August 18, 2011

How To: Reupholster a Wingback Chair

 It is done! Done! Done! Done!


I mentioned earlier this week that I started the actual upholstering part of my wingback reupholstering this weekend and finished it in two days!!!!  It was on my "list of things to finish before my parents get here" so I thought once I start I have to get this done.

I started this project over 3 months ago {see first post here} and like many things in design it never turns out exactly the way you think it is going to go.  I first started out {in May}wanting to write a really detailed tutorial about how to reupholster a piece of furniture; even though at that point I had NEVER actually upholstered anything before... I thought if I can do it anyone can.  BUT I was not as detailed as I thought I was going to be at documenting my progress... and in the end {with a great chair but not a great "How To" post} that is the best advice I am going to give you.... BE DETAILED!!!

I started with this:


and in May I began tearing the chair apart.  



I intended to document all pieces of fabric and such I took off the chair, and completely label them so it was very easy to put back on.


As I began to carefully tear the fabric off of the chair {because I wanted to use them for pattern pieces} I took pictures and labeled with a sharpie...



I tried to keep all of the metal teethy parts and cardboard strips to reuse...






But as I would try to finish removing all of the fabric pieces from the chair here and there {whenever I had the chance, daytime, late at night, in the garage, etc} I became less detailed. 


And soon my chair looked like this... and then it sat for a month and a half!!!!
All this time I was trying to narrow down what fabric I wanted for the chair... it was quite a process! {see my selection process, here} I wanted something I was going to love, but fabric that I wasn't going to spend a fortune on.  I know doing the work myself was going to save a ton of $ but this was my first big project like this and I didn't want to have to buy more if I f*cked it up!!



After I read a few blogs on the how tos for reupholstering to figure out how much fabric I needed {not a whole lot of help because every chair was different!} I took a yard of fabric I had from a client project and laid out the pieces for each fabric.  I knew I wanted to have a print on the back and a solid on the front... so after some measuring I came up with 2 yards for the print and 3 yards for the solid.  Did I mention I have 2 wingback chairs, but only one fits in my current living room? SO that meant I had to double that to make sure I had enough for both.


Remember how I wanted to use the old fabric pieces for patterns and the metal teeth again... well I started to think why not use ALL of the stuff over again?  So I ripped everything apart and used the piping, the felt {that was attached to the fabric to pull it through}, the scary metal teeth, the foam, dacon wrap and even the zipper from the old chair.








I am beyond thrilled with the way the chair turned out!  I defiantly know what to do differently for the other chair... and that is the one that will probably end up being the actual chair in the living room, but for my first time... it is awesome!  I seriously smile ear to ear every time I walk up and down the stairs! 













Sorry for pic over load... but that is how happy I am with it!  It totally dawned on me the minute I was finished putting on the double welt to the legs that I should have refinished the legs of the chair.... oh well!  After talking to my Mom about when exactly she bought them we narrowed it down to about 20 years ago... so in 10 years when I am tired of the fabric and want to tackle this again I will, but the legs are fine for now!  

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41 comments:

Lauren said...

You did a fabulous job on this! The first time I recovered a chair, I found myself looking at it ALL the time from across the room, never sitting in it of course, because then I couldn't admire the work I had done! Great accomplishment!!

Suzanne said...

It looks awesome Tiffany! I love it:)

Q @ JAQS said...

Oh I LOVE the bold colors you chose! Georgous work.

I'm hosting a fabric giveaway this week over at my blog - stop by when you get a chance: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/08/fabric-love-21-fabric-giveaway-end-of.html

Holly said...

You did a great job with this chair! I found you over at Our Fifth House. I really love that you left the legs as is and spiced it up with a fun fabric. Great great job - enjoy it! I have the same Ikea side table and yours looks so cute next to that chair (I need to do some rearranging tonight - ha!)

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Oh my goodness this is GORGEOUS!!!! I have 2 wingbacks that I need to do. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Sweet!

southerninspiration said...

Oh my goodness, that's amazing!! Great job!

suzanne
P.S. I'm chicken.

Brooke said...

Holy cow! That is one amazing makeover! You did an outstanding job on that reupholstery. I love that fabric choice too!

Simple Dwellings said...

Wow- amazing! Great job! You are very talented at sewing. It looks flawless! I am your newest follower. :)I love the 2 fabrics together.

niartist said...

WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out: http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2011/08/picture-is-worth.html

See you soon, I hope!
Artie

SHERRY HART said...

Beautiful job....looks great and I love your choice of fabrics.

Anonymous said...

Love the material you used. Great job.

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose! I am now inspired to do a wingback. Great job!

Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} said...

Wow- you are brave! What a project. It turned out great. I recently gave some of my wingbacks a makeover, but I was too scared to try myself! I would love for you to "stop by" sometime and check them out.


http://www.thelovelycupboard.com/2011/08/my-chevron-wingbacks-made-it-big-on.html

Lynne said...

I have two wing backs from the eighties and I have been planning a reupholster for many months.

You are my inspiration.

My chair legs look like yours so I guess I will start there and then do YOUR step by step for the chairs.

I will let you know how they turn out!

Thank you . . .

Sabrina @ loulousucre said...

Great job!!! I really want to learn to upholster. It is so expensive at shops. You have definitely inspired me. I think that I will give it a try. I will let you know how they turn out.

BTW, love your blog. I'm your newest follower.

Traci said...

What a great job! I am working on my first upholstery project as well but I am a bit leery of the metal toothy stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.
Traci

La Belle Vie said...

Amazing! What a great job...love the fabric! I have a wing-back in good condition, but the fabric is not my taste anymore. You have inspired me, so maybe I'll get enough courage one of these days to tackle it.

Crafty Bitch said...

Great work, I am so inspired. I love the fun fabric.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Gorgeous choice of fabrics! I am super-impressed!
-Trish

Rebecca said...

OMGosh....I'm in lovvveee.....I wish I could sew ;) That fabric is beautiful, and I love the job you did on it! I will be 'followin' as I'm a sucker for your taste-thanks for sharing!

Cathy Wall said...

Love a great update on a standard issue chair, you hit the nail on the head. The fabric and application is perfect!

Cathy @ Room Rx

Melodie said...

Bravo, girl! I tackled two wingbackas, but they got the best of me and I eventually took them to a pro to be finished. I applaud you for sticking with it! Your fabric choices are great!

Maggie said...

Luv luv the colour you have chosen it looks awesome.
I will be honored if you will share it with our readers in our linking party at
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Thank you,
Maggie
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Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I LOVE your chair. I think it's awesome how it's all traditional in the front and a little wild in the back. I think you did a fantastic job. One of these days I'm going to reupholster something, and I'll have to keep this idea in mind.

Karen said...

That chair turned out amazing & you are very patient. I need to try this sometime but am not patient & good with fabric. :( Great job! K

Jenny said...

Looks great!

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

I ADORE this chair! Great fabric choices. My mom has one of these wingbacks in an old ugly fabric and I keep wondering what to do with it. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Vicki Nelson said...

Absolutely Fantastic. Great Job. xoxox Vicki

La-Dee-da crafter said...

You have been crowned a La-Dee-Da Diva!!!
I love this project!!
http://ladeedacreations.com/2011/08/diva-thursday-who-will-be-crowned-this-week-5/

Liz said...

Love this post! I once repurposed and old chair that I got for free from a neighbor that had a scalloped back and since I wanted to update the look, I cut the scallop off with a jigsaw to make a flat back and then reupholstered. Still using the chair today :)

Great work on your chair!

Peetu said...

This is beautiful! Love the colors and thanks a ton for the detailed instructions. Gives me a much needed shot of confidence to tackle something like this..

Huckleberry Con said...

Love the colors you chose. I like warm and love how you added the pizazz to the back so as not to overwhelm the room. Just absolutely Gorgeous!!! I have some really fav fabric I wanted to use - but was afraid of making the room too busy. I might try something similar to what you did and pull in the color with pillows on a similar couch or footstool. Again! You should consider doing more! Definitely!

outdoor furniture perth said...

Thanks for showing us how to re-upholster the chair. I would like to embark on a similar home venture.

Wendy Osborn said...

Sister!
Awesome job! Ok.... now you just inspired me to remove the quilt covering MY wing back chair and do something crazy! Perhaps a canvas - and I'll paint my own design on it! Thanks for the kick in the butt to get going!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the chair! And that fabric speaks to me!! Where did you get it? Love everything!!

Barbie said...

It looks great! And the fabric you chose for the back is EXACTLY the same fabric I want to use on the chair in my living room! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial on upholstering the wing back chair. Mine is in pieces in my front room right now- and your tips have made that bearable- Looking forward to completing this- is there an easier way to get the aligator clips open? Thanks again- I love it.

BrittanyMoss said...

Where did you buy the print fabric? The chair looks so great! What are you going to do different on the other chair. I have a wingback in my living room I am dying to do and have been too scared. With your instructions, I'm ready to tackle the project

BrittanyMoss said...

Where did you buy the print fabric? The chair looks so great! What are you going to do different on the other chair. I have a wingback in my living room I am dying to do and have been too scared. With your instructions, I'm ready to tackle the project

miss said...

So what would you do differently on your next chair? I'd love to hear all about your errors and how you plan not to make them again.

Anonymous said...

Does it have to be a certain type of fabric? I just bought a chair for $15 and I am going to use this tutorial! Thank you so much!