Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hooray! Hooray!

I finally did it!  I got that chair done.  Check it off the list.  I took some pictures during the process to share.  If you read an early post, the chair was this color:

At first, I wasn't up to reupholstering yet.  I did the next best thing.  Enter the slipcover:


I loved how it turned out.  I would have kept it like that forever but the smell just would not leave this chair.  So, I had to do this:


The diamond tufting was playing head games with me.  It looked so complex.  How could little old me do that?!  Well, I pulled up my sleeves and got to work. 


           

The tufting wasn't nearly as hard as I made it out to be in my head.  It took twenty buttons.  It was a little tricky here and there.  I redid a few buttons to try to get the best diamond tufts I could.  This is what the back side of the chair looked like without the final fabric.


The hardest part of this chair upholstery project was using curve-ease, otherwise known as pli-grip.  Much to my dismay, I found that my stapler was to wide to staple on the curve ease.  So, I had to use the old fashioned way, using upholstery tacks and my tack hammer.  The back didn't quite turn out as I imagined.  You can't tell by the photo but the top isn't very crisp.  But, as they say, it is as good as it's going to get.  

                  


Lastly, I had to wrestle with making the seat cushion.  It was a little tough using this fabric.  I used a linen fabric from JoAnn's apparel section for about $7/yd with my 40% off coupon of course.  Since this chair will only be sat on occasionally, I went for the cheap route.  If I wind up having to put an upholstery weight fabric on later, at least I will know what I'm doing and may even splurge on nice fabric.  I am 99.8% done.  I just have to add the double welting around the bottom and front back of the chair.  I couldn't wait to post about it until then.  So, without further anticipation, drum roll please...........



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48 comments:

  1. Wow this turned out great! You are so brave to upholster a chair like that. I have one similar but haven't gotten up the courage to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Your tufting looks AMAZING! You should be very proud!

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  3. This is just amazing! I am new to sewing and can't even imagine tackling a chair! It is beautiful! www.threepixielane.blogspot.com

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  4. WOW! That is nothing short of amazing- I would have been scared to death of the tufting but it looks gorgeous!

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  5. The chair turned out beautiful!! I would never attempt a project like this but you did an amazing job.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  6. I am SOOOO proud of you actually tackling this job! What an awesome job you did! It looks so pretty and comfy. Pat yourself on the back for this one you deserve it.

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  7. that looks absolutely fantastic! love the tufting and the colors!

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  8. Wow! Really nice job... you are a better woman than I!

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  9. I love it! Now I guess I have to start redoing my chair in the garage. I had no idea the tufting was that uncomplicated - it looks like it would be so much harder to do.

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  10. You did a beautiful job! I love the chair. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Very impressive. Looks beautiful!

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  12. You did a fantastic job on that chair. You must sew really well. I also have a yard sale chair I need to reupholster but I am not a sewer and am procrastinating. I love the way your chair turned out. You've inspired me to tackle my chair project.

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  13. Wow! That is an amazing transformation. Way to go. Now I know it's possible...maybe someday?

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  14. Wow! I can't even believe someone did this themselves and not in a furniture store! It looks perfect. I want to learn to reupholster one day! I'm inspired!

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  15. Amazing--I am so impressed. Good job. I love how it turned out.
    Jeanette

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  16. Gorgeous! You did an AMAZING job!!!

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  17. This is beautiful!! I love both the slipcover and your reupholstery job. The diamond tufting looks great! I've wanted to try a chair like that, and it's reassuring knowing that it wasn't too horrible once you took the plunge. Thanks for sharing!
    -Arielle

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  18. I am in AWE of your skills! It's GORGEOUS! It totally looks so VERY difficult but I'm in deeeeep LOVE with how it turned out~! glad you shared on show and tell!

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  19. I am sooooo impressed! I could not even imagine trying to do this. It looks great.
    Penny

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  20. totally STUNNING! you must be SO proud of yourself! I need to come back and look at your entire blog! Love what I've seen so far!

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  21. Wow, you are so talented! I am so impressed with the transformation. Well done!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  22. You brave soul! It turned out lovely. I don't know that I could ever take that on. I, like everyone else am really impressed with your final product.

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  23. Very pretty!! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog...so do drop by!!

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  24. OH....my!! What an ambitious project. And it looks so much better now!!


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  25. Stunning! I love it. Amazing fabric and the tufting - you must show us how to do it :-)

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  26. yes.. Stunning is the key word here! love the makeover! just stunning!

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  27. holy......crap. you are some kind of DIY genius! i am way impressed. :)

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  28. Okay - you are truly amazing. Bowing to anyone who can upholster like that!!!! The chair is beyond beautiful. Are you selling the slipcover? I have a chair it would fit perfectly. ReaLLY! xoxo Nancy

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  29. WOW! You did a great job on this chair! Have you done reupholstry before? It is gorgeous.
    ~ Julie

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  30. STUNNING...I recently tried my hand at upholstery and had the same type of tufting. I too was intimidated, but think it turned out great. Beautiful chair. And if the slipcover still fits, you have a two-for-one!

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  31. You did a fabulous job! It's a really pretty chair now~well done!

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  32. WOW! That looks fantastic!! I love the fabric!

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  33. Just Beautiful! I have an upholstry job waiting in the wings and now I have new inspiration to just get it started! Great job!

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  34. That is absolutely wonderful! What an ambitious project, but it has turned out so well - congratulations. What's next?

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  35. This is amazing! Such a beautiful chair and I LOVE the fabric, even if it is the cheap route. Great job!

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  36. Love how this turned out! Beautiful job.

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  37. I love this!! Now I am going to go poke around your blog a bit more!! Thanks for sharing....please stop by my blog too..... http:urbanwhyte.blogspot.com
    Karen

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  38. Wow, you did a truly amazing job! It looks great! I have a lounge I would love to attempt but I think I would really stuff it up! So I'm just leaving it for now..You should be very proud of yourself.. I love it! take care, maryann

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  39. Oh, my goodness....This is just beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  40. Beautiful redo!!! I love the new fabric and the diamond tufting is divine. I'm a sucker for tufting. You are very courageous. I am afraid to upholster anything but ESPECIALLY anything tufted. Nice work!

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  41. Amazing. I just a super deal on a victorian couch. I want to try something like this, but it would be a first. you did an amazing job!!!

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  42. I'm SOOOO impressed with this! I have not been brave enough to completely dissemble a chair yet, but I'd really like to. Did you restuff it or use the original batting? I could have been staring at the pictures so hard I missed that bit of info. :) It really is fabulous!! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)

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  43. We are at the same stange in our upholstery journeys. I just made the jump from slips to upholstery, but I took on a much easier chair than you did. You are a brave soul and it really paid off. Gorgeous work.

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  44. that turned out beautifully! i have one just like it and i think i'll go remove some staples now ...

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  45. So I really wish I had stumbled across this blog 5 days ago. I have never reupholstered ANYTHING let alone an arm chair - but i decided to tackle one anyway. I am almost finished with it now, but if i had seen those post earlier it would have made my life a whole lot easier!
    Great blog!

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  46. love this chair!! diamond tufting is so intimidating! found this while googling how to reupholster chairs... i think you have motivated me! thanks!

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  47. I know this is an older post, but I can't see this stunning chair and not comment. It is gorgeous!! I have always wanted to tackle a chair like this with the beautiful tufting. You make it sound like it wasn't as intimidating as it looks. It really is stunning!

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