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Katy's Chairs

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I get asked to post upholstery tutorials A LOT. I do have plans for some tutorials later this year, but every piece of furniture needs a different approach, so it’s not really a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing.

For now I keep responding that the best way to learn how to reupholster furniture is to read this book (my favorite) or this one (also great), and then to slowly, taking pictures all along the way, take apart the original upholstery. That’s the best way to learn what works for your specific piece. And then just recreate!

Katy, one of my old college friends, recently moved into a new home and has been doing all sorts of fun home projects. Check out this headboard she made. And don’t you love those euro shams?! The fabric is from Joanns!!

Katy had never taken on a big upholstery project, but she was determined to reupholster these inexpensive craigslist chairs for her bedroom:

She paid careful attention to the original upholstery and reproduced the same look in the new fabric.

The only sewing she did was to make the piping.

I think she did a great job and she saved herself a bundle of money! My upholsterer would charge a few hundred each for the labor on these chairs.

Are you brave enough to reupholster used/vintage furniture? I promise it’s not as scary as it looks!

What did you think?
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  1. Wow, good job. I'm actually trying to reupholster a little complicated couch with the same fabric in the light blur color-way (the same the board in your office) and it's not going great. I'll try the books you recommended.

  2. i have two different chairs that i plan to redo. it's a bit daunting so i keep doing other projects instead. i think i will read the book and then tackle the one i think will be easier.

  3. The black and white chairs are so unique looking. I love them. I would never have thought to paint it white, which I love. I probably would have went with typical black. Very cool.

  4. Another great way to learn is to see if your community college offers an adult continuing education class. I took an upholstering class, which turned out to be more of an eight week workshop, this past winter and have since reupholstered two craigslist wingbacks. The first one I recovered with a black and white waverly fabric very similar to the post and painted the wood white. It really gives vintage furniture such a graphic and modern look. The other one I recovered with a gorgeous Lee Jofa ikat that I snagged on ebay. I'm absolutely loving my new hobby and can't wait to do more!

  5. I'm actually about to reupholster the world ugliest setee for a friend of mine. It's truly hideous and my husband wonders why on God's green earth she even wants to keep it. It's a family piece is all I know.

  6. Since joining the blog world, I have seen/read about so many 'reupholster projects'…more than ever before (have I been living under a rock- maybe under the 'diy rock'??). I am feeling veeeeeeery behind, but soooo excited to get started on my first project! I have a couple saved in an inspiration folder. Thanks for the book recommendations!

  7. I LOVE the chairs, pillows, and headboard. She did a fantastic job. I recently reupholstered two wingback chairs for the first time and it really wasn't that hard- just very time consuming! But it saved tons of money so it was worth it!

  8. curious about the reupolstering resources, but the links aren't working for me. do you mind reposting? thank you!!

  9. Amazing transforamtion!
    Does anyne have any idea where the geometric fabric is from? I am desperate to find it!
    Thank you so much for any help!

  10. Learning to upholster has been on my to do list for years, along with sewing. Like someone else said, sewing piping freaks me out! (: The chairs look amazing!!!

  11. I reupholstered a Louis-style chair at the end of last year – posted how I did it here: http://worthwhile-ride.blogspot.com/2009/12/have-seat.html

    It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be – The hardest part was making sure the pattern wasn't crooked… I'm kinda fickle, so just last week I found some different fabric and redid the upholstery again! This time, since I knew what I was doing, it took about 30 minutes and now all I have left is to add the piping.

  12. I got inspired to learn upholstery after I began following your blog last fall (your ottoman and settee convinced me)! Since then I've accumulated an inordinate amount of orange chairs to tackle – for some reason all my great Craigslist finds are orange! got 2 great 1940s wing chairs for an upholstery class I signed up for last winter – only to have it canceled because only 3 people signed up! Now I have those, 2 orange slipper chairs which will be my "complex project guinea pigs" and 4 vintage bamboo Chippendale chairs that someone decided would be good to recover in orange velvet in the 70s. All have such potential – I just have to take the plunge!! I already have the book you recommended – it looks fabulous. First step is getting used to the staple gun by covering some simple pop off dining chair seats … Thanks for the extra motivator – Katy's chairs are inspirational for us beginners!

  13. Thanks for suggesting these books! I just requested the first one from my library. I've been taking an upholstery class at a local craft school and am amazed how many different techniques there are, depending on the type of piece. You're right–every one is different! I started with a bergere chair, but got stalled deciding how to finish/paint it, so I put it on hold and am working on a much less ambitious chair for now (a chair my husband found outside his dorm room in college, ha!). But I did get to do the 8-way hand-tied springs on the bergere, which was pretty fun.

    Do you have an good reads on finishing/painting furniture? I'm slowly starting to get into this, but I want to stick to products that are safer to breathe (like AFM Safecoat). Right now I'm struggling with how to paint wood so that it's smooth and you can't see brush strokes . . . and how to strip the finish off that bergere chair without using nasty chemicals or breaking my back sanding it!

  14. I've been wanting to reupholster our wingback chair but there is a lot of piping and I'm not sure I'm up for the challenge without someone watching over my shoulder. I've been wanting to take an upholstery class at my local fabric store but just haven't gotten around to it. I have the perfect fabric picked out and everything!

  15. What a fabulous transformation! Congratulations to Katy. Thanks for the great tip about taking photos as you unwrap the original coverings.

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