One Chair Done


If you remember, I started a redecorating project a couple months ago. I’m slowly making progress. One of the biggest elements of my room has been to reupholster Grandma’s old pink wing back chairs.


I can hardly believe that I have finished reupholstering my very first project. Why I ever decided that a traditional wing back chair would be the place to start is beyond me but I’m done with one.


I’ll admit that it’s been a challenge. Taking it apart took several days and plenty of movie watching to keep the brain occupied. I was so careful to learn how the chair was put together as I went. My hands were so sore taking out staples. Bajillion of them!! Even finding the fabric was difficult. We were going for a charcoal gray and ended up with this mysterious dark taupe color. It was so hard to find good fabric. I ended up special ordering fabric from Joann’s that was half off. I had to wait and wait and wait for it to come in.

Once I finally took possession of the fabric I was worried that I’d forgotten how to put it back together again. Luckily, I took notes and pictures. I reused everything I could; piping, stuffing, and even those scary looking metal pieces. It is easier to put staples in then take them out so that was nice but I went slow and tried to be as accurate as I could be.

I did the best I could.

I think every single fabric piece has its flaw though. I guess that’s the beauty of homemade. I just hope they aren’t to noticeable to most who walk in my front door. Check out my notes at flickr on this pic below if your interested in how bad of a job I did.

Hard, I tell you.


It’s done though and I’ve learned a lot. Now, how on earth do I motivate myself to do the second chair??


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When I was almost done with this first chair I saw this pin about painting upholstery fabric.

She links to a lot of readers that have had success. They say that if you do it right, it doesn’t turn out crunchy or stiff. Hum, I wondering if that would have worked with these pink chairs. The thing was, was it was nice to get rid of that old dirty fabric but really… it would have saved me a ton of time and work. Would you consider painting a chair or rather go to all the work and money to reupholster it?

5 comments on One Chair Done

  1. Lindsey
    March 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, I am WAY impressed!

  2. Mel
    March 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I have some pink floral wingback chairs that I need to reupholster. Was there a tutorial or any website that helped you decide to tackle this project? Your chair turned out great! Any tips or suggestions for someone like me?

  3. Carrie
    March 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm (5 years ago)

    oh it looks SO good. That was brave to tackle that kind of an upholstery project. I haven’t ever tried the paint, but I’m with you thinking that new fresh clean fabric is a great thing. I suppose if the old fabric were still in good condition it might be worth a try. The worst thing that could happen is that you don’t like it and then just reupholster over it. Good work!

  4. Manda
    March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am (5 years ago)


    Here are some pins that I had looked at…

    But honestly, as you take your chair apart you learn how it goes together piece by piece. Start with the underside. You can tell what layer is first to come off… it will be the last to go on. Write down a detailed list of what comes off and in what order. Take pictures of the difficult parts. Once you have all of the fabric off you can lay it out and tell how much yardage you’ll need. A wingback chair takes about 5 1/2 to 6 yards of fabric. I reused all the piping and metal jaw parts. I borrowed my dad’s electric staple gun but other than that you should have all the tools you’ll need.

  5. Lanna
    March 13, 2012 at 2:50 am (5 years ago)

    I wouldn’t paint a chair. Maybe it’s just my kids. But they spill crap everywhere (you don’t want to know all the things I’ve had to douse in Bacout!) and it’ll get wet/need scrubbed at some point.

    The re-upholstered one really does look nice though. :)