We’re sharing a beginner’s guide to chair upholstery today! A special shout out and thank you to my sweet friend Cindy of County Road 407 for hosting the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop!
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop…
If you’ve missed any of our other installments, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (one of the most popular posts from this series)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
- 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas
- Simple Chalkboard Decorating Ideas
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A Refresh at Loblolly…
Lately, I’ve been helping my Mom make a few decorative decisions for my childhood home Loblolly Manor.
My parents have been restoring the house for a while now. It’s due for a fresh coat of paint both inside and out this year.
They want to add a pergola out back, finish the treehouse for the littles, change up the artwork in several of the bedrooms, redo the tabletop and dresser vignettes, and update the bed linens too.
Loblolly Manor is actually a play on words because the cottage-style house is one of the smallest homes we’ve ever lived in but it’s the last place we all lived together at the same time consistently so it will always have a special place in our hearts.
Truthfully, we can’t all fit comfortably at the same time anymore because our family has grown so much over the years.
Still, my Mom has been pinning things for months now hoping to create a retreat-like experience for our family to enjoy no matter how many people gather together.
An Esate Sale Find…
My Mom loves to treasure hunt and found this chair for the vanity in the master bedroom at an estate sale for $32.
While the color and chair cushion isn’t really her style, the chair is well built and I knew it would be the perfect piece to try our hand at seat upholstery.
Here’s a look at our process and a beginner’s guide to chair upholstery in case you’re looking for an easy way to update a few pieces in your home too…
A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery Supplies:
- Fabric (for the seat)
- Stapler (you definitely need a heavy-duty one that can do upholstery)
- Staple Remover, Pliers, Screwdriver, Fabric Scissors
- Small Jar or Container
- Paint (optional)
A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery Steps:
Since we wanted to paint the chair frame, our first step was to remove the chair cushion from the chair.
This was relatively easy given we only needed a screwdriver to back out the four screws. As always use caution and care when using tools and doing projects like this one.
Painting the Chair…
Next, we painted the chair and allowed for plenty of drying time between each coat of paint. Loblolly has a cozy cottage style so we used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
Removing Staples and Tacks…
While I was busy painting the chair, my Mom was busy removing most of the staples and tacks from the cushion fabric.
Just a little tip, use a container like this one to help to keep all the hardware from getting lost or misplaced.
Refreshing the Seat Cushion with New Fabric…
My Mom chose an oatmeal-colored linen for the seat cushion fabric.
We spread the fabric out on the table and placed the original seat cushion in the middle of the fabric. Then using caution and care, we cut our piece of fabric leaving a little extra room for the sides of the cushion.
Next, we used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the cushion.
Given, this is a beginner’s guide to chair upholstery, we found it easier to staple the sides first
and the corners last.
Securing the Seat Cushion to the Chair…
Finally, we reattached the chair cushion to the chair frame using a screwdriver and the screws that came with the chair. Don’t forget to make sure the seat cushion is secure!
It took less than an hour to refresh the chair cushion with new fabric and my mom couldn’t have been more excited about the way it all turned out.
In fact, we had so much fun we’re thinking about adding a decorative trim around the seat now too!
Adding Wax to Decorative Details…
Just before we called it a day, I gave the frame of the chair a coat of clear wax and used a tiny bit of dark wax on the detail of the back of the chair.
Here’s another quick look at the before and after again…
A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery Building Confidence…
While I don’t think we’re ready to take on anything major like slipcovers or sofa upholstery, these small projects gave us the confidence to take on bigger projects.
We gave this $32 chair a totally different look using materials we had on hand and a willingness to step out of our comfort zone.
We still have a ways to go with the refresh at Loblolly, especially when it comes to picking out paint colors. The house doesn’t get a lot of natural light because there are Loblolly pines and big oak trees all over the property.
Still, it’s fun to dream about all the possibilities…I’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your favorite white, gray, or greige paint color. And also, your favorite beginner upholstery tips and tricks!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is my sweet friend, Emily from Le Cultivateur. She’s always coming up with the most beautiful vignettes and designs!
Once you’re finished there be sure to stop by and check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing..Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.