Tuesday, September 6, 2011

No... I Definitely Don't Know How to Reupholster But I Will Try!

There is so much potential in an old, scruffy chair!

I found a couple chairs for under $20 each and changed them from what I considered was "scruffy" to something "new-er."   I purchased this old red chair from the Paw Prints Thrift Store, which is the only thrift store in this part of town but its a great place to find old inexpensive pieces and by the way all the proceeds benefit the local animal shelter which is dear to my families heart.

I'm new to blogging so I keep forgetting to take "before" photo's and I do apologize.  This is the only "before" photo I have of this chair. 
Its a photo of one corner in our office where we (my twin and I) list and sell all our wonderful vintage finds online.... so this faded red is what it looked like last week and here's how it looks today.

Reupholstered for under $18.
  • the nail head trim was $9.95 for 10 yards on eBay with free shipping.
  • the fabric was a large drape/curtain panel I found at a garage sale for $5.
  • all the little bits (staples, felt etc) FREE from my shelves in the garage.
I covered the cushions

added the sides and front
Tip:  I don't have all the right upholstery tools but I figured a self sticking felt piece on the end of my hammer would work and amazingly it did!
nail head trim
Tip:  Definitely use a leather work glove to handle the sharp edging with this trim.  It's very pliable and worked great around corners.  You tack one nail head per three spaces.

The elephants, monkeys, tigers and toucans make this chair a great subject piece.
I love the safari/jungle book motif and neutral colors of the fabric.  Its a keeper!


  1. I am so impressed! I tried to cover an ottoman and barely made it.

  2. Gorgeous!! omgosh.. I am soooo impressed that you upholstered the chair yourself. You did a wonderful job and I adore the fabric!!