Friday, November 18, 2011

Chair reveal!

The chairs are finally done!

This project was a big undertaking involving lots of research and prep work. I didn't love the upholstery books I read. I'm sure there are other wonderful books out there, but the emphasis in these seemed to be "hand big stuff over to a professional," which seemed especially odd for a DIY book.

Instead, I relied heavily on Jenny's tutorials on her blog, and this series of you tube videos (bonus that he is a Tom Arnold look-alike!). There are thirteen chapters to that you tube series, and it's incredibly thorough.

If you're comfortable enough to sew a pillow or simple curtain, and like to figure out how things are made and work together, then you can totally do this yourself. This project doesn't involve a lot of sewing - mostly stapling and hammering, but you should feel confident working with fabric and making cuts and folds.

Just for fun, here's a side-by-side comparison so we can all remember how ugly they were:

P.S. Here are the earlier posts on this project:


  1. I love how glossy the arms and legs are now! Amazing job. I am slightly less terrified to ever take on a task like this now.

    I love your French doors, by the way!

  2. Wow - so cute and sophisticated! I am WAY impressed.

  3. Oh my gosh, they look fantastic! Way to go! I love the fun mix of prints you have going on with the chairs, pillow, and rug (is that new, by the way?)!

    Have a lovely weekend, my friend!

  4. Holy Cow, I am so impressed! Nice work!!!!

  5. Kate, thank you! The shine is from polyurethane spray - one of my favorite products!

    Katie, thank you!

    Ashley, you are so good! It is a new rug. I found it at the Pine Cone Hill tent sale last month. Every year, Annie Selke makes a special rug for the Sundance film festival, and this is it! Got it for a song - you would be proud.

    Thanks so much, Kate!

  6. Julie these are beautiful!! I'm so impressed.

  7. Julie, you are a diy goddess! These look amazing! You're an inspiration to us all :)

  8. They look so amazing! If I get some free chairs will you do this to them?

  9. Julie I'm soooo impressed! You did a GREAT job!

  10. Way to go, Julie!! These look amazing!!

  11. Thank you all so much! I'm going to get a big (amateur upholsterer's) head!

    Sarah, yes I would, but I need at least a month off before doing it again :)


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