Chair Beautification 101

Today, I am going to show you a before & after of a chair that my sister-in-law and I did.  This was my first time reupholstering, and I think it was quite the success.  

Okay, this is how this Cinderella story all went down:
There once was a chair... that needed some some "quick" tender loving care (Corny, I know... but, it rhymes).

She started out as a sad, unwanted, green piece of furniture.  She was only $10, so we thought we would give her a face lift of sorts. 

NICE!!!  You've either seen her in you doctor's waiting room 20 years ago, or in your grandma's sitting room.  Either way, she's seriously unfortunate.

The first thing you do when reupholstering is to take it apart, piece by piece, and document where each piece went.  My sister-in-law wrote a number on each piece of old fabric so we would know how to put it back together and what went where.

Here is the chair right before we started puzzling it together.  We used the old fabric to trace and cut the new fabric so we were sure it would fit properly.  We were both elementary teachers prior to being mommies, so we were down with the whole "trace and cut" situation. 
The first piece you take off of your chair you mark as #1, and so on and so forth, stay with me as I explain how to put it back together.  We had 7 pieces.  The last piece you take off is the first to go back on... #7 is first to be put back on and we ended with #1.  Got it??

(forgive the blurry pics)

Now for the final reveal.  She is quite a beaut, so picture in your mind lovely music playing as you gaze upon her fabulousness. 

Hello, gorgeous!  This project was so much fun and we were so pleased with the outcome.  Above, is the chair pictured in my sister-in-law's home office.  



  1. It looks SO great! I love it. I especially love that most people wouldn't look twice at that chair before and you made it fantastic.

  2. Holy cow - that's an amazing transformation! Love the new fabric and the darker wood. It's gorgeous!

    Visiting from Singing Three Little Birds. I'm your newest follower. :)

  3. Amazing job! I love the fabric you chose... and I hear the music! lol.

  4. Very classic! I love the graphic black and white print you chose.

  5. Your chair now looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comment on my ribbon-tied pumpkins. I'm a new follower of your blog!

  6. Fabulous makeover Liz!!! You did a wonderful job for your first ever. You'd never know it. Kudos to you and the SIL.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  7. What what a difference fabric makes. You did a great job!

  8. looks amazing! you have quite an eye for seeing the potential~

    well done!


  9. Well done! The chair is gorgeous, love the fabric/upholstery and that headband giveaway is so cute too :)

  10. whoaa! that is insanely amazing!!

    i am working up my courage do to a project like this. our room is just begging for a nice sitting chair. thanks for the inspiration!


  11. I am totally into re-purposing furniture right now. So this inspires. Y'all did a GREAT job! Well done!
    btw, I came over from the WLW link-up.


  12. Looks Great! Reupholstering is no easy task ;)

  13. coming over from
    I love the chair and have been looking for something like this for my bedroom. I'm so horrible at recovering. I am your newest follower, would love for you to follow me back. :)

  14. it looks fantastic!

    love the print you chose
    and how it came together

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  15. Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have, in my link party at



  16. It turned out so wonderful! Great fabric choice!!

  17. You chair looks lovely - beautiful fabric choice!

  18. It looks fabulous! Love your fabric choice!