Here is my first big reupholstering project. We have a a very limited budget for any of our home decor and I have been dying to try reupholstering something more complicated than a diningroom chair. So when I saw this promising piece of garbage on the side of the road one day on my way home from work, it was love at first sight. I got to try my hand at upholstery without gambling much money at all in the materials.
The fabric I used was actually canvas drop cloths from the DIY store, so that I could get a ton of fabric for cheap in case I fatally ruined it. I washed it with fabric softener before I used it so its soft and smells fantastic. And the damask fabric on the arms of the chair was a little bit of cotton duck fabric from the odds & ends bin at Hobby Lobby that was in my fabric stash already, I love the look of a pretty print with a masculine utility fabric like canvas. My upholstery tacks were also from Hobby Lobby, and honestly, getting those things to hammer into where I wanted them to go was the hardest part of this project.
Mostly I just tried to figure it out as I went along and for the most part it went smoothly with just a little bit of frustration here and there. I think maybe I should have tried a chair that wasn't a recliner for my first project, but you can't be super choosy when picking up trash on the side of the road. It's not perfect but the fact that I figured it out anyway makes me feel even more accomplished.
Anyway, this is my pride and joy of the livingroom now: