Hi Marti!

I think I mentioned the book in my first post about the chair, but it's just the Singer Upholstery Basics Plus book that I grabbed at Barnes & Noble. Other than that, I read a few blogs and just got after it! Good luck with your chairs!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Great Transformation!!!
That was a big project for your
1st time. Nicely done.
(stopping by from B/A)

Melinda said...

Hi...I come by way of Better After. Absolutely love the redo!
PS: I am a new follower :-)

HeatherAMarie said...

amazing!! it looks so wonderful afterward!

Nancy said...

Beautiful job!! And I love the fabric you chose. I just "pinned" this on Pinterest so I'd remember where to find it when the time comes. I bet your hubby likes the transformation. My hubby will be out of town this weekend. Hmmm...

Camille said...

First off I love this! But second I have been trying to find more of this fabric!! I think. Is it premiere prints? I bought 1 yard and then decided on a project for it which requires 3 or more yards. When I went back it was gone. Ive googles everywhere. Where did you find it?!? Please tell me it was a website :)

Joy said...

@Camille--yes, it's Premier Prints and I got it on fabric.com. I think it's still there!

vikki said...

So did your hubby fall over in a dead faint when he saw it? Looks fantastic, makes me want to drag in a chair and start working on it.

For the Love of a Cottage said...

The chair is lovely. I really need something like this to brighten up my dark brown leather sectional in my living room. Excellent work!!

Centsational Girl said...

Wow Joy, fantastic! Good for you taking this one and what a beautiful result! Bravo girl, be very proud!
xo
Kate

Joy said...

@Vikki--yes, hubs was pretty impressed by the finished chair. I think he'll believe me next time I tell him I can make something lovely out of something he thinks is ghastly...which obviously means I need to buy more ugly-but-with-good-bones furniture!

Thanks, all, for your wonderful comments!

Sophie from Grins and Sighs said...

Wow! I've started the deconstruction phase for one of my chairs but was feeling daunted. Seeing what you've achieved I feel ready tackle my little project! Doesn't seem half as complicated as Eloise.

Well done!

D said...

Looks great! You are giving me inspiration to finally get around to trying to do it myself.

You never mentioned how much fabric you used. Please share!

Prissyville said...

Fabulous job! Makes me want to tackle a few of my chairs that need to be reupholstered!

Tres Chere said...

So pretty! You did a fabulous job! Love it!

Kaye said...

LOVE this chair too!!! I'm enjoying your blog all the way around. I'll definitely be back to read through your archives!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!

The DIY Show Off said...

She's beautiful! I love her fabric and the foot stool is the perfect accessory! Great job!

Ranger 911 said...

you did a beautiful job on the chair! I love the fabric you chose!

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