My Second Born: Re-Upholstered Wingback Chairs {before and after}

>> Friday, December 2, 2011

I guess they are actually my second and third born. It started almost a year ago with a pair of these. $75 on craig's list.

I started pulling them apart the week we moved into our new apartment. Sounded a lot more fun than unpacking.
I injured myself a couple of times. 
And after much more labor than it took to have Remi, the twins were born.
They're fraternal, not quite identical, with differences only their mother would know. 
They are not perfect, but just like my first born, I love them like they are.
Our apartment is very corporate housing-esk. So I wanted to use a crazy, bold pattern to liven it up. Being a first upholstery attempt, I also wanted to use the cheapest fabric possible. I have about a 60% DIY project success rate and I did not have high hopes for this one. I found this outdoor fabric for $35/chair. We have already spilled spaghetti sauce on it, which cleaned up nicely. And surprising everyone, especially myself, I finished the chairs.


abode love December 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM  

I am in constant awe of your mad upholstery skillz.... OMG. I wish you lived in Alabama so that we could get together and re-upholster together! ha! GOOD JOB and the fabric pattern is gorgeous!!!

lizziefitz December 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

So nice that you have a second career waiting in the wings. Fantastic job!

Danielle Oakey Interiors December 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

You are amazing!!! I need your skills.

Amelia @ House Pretty December 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

These look pretty perfect to me - amazing!! Your upholstery skills rock!

Angeline December 2, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

Love Love! The chairs look so great - awesome skills!

cbn December 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Those are absolutely amazing.

Saara {} December 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

They are absolutely AMAZING! Seriously impressive!

Lola Storm December 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

Stephanie - oh my gosh! GORGEOUS. You've outdone yourself, woman. Do you mind my asking - how'd you learn to upholster? (They're few and far between in the Inland Northwest...this girl could use a tip or two!)

Dayka (Life +Style) December 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

wait---YOU DID THIS YOURSELF???? excuse me while i brush myself off from falling off of my sofa! fab. u. lous job, all the way. as one of my good friend's like to say, "girl, you DID that!"


rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray December 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM  

Amazing job on these chairs, Stephanie!! Saw them over on abode love today! LOOOVE THEM!

Cindi Burger Barrett December 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

You've inspired me to reupholster my chair that's been sitting in the garage. Those are awesome!

Jenna at Homeslice December 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM  

WOW. Great job! The piping is perfect, it looks SO good. Fun pattern too, so fun!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design December 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Just found you from Abode Love; you're amazing!! Love the fabric on those chairs- what a complete turn around from their old look!

pve design December 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

I want 4 of those! How amazing are you!

Mary December 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

I'm sorry but you're wrong this time. Those chairs ARE perfect!!!

I almost picked up a wingback at my local thrift store yesterday. It was $40. But I walked away from it because I don't know how to re-upholster anything & I was afraid it would cost a small fortune to hire someone to do it for me.

medurimayhem December 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM  

Every time I go into your apartment I stare at them and think I can't believe she made those. Amazing!!!

mybestfriendcraig December 3, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Wow! They are perfect! Love them!


Kellie Collis December 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

The twins are gorgeous! Very well done! Enjoy the rest of the lovely weekend, Kellie xx

annie December 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

Most people have a difficult time to even choose a fabric, call the upholsterer and get some guy to take them to his shop...and you did this? I'm a little jealous! They look amazing and quite perfect! Love the fabric!

LindsB December 4, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

I see why they are your second and third born- those babies were alot of work!! LOVE the color and love the pattern- you did an amazing job!

reineayiti December 5, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

A-MA-ZING!!! Can't wait to sit in one with a glass of tea ;-)

Marianne Simon Design December 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM  

You constantly amaze me!!! Gorgeous!

Kate {domestikatedlife} December 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

Congrats on your twins :) they came out gorgeous!

Erin December 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

Hey Stephanie! Your chairs look amazing! Loooove the fabric! Is there some diy instructions for reupholstering wingback chairs you could recommend? Thanks and hope your holiday is off to a great start!

Anonymous,  December 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

Holy cow, these look great! You centred the pattern and lined up the circles. Well done!


Kitchen cabinet doors December 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

That's amazing! Your are so talented! DIY decoration is always even more impressive when it's that lovely!

Annelise December 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

this looks amazing! a very big improvement over the old fabric.

ss December 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

thanks for all the sweet comments!

Holly December 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

I can't even handle house awesome these chairs are - that fabric is awesome!!! I've always loved blue and green together and these are absolutely awesome. Great work - enjoy them!!

Anonymous,  December 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM  

I LOVE the colours especially the bright blue. Fantastic looking. I like the idea of using "outdoor" fabric--harder wearing.

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