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Topic: Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22  (Read 3327 times)
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« on: September 29, 2013 03:55:25 PM »

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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:

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2013 04:40:47 PM »

So pretty!!  Looks to me like you did a great job!  You were very brave to pick it up in the first place - LOL - but you turned a very ugly duckling into a beautiful swan!!   Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2013 05:02:59 PM »

Awesome transformation. I am planning on using drop cloth to make a slipcover for my couches. How hard did you find it to sew?

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013 05:54:16 PM »

Awesome transformation. I am planning on using drop cloth to make a slipcover for my couches. How hard did you find it to sew?

Not hard at all, I got a denim needle and a zipper foot for the piping.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2013 08:17:16 PM »

Bravo.  I love that pop of bold texture on the arms of the chair.

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    « Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013 08:03:49 AM »

    Looking at the before picture I wouldn't have seen much hope for that decrepit piece of junk.  You made it look like new, and actually with your choices of fabric, nicer than what you can buy.  Kudos on a job well done.
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    « Reply #6 on: October 01, 2013 09:02:25 AM »

    wow!  it looks great!
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    « Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013 04:41:48 AM »

    Wow! That is really gorgeous! Your puppy made himself at home right away, that is a good sign! Smiley
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    « Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013 08:05:24 AM »

    Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!
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    « Reply #9 on: October 11, 2013 12:39:21 PM »

    It looks fantastic! You have done a marvelous job!
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