Monday, June 9, 2008

A challenge

As you know, I said I was going to reupholster a wing back chair. I finally finished it. Whew, what a challenge! I've covered chairs before, but nothing like this one.

So here is the BEFORE.

This is the fabric I chose. It's a soft tan color, like sand, or a cafe latte! I bought seven yards of fabric (the charts listed 5 - 7 yards), and I'm glad I bought seven because there wasn't much left, and it allowed for mistakes (which I did make a few)! I found that the worse part for me was sewing the seat cover. Everything else was stapled or tacked.

These are the tools I used ~ staple gun, scissors, nails, tacks, and a hammer. (Also a sewing machine.)

Here it is AFTER! Finished!!!

It's sitting in the middle of the living room on this photo, because this is where I worked on it.

Here's a side view. Of course, there are a few mistakes (hopefully no one else can see them) and it's not perfect, but to me it's like a new chair!

I've decided to move my new chair into the bedroom in a cozy little corner where I can read at night.

So if you have a project that seems too tough to tackle, just do it! I wasn't sure how this would turn out but took the challenge and I'm happy I did!


Jan said...

You are very brave in trying to tackle such a huge project in my mind anyways. It just turned out great. You did such a great job.

I will always think of you now, whenever I see something I want but don't get, because it needs to be redone. You are very inspiring.

Have a great week.

Tara said...


Looks perfect to me!

Donna said...

You did Good!! Great job!!hughugs

Deb said...

What a fabulous job of recovering your wing chair. I love the fabric you chose. It will be the perfect chair to sit in and read.

Beverly said...

It looks amazing. I need a wing back chair for my bedroom, too. Are you opening shop?! ;-)

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Donna, OMG!!! I cannot believe you upholstered a wingback!!! May I say it looks amazing! I am so envious!!! I have a couple things that need to be upholstered as well....maybe I CAN do it???? Great job!....Heidi :)

Kari & Kijsa said...

Our hats are off to you...we have tried upholstery...and it is so much harder than it looks!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Rosie's Whimsy said...

OMGosh! Was this your first attempt? Wow, What a beautiful job!

:-) Rosie

Catherine Holman said...

I've been wanting to try apholstery, but figured it was out of my league. I've made slip covers before and they were quite the challenge. It looks great!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Donna that turned out fantastic! I am truly in awe of you...I do not get along with a sewing machine at all! Did you use the original fabric as a pattern? It looks wonderful!
p.s. I just did a post on you!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, you did a beautiful job on this chair. I always wanted to learn how to do that. You are brave to tackle such a big job, but you were successful in transforming it into a brand new chair. Karen

Anonymous said...

It looks great! Aren't you a clever thing?


LW said...

Penny sent me over..

Great job on the chair...
It looks perfect....


Firefly Hill said...

I think it looks fantastic! I have a pair of wing chairs that need reupholstering or slipcovers--maybe I will try it!


Rhondi said...

You did a great job!! Hope you're proud of yourself because you should be.
Hugs, Rhondi

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Wow! You should be very proud of yourself! You did a wonderful job! The chair looks great!
I have several of those wingback chairs that need to be re-done. Don't know that I am ready for the adventure quite yet!

Sunnispace said...

Wow, Mom! Fabulous!! I love how this turned out - great job!

Suzanne said...

Wow Donna, you did a great job! That would take a lot of patience! :) The "new" chair looks beautiful!