Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Upholstering a Chair

Guess what I saw when I woke up this morning?


But wait...it gets even better.


This is what I see when I walk in to our bedroom!

I chose "Do" as my word this year.
I have been checking off my list of "someday I wills."

Reupholstering a French style chair (with a printed fabric showing on the back) was on my list.

I have recovered lots of seat cushions and painted lots of furniture,
but wanted to tackle one of these total transformations.

So...after buying an inexpensive old chair in an auction,




I did it!

Here's one photo of the chair without fabric and painted with ASCP Pure White.


I'm not showing all the steps because Miss Mustard Seed's video tutorial is wonderful.
If you are thinking about taking on this type of project, be sure to check it out.

This was even more work than I expected.  
I will never again wonder why it is so expensive to have furniture reupholstered professionally.
Taking out the old staples is really a pain.


But the reward is sweet.
I LOVE my chair.





I love the birds and flowers of the toile.



I love that the colors are perfect in our room.




Heartfully,
Eilis
Eilis

47 comments:

  1. This chair is indeed a dream come true. That back is just brilliant. I do hope you will link up this gem of a post tomorrow at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  2. I sure will, Laura. Thank you!

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  3. Your chair turned out fabulous! I love your fabric choices. I have two chairs just like that but mine have leather on them. Maybe one day I will redo them. They sit in hubby's office so the more masculine right now the better!:)

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! It was easy to decide with this chair, since the old upholstery was ruined.

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  4. Wow that looks amazing! I have a chair that's very similar that could use your touch. The fabric you chose is beautiful. My dad used to have wallpaper similar to the bird pattern.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are elated this morning. :)

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    1. Thoughts of Home on Thursday is "wonderful." Great job.

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  5. You did a beautiful job upholstering this chair - love the fabric that you used on the back too!

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  6. I'm totally impressed!!! You did a wonderful job and I love the toile on the back!

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  7. Your chair! is stunning! I love the shape-
    Thank you for linking up to our first Thoughts of Home on Thursday

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  8. Love your chair....the fabric on the back is an unexpected touch and so beautiful!!!!!
    ~Des

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    1. Thank you, Des. Now I am thinking of making a little pillow with the leftover print fabric :)

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  9. You have made a first class job of recovering your chair! It is so chic! I adore the bird pattern fabric on the back too!
    Thanks for your visit to my blog www.preferablyprim.blogspot.com and your sweet comment!
    now following your lovely blog and hope you'll come back soon. you're most welcome to follow!
    Best wishes
    Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I am now following your inspiring blog. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  10. Love this redo! And wow, what a wonderfully large bedroom!

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  11. Eilis, that's a great chair redo-well done, girl! I just took your home tour and my is still open. If it hasn't been featured in a magazine, it should be. Beautiful home! So fun meeting you yesterday and now putting a face to the blog.
    Leslie

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  12. I forgot to type in 'mouth' above.That's what's still open. I mean in a good way. LOL

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  13. I forgot to type in 'mouth' above.That's what's still open. I mean in a good way. LOL

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  14. Wow! You did a fantastic job on the chair. I have one I have been wanting to tackle and am a little intimidated by it. I hope that when I get around to it the chair turns out as nice as yours did. This is my first visit to your blog-hopping over from The Chelsea Project and the Friday's Furniture Fix. I will be sure to stop by more often! ~Jolena

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    1. Thanks, Jolena. Delighted to have you visit!

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  15. Eilis,
    Hats off to you! I love the toile with the birds and flowers, and of course, the French-styled frame. It is indeed perfect for your bedroom which has a lot of other peeks at more French inspiration. The tassel is hanging from what looks like a French armoire very similar to the one in my bedroom.

    Thank you for following Botanic Bleu. I became one of your GFC followers a few weeks ago after we met at Laura's Texas bloggers lunch. So glad to have met you!

    Judith

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    1. Hi Judith,
      You are right about the French armoire. It is my one big splurge in the room. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. Hello Eilis,
    I just saw your beautiful chair on Friday's Furniture Fix Party!!
    I absolutely love this chair.... the paint and that fabric is to die for!!
    Well done!!
    Maxine at StudioPaintDesign.com

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    1. Thank you Maxine! I've just been over to see the amazing furniture transformations at your blog. I'll be back often.

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  17. The chair is simply lovely. I think you should try to find a mate for it!

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to forget about removing all those little staples first....

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  18. This is so pretty! I love the colors and the bird print is perfect!

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  19. Eilis, this is gorgeous! I too love the bird toile fabric. You did a great job. Love it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Eilis this chair is lovely! I too taught myself some basic reupholstered skills from MMS. I love that your attitude this year is to be a doer. It's so easy to wish for different things but never take action. Way to go on learning a new skill, and you have a gorgeous new chair to show for it! Thanks for linking up to #FridaysFurnitureFix!

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  21. This brought back memories of reupholstering a Chippendale sofa years ago - a pain, but it turned out great.

    I love the fabric you chose, but even more, I love the lines of the chair.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

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  22. Wow! What a beautiful chair you have. I haven't every tackled that type of upholstering yet...maybe some day. haha Love that your word is 'do'. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design this week!

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  23. HOLY COW, Eilis...It's beautiful!!! You did an amazing job!!! YAY:) It's just gorgeous...congrats on such a fine job:D

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  24. Eilis, it's beautiful. I would love to see that gorgeous chair each day. Kudos on an excellent job. I like your word of the year. And I saw your link at Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday party.

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  25. oooohhhhh that is BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are a very smart girl!
    Toile is my all time favorite fabric. I probably have (way) too many patterns of it in my home, but I never get tired of looking at it!!
    Your room is lovely too, so light and restful!
    Blessings to you,
    J

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