reupholstering an arm chair...

....can now be added to our accomplishments in life. Yay, us. I spotted this rattan chair during my thrift spree last week and just couldn't stop thinking about it, so we went back a few days later. I convinced Q that it was the chair of my dreams and that we could "easily" recover the thing, so it went home with us.

After hours of ripping off fabric, pulling out staples, and figuring out what the heck to do (like standing in the foam aisle at Joann's and wondering what density/thickness we're supposed to get and why it costs $40 a yard), we have finally finished covering the seat.

Now we "just" have to upholster the back (which is currently open), but for now I've draped one of our fluffy rugs over it and you'd never know - unless you sat in it of course. At least it looks pretty for now.


Gina said...

That looks amazing! I have been looking for a chair...hopefully I will get lucky on my next thrift store trip.

P.S. I have done the same thing in the foam aisle at Joann - who knew it was so expensive?!

Liz said...

Cute! I actually have pillows made with that fabric! Too funny!

Jennifer Huerta said...

I am loving the fabric pattern you chose! Did you find that at Joann's too? You're making this look like a project that even I could do.... Great redo!

this free bird said...

you hit the jackpot!! i'm hoping to get out next week and take some looks...wish i could come across a winner like this!


snacktive said...

haha I was thinking it looked finished and was wondering why it said, "in progress". I get it now. :) I love it when I think about something for days and finally go back to get it. It's meant to be. Great job on the chair, it looks really nice.

Colleen / Inspired to Share said...

Beautiful Alli! I reupholstered some dining chairs in a very very similar fabric, same colors! Great minds think alike :)

Punctuation Mark said...

what a change! it looks great!

Heather J said...

It looks great Alli! What a good find! Reupholstering intimidates me so I like to see that other people can do it, and do it well.

Kayla Poole said...

Wow, you are far braver than I looks fabulous. If I did this, I'd probably ruin it.

Also, Q and Tiho seem similar in their need to be cajoled into certain "decor" purchases... ;)

size too small said...

looks super cute- can't wait to see the final product!

Krystal said...

very nice work!

Kimia Kline said...

you, little lady, have officially made my jaw drop. i had no idea reupholstering a chair was even diy doable! i am so impressed. cannot wait to see the final product! (though the furry rug looks really awesome there :)

kaira said...

nice work! wow- I always envision my projects will end fabulous and glowing like yours, but somehow fall short wamp wamp. i think I'll stick to the world of diy paper crafts haha. looks great!

Carrie said...

I love it! I can't wait to see what you do with your other finds.

Krystle Rose said...

Great find! You know you're meant to buy something when you can't stop thinking about it. That chair found a good home. :)

Anna of IHOD said...

I think its exciting to see a piece of furniture and see its potential:) This is awesome Alli.

OneCraftyFox said...

It turned out so beautifully!!

Melissa Allam said...

Wow! Awesome job Alli. That takes alot of patience and guts to do that in the first place.

Heather said...

oh wow! that chair is so lovely but that fabric is really awesome! I love the color and the pattern! fabulous!

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