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Monday, March 19, 2012

I Finally Reupholstered My Chairs!

Way back in August I had shared my desire to recover my six formal dining room chairs. They are part of a set from Belgium circa 1890 that we had purchased while living in Germany.

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This is the “BEFORE” shot. The fabric does appear to be screaming “The 90’s want their upholstery back!”

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An even closer inspection reveals “Ewwwww, several stains.”

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So, why did it take me so long to get the job done? One word: staples. About 200 each, per chair, had to be removed. First the black covering and then the upholstery itself. Each chair took about an hour and half to remove all the staples. Times that by six chairs. 

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I dug through my fabric stash and found this gorgeous linen fabric I have had for about two years. (It is Maxfield SN93 in “Natura”.) There was only two yards. With a pattern I wasn’t sure it would be enough.

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With a bit of fancy configuring I was able to center four round medallions onto each chair seat.

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I love how the “AFTER” turned out! Just in time for Easter dinner.

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If you have been thinking about reupholstering your chairs come back tomorrow as I will be sharing a step by step video tutorial.



Auntie Em said...

Your chair looks so handsome with the new cover! It's amazing what a little planning can do to make something work. My mother could always amaze me when she was sewing. Nothing was wasted! It's definitely a talent! Now just waiting for your tutorial! :)

ImagiMeri said...

Ah ha, that's what really took the longest......filming your redo!

Hello pretty lady, how have you been? Is there a good time when I may come visit? I've got a garage sale this coming Friday and Saturday and then I'm in a craft show on the 14th of April, but other than those activities....I'm free.

I've been thinking about you a lot, and sending healing prayers to you everyday.


Bloggymom said...

Very pretty redo

Miss Sandy said...


I so need to do this to my new "old" dining set. I purchased a vintage table and chairs, circa 1911, last year and I have not had time to recover them. They are currently covered in green and white gingham - yuck! You have inspired me, I am going to try and tackle the job this week!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

You are sooo much better than I. I know I would have just stapled over the old stuff because I'm too lazy to have removed all those staples. I have one chair waiting for me to redo the seat so I'm looking forward to trips and tricks tomorrow :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your chairs and the fabric is sooooooooo pretty. Great job. Hugs, Marty

The Pennington Point said...

So many times I redo something that has been bugging me for a long time and it takes about 15 minutes and I always wonder...why did it take me so long?! I'm glad you did it! The chair is all ready for sitting. :) Lisa~

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented!!!

It's All Connected said...

Congrats on tackling the job and how great they look with the new fabric! ~ Maureen

The Boston Lady said...

These turned out really nicely Laura. I like the way you took the extra time to center the design. Ann

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

First of all...the chairs are magnificent! Your fabric choice is perfect! You must be thrilled with the outcome!

Karena said...

Bravo Laura, you have inspired me to recover my 6 dining chairs I need to find the fabric to use! 2 yards will do it?

Art by Karena

Jen said...

Such pretty material for your re-do! We are fixing to recover 12 chairs for a dining room suite that we inherited, so I am excited to see your tutorial!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Such a beautiful chair! Sounds time consuming but the finished product is lovely.

Calypso In The Country said...

I love that fabric! Too bad it took too long with the staples! At least the end result is beautiful - and worth all the work!

martinealison said...

Un merveilleux r├ęsultat... Cependant quel travail.
gros bisous

Jill Elaine said...

Those look so nice now! Good for you!

laxsupermom said...

Love that linen! So pretty! The chairs look great! Thanks for sharing.

Bettyann said...

love your "new" covers..

Terri said...

Your new fabric looks fab on the chair! Amazing what new material can do to update furniture!
You did a beautiful job.

French said...

So pretty, Laura....I draw the line at doing upholstery, but you have inspired me!

Debbie said...

I am totally crazy about them. I love the pattern, and I would actually love that on some Queen Anne's that I have in my living room. Neutral yet not boring.

openid said...


Your chairs look marvelous in that pattern. You have such a good eye. I have been putting my dining room projects on the back burner but you never fail to inspire me.

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