Thursday, October 27, 2011

Big plans for ugly chairs

I brought two of these hideous chairs home earlier this week. They are sitting pretty ugly in my living room, just waiting to be shed that yellow/green/brown leather skin. I have big plans for these guys!

Since these chairs were free, I want to give myself license to play around a bit, and I'm going to try re-upholstering them myself! I've been watching this helpful series of video tutorials, and have taken a few how-to books out of the library. I'm a little nervous about ruining the chairs (and pretty upholstery fabric) but this is something I've wanted to try for a while, and this seems like a great learning opportunity.

Right now I'm trying to decide between pretty, busy patterns or something very plain. I'm going to steer clear of stripes and geometric stuff because those would be harder to match up correctly. I'll definitely keep you posted as this project progresses. If you have any brilliant tips, I'd love to hear!


  1. Oooh, these chairs are going to be so great when you're done with them. And good for you for trying a new skill--upholstery is something I'm too nervous to try.

    Are you planning on painting or refinishing the legs and arms at all?

  2. What a fun project Julie! Can't wait to see how they turn out!

  3. ooh! so exciting - cannot wait to see what the final outcome is.

  4. Ashley, I am going to paint the legs! I'm waiting to see what fabric I end up with, but I'm thinking grey or glossy black.

    Melissa and Brie, thanks so much! Hopefully I'll be able to post soon that's its done and was a total breeze (wishful thinking!).

  5. I have no tips to share, but I can't wait to see what you do!


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