Upholstery project #2

Won't be dying this way again
Painted chairs - a round up by Hyphen Interiors...

Yesterday, I showed you some of the chairs I have painted, including this one.

Fresh from a garage sale

Well, obviously, it’s the before picture. I found two of these chairs at a garage sale for $10 a piece. They were clean, and not stinky, and so comfortable. SOLD! Love their shape – but the pattern? Not so much. Since I had priced getting them re-upholstered and found the cost too high, I decided to paint them using the tutorial from Hyphen Interiors.

This is how they turned out…

Black paint and fabric medium makes for one scratchy chair.

And you could still see a hint of the flower pattern underneath from certain angles. But, most importantly, it looked good enough to use until more drastic measures could be taken.

A few months later, I found a upholstery class and decided to sign up. In the first class, I re-upholstered this little beauty…

First upholstery class project – before

And now, it looks like this…

After. All that tufting was a pain in the tush!

If you look closely, you can see that I am not a master seamstress. My cushion was completely askew.  Oh well, I was proud of it anyway.

Which leads me back to the second upholstery piece. This is how it looks right now.

Leopard Print re-upholstered chair

I love the leopard print!

Sorry, but Elvis wasn’t about to give up his resting spot for me to take a picture of the chair without him. I asked him nicely, but he let me know there wasn’t a chance…

Elvis letting me know not to even think about removing him from the chair.

Okay, he wasn’t really hissing, just yawning. LOL! Either way, he wasn’t moving. It’s his favorite chair now.

As you can see, I haven’t attempted to re-cover the seat cushion yet. I have to admit that I might ask someone else to do it. I still have to re-upholster the mate to this chair, and the thought of trying to make both seat cushions gives me a little bit of anxiety. I can barely sew a straight line! At this point, I’m happy that it’s almost done and that the cushions can be used as-is for now. Well, until I learn how to sew better. Or pay someone else to do it.

The class has been completely worth the $73 dollars it cost for eight weeks. If you are looking at some sad chairs that could use some upholstery love, this is an excellent way to learn how to do-it-yourself and save some money!

I have to admit though, my favorite part of taking both classes has been the time I’ve gotten to spend with my friend Jilien, who lives about 35 miles away from me – which is a little further than the grab-a-cup-of-coffee kind of encounters I would love to have with her on a regular basis. So, it’s been great to see her once a week :) Speaking of Jilien, she has turned out to be a re-upholstering queen! I think she’s done about 6 projects in the time the rest of us have barely finished two! I’ll have to get some pics of her work up soon…

So, what are you working on?


Won't be dying this way again
Painted chairs - a round up by Hyphen Interiors...
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  1. Alyssa says

    Hi there – I am new to your blog but – my gosh that chair is really starting to come around!! Love the fabric! Good job :)

  2. says

    That reupholstered chair looks so good – straight lines are so intimidating to me! I just can’t seem to get it just right…. ahhh! I need to find an upholstery class that is reasonably priced. I found one for $350 for like one 8 hr day. Just seemed expensive.

    • says

      That is kind of pricey. Do your high schools offer continuing education classes? That’s where I found mine. I know you just moved, so it might be a great place to find kindred spirits too!

  3. says

    Amazing job! My painted chair didn’t turn out as well as yours did but my 15 year old daughter loves it so as soon as I get one last coat of paint on it, it’s hers. I just finished a desk for my step-daughter (with chalk paint- I wish you were closer so I could show you how awesome it is) that was mine as a teen and the matching night stand will have to be next. How can I sen you a picture? It’s super cute and with your love of animal print, I think you’d love it.

    • says

      Hi!!! I didn’t know you started a blog! So glad you did :) You remind me of me with all the Pinterest ideas. Love the “S” button project – so cute! And the chair makes me giggle too! I have to sign up for your updates – how do I do that? Best of luck! (I tried to post this on your blog, but it won’t let me – I think it’s my phone?)

      • ScottieV says

        Who knows…. My blog looks horrible & I have no idea what I am doing, lol. I just wanted a way to document my projects. I will email you the photos now.

      • says

        ok, I moved my blog. WordPress seems easier to use for me right now in super ADD mode, lol. I linked it on the bottom and now you should be able to follow it if you’d like. Love to know what you think of the desk!

  4. Emma says

    Just discovered your blog and I love all the great ideas! I have a chair similar to the one you reupholstered and want to spray paint the wood white like yours..do you have any ideas how I can do that without removing the fabric? How do you do it when you paint furniture?

    • says

      Hi Emma! Glad you found me! Thanks for the kind words – they make my day :) When I paint something that I am not taking the upholstery off of, I just use plastic bags (opened up at the seams, so it lays flat) and blue tape the heck out of it. Or I use a brush on paint. But that’s a pain in the tush, so I usually just tape it off.

    • A Pinterest Addict says

      Lol :) Thanks! I know you didn’t know this, but I really needed a comment like this today.


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