~ 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]
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…
I removed the top layer of fabric and found this delightful red underneath. At least the nice legs are still exposed.
I actually considered leaving them red, but the fabric is a little outdated and faded (and it wasn’t upholstery fabric).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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
It took just under 3 yards of fabric to cover both of these chairs.
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?
Now to finish off the chairs!
Trim is needed.
Rather than purchasing trim, I made my own (double-welting is what it’s called in upholstery terms). Here’s what it looks like.
I wanted it to match the fabric on the chair, and it was less expensive to make it.
Trim makes all the difference in the world when finishing off the chair! It really cleans it up.
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!
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.
Want to recap what just happened?
Here’s the BEFORE & AFTER:
I hope you enjoyed my upholstery project! It was fun!
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