A Set of Ugly and Outdated Armchairs get beautiful modern makeover! by Creatively Living

Upholstered Chair Makeover x2

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

~ Rust-Oleum has provided me with the spray paint and Varathane but all opinions are my own ~

I found these beautiful chairs for $5 each. Pretty fabric? [sarcasm]

DSC_1098 Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

DSC_1102 Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

I’ve REALLY wanted to do some upholstery lately and thought these would be a good project to get started with.

I’ve never upholstered anything to this magnitude before (let alone 2 of them), more-so smaller chairs or slipcovers that I’ve sewn.

Here we go…

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

I removed the top layer of fabric and found this delightful red underneath. At least the nice legs are still exposed.

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

I actually considered leaving them red, but the fabric is a little outdated and faded (and it wasn’t upholstery fabric).

Plus, I knew it wasn’t the original fabric and my curiosity got the best of me…and I had to see what was underneath!

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

Yay! Down to the first layer!

There was a lot of fabric on these chairs…which means there was a TON of upholstery tacks, staples, and dust!

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

Removing the tacks and staples may have been the most cumbersome part of this project, but necessary for the transformation.

Note to self: Look at how many layers of fabric has been added to a chair before purchasing! Or your hands will be sore.

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

I wanted these chairs to be neutral but also really sharp and elegant. So, I sprayed the frame with Metallic Antiqued Brass spray paint by Rust-Oleum.

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

Aside from old fabric being on the chair, doesn’t it look high class!? Then I sealed it with a clear Varathane spray by Rust-Oleum.

Note: I used 1 can of spray paint per chair.

On to the upholstery! I used one of the layers of fabric that I removed from the chair as my template for the new fabric.

Upholstered Chair by Creatively Living

It took just under 3 yards of fabric to cover both of these chairs.

armchair makeover progress by Creatively Living

Stretching and pulling the fabric taunt was a bit of a challenge, but nonetheless, very important.

I tacked the fabric in place with straight pins and then used my staple gun to attach the fabric to the frame of the chairs.

Note: If you want to do a project like this, be sure you take notes on how you remove the fabric! It’ll help you when you are putting the new fabric on. For example, attach the fabric over the front cushion first because it actually goes all the way through to the back of the chair and gets attached in the back (so it stays on and stays taunt), then the fabric is added to the back and covers where you attached the front fabric. Does that make sense?

double welting supplies

Now to finish off the chairs!

Trim is needed.

double welting

Rather than purchasing trim, I made my own (double-welting is what it’s called in upholstery terms). Here’s what it looks like.

double welting

I wanted it to match the fabric on the chair, and it was less expensive to make it.

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

Trim makes all the difference in the world when finishing off the chair! It really cleans it up.

DSC_0205 armchair makeover by Creatively Living

This is the tricky part (okay, not really), you use a hot glue gun to attach it. For reals, this is what all the professionals do too!

And the grand finale, add a cute throw pillow!

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

There are a lot of great upholstery tutorials available. If you want to try it for yourself I recommend watching a few of them; you’ll get some great tips and to watch how it’s done. What I’d like you to gain most from this post is the confidence that you can do this yourself too. Remember, this was my first upholstery project to this magnitude.

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

Set of Upholstered Chairs, Makeover by Creatively Living

DSC_0188 armchair makeover by Creatively Living

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

Want to recap what just happened?

Here’s the BEFORE & AFTER:

Upholstered Chair Makeover by Creatively Living

I hope you enjoyed my upholstery project! It was fun!

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Comments

  1. Marty Oravetz says:

    Oh my word, WOW. What a fabulous transformation.

  2. Those chairs are gorgeous! You did a great job. Was it kind of scary at first? I think once I got started I might be okay, it’s just working up the nerve. Know what I mean? Love the chairs, they look so elegant.

    • Thank you Sally! I’ve taken on lots of crazy projects, I think the scariest part about this one was cutting into the new upholstery fabric (since that’s the most expensive part of the makeover). 🙂

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