Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thrift Store Chairs Makeover

Whew...I finally finished these chairs!  I picked two of these frenchy chairs up at the thrift store clear back in December for $20 each, but it took me this long to get both of them re-upholstered.  I quickly dove into working on one chair and completed it last winter, but then many of my home projects got pushed aside for finding and re-finishing pieces for the Luckett's Spring Market last May.


 
As I previously mentioned, I'm finally tackling all those house projects I put on hold for so many months, including the other chair to the matching set for my bedroom...
To be honest, the first chair that I completed last winter was the first real re-upholstering job I've done.  Yes, I've recovered simple chairs and a bazillion dining chair set covers over the past several years, but I usually stuck to wood pieces to re-finish.  It didn't take much to convince myself that I needed to just give upholstery a shot...just call for a quote for re-upholstering a standard chair...not in my budget!
It's a bit of a challenge when you're first learning...lots of pulling and tugging.  I've done several chairs since last winter and I'm slowly getting better at the corners, etc.  Someday, I'd love to take a real upholstery class. 
I would recommend one thing to a new upholsterer...don't use velvet (or striped fabric) for first time projects!  I thought I was being clever by purchasing two $15 clearance brown velvet curtain panels at Target to save a bundle on fabric costs, but it was really difficult to work with and velvet shows everything.
In total I spent around $100 for the pair of chairs because I also had to replace the foam seats, but I'm glad I was able to find something I could customize for my home and give me some upholstery experience at the same time. The chairs are far from perfect, but I learned a so much from the process! 

Kristen

 

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39 comments:

Our Pinteresting Family said...

These chairs are just stunning! You are incredibly talented. :)

Terrie Mathison said...

They look fantastic! I have never thought of using drape panels! Genius!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Kristen! I just love the fabrics!

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

Kristen, oh my heavens they are just beautiful!!! I love that you used two different fabrics, as well. My 1st upholstery was when I lived in Europe. My mom walked me through it over the phone. But when I got the phone bill I realized it would have been cheaper to have hired it done. LOL

Love these by your fauxplace. :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! that chocolate velvet is divine!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

These are so beautiful! I know you said the velvet wasn't easy to work with but it's my favorite part. It looks so rich and luxe. I think you did an amazing job!

Can I feature these tomorrow on my blog? I'll link to your page!

Scribbler said...

very nice job! Now can you come and do mine?

mishebe said...

they look fantastic!

Sharon said...

You did a fantastic job Kristen! They look great in your bedroom!

House on the Way said...

Great transformation! Love them. I'd love for you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can stop by and join in!
Thanks,
Leslie

Style Sisters said...

Love the brown fabric you chose! These chairs look incredible...what a great job! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share this idea and enter my giveaway.
Karin

Cindy Miller LivingontheBliss said...

Kristen this is a great post, I love these chairs! I want to attempt the faux fireplace.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen...the chairs are fabulous!!!...I am with ya..I would love to take an upholstery class!...however, not sure you need to as you did such a terrific job on these chairs.!!....I love the fabric and they look so very sophisticated...Bravo..great, great job!

Ally said...

Oh my word. I'm really impressed by this - I did a chair upholstery project a month or so back and I have to tell you it was dreadful. Just saw you on primp -
New follower: me
:)

MONICA LIVAS said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

You've done a wonderful job, Kristen. they look so professional! love the brown velvet with that gorgeous print.

Schulz Family said...

How fantastic. What skills, you do not need to take a class!! visiting from feathered nest friday. Cheers Karen www.madewithmytwohands.blogspot.com

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Fabulous and love the fabric choices.

Honey at 2805 said...

The chairs are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

Susan said...

Very nice job!

Julie said...

What a great find! You did a great job.

Wild Oak Designs said...

You make me feel like I could tackle my job...we will see...
You did a great job! With velvet none the less....
Great job...
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Beautiful chairs with such great lines. I love the choice of velvet. Nice work!

suzyq said...

What an amazing transformation!!! Just love them :)

Sheila said...

2 words....Absolutely gorgeous!

Smiles,
Sheila

Suzy said...

These chairs turned out great Kristen. You'd never ever know that they weren't done by a professional upholster!

michele said...

so chic and fabulous!

smiles to you.

michele

p.s.
would love to have you stop by and/or follow http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com!

Felechia said...

Those chairs are gorgeous. Beautiful.

Taunnie said...

They look pretty perfect to me :). I love your fireplace too.

Michele Alger said...

They turned out beautiful! Great advise too. My first job was on wing chairs, and although people told me that is the most difficult to start with, I learned so much that future projects were that much easier. GREAT WORK!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Kristen - you did a fabulous job on those chairs, girl!!! The chocolate brown with the patterned fabric is soooooo rich looking! Beautifulllll!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

You did such an amazing job! They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Coastal Charm. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Stacey said...

Wowsers!
Just beautiful!
Would love if you stopped by my party happening now to link it up!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sherry said...

Beautiful! I'm in awe of you guys doing upholstery.
Sherry

Honey at 2805 said...

You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805! Yes, twice in one day!

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

So lovely, I've been looking for a chair like that, and you did such a wonderful job especially given it was a first time re-upholstery! That faux fireplace is so clever and definitely brings a layer of warmth (hehe) to your room. Lucky you with such a talent step-dad. I have a fireplace in our living area that we never use and I wonder if I could pull off a drawing like that to use for fall / winter. Thanks for the inspiration!

Robin
happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

Good Time Charlie said...

Those chairs look amazing! I love the big boxy look of the chair pads, and from the photos, I cannot see anything wrong with the velvet. What a cool choice! For your first big upholstery job, I think they look like a pro took them on. Thank you for sharing!

PS I would love it if you had time to link to my party, I would love to share these chairs with my readers. Closes tomorrow night at midnight. thanks, -K!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your chairs! Thanks for showing a little of what it looked like on the inside. I have a chair I have had for a year waiting to re-do. I'm nervous! I got some gorgeous burn out velvet (I think thats what it is called) it has a pattern--hopefully it will be forgiving. Any suggestions?

summerlandcottagestudio said...

Hi Kristen,

I just need to say, I'm impressed!
To tackle the job of reupholstering goes well beyond being crafty and there may be quirks but kudos to you!
And as difficult as velvet may be I still love the fabric selection.
Thanks for sharing!

Paulette

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