Tuesday, May 4, 2010

{My First Try At Upholstery}

Several weeks ago my neighbors left some old armchairs out on the curb. My husband, knowing that I've been wanting to try my hand at upholstery, kindly offered to go get them for me. This one was a dark wood color with a horrid old green fabric {it was so brittle it just broke apart when I started gutting the chair.}

And so I recovered it for my daughter's room! This fun carnival print matches her new "pink & yellow" themed decor.
Okay, okay -- I'll show you more of a close up. It's just that, well, upholstery is HARD! And if you look closely, you'll see MANY flaws in our work. {Oh, and that "pillow" is just fabric, haven't sewn it yet.} I can't bring myself to post a picture of the back :-) It's not pretty...
After gutting the chair I painted it an antique white color. The wood finish just wasn't doing it for me. Anyway, it makes a great addition to her room! And since she's only 21 months, she can't judge my work too harshly {yet}.
Hopefully I'll get better at the upholstery! I have some more I'd like to cover with an outdoor fabric & use on the porch...


  1. i love it!!! love! I love that fabric! Looks great!

  2. You are BRAVE and you did a fantastic job! Looks perfect for that room.

  3. Heather - It looks awesome! You're so talented! And way to go in being all brave and courageous and trying something new!

  4. Thanks Amber & Thea for calling me brave - wow!

    Britt & Kara, thanks so much for the lovely compliments!

  5. Heather, I think you did a FABULOUS job! Love it!

  6. I love the shape of that chair and it looks like you did a wonderful job with it. I adore the fabric you used and it looks great in the room.

  7. I am also hoping to do better in upholstery! It's a nice hobby! I love your choice of fabric! It suits with the other stuff in the room.


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