January 22, 2011

Parsons Chair Re-Upholstery

I have always wanted to learn how to re-upholster furniture.  Just think of the possibilities!! Every once in a while, I consider signing up for an upholstery class at the community college in town, but I have never actually gone through with it.

Recently, I was working on the revamp of my home "studio/office" (reveal coming soon) and this old, ratty chair was begging me for some lovin'.  My original plan was to buy a ready made slip cover to hide the cat scratches. 
I don't know how to explain it, but something just made me stop what I was doing and investigate how this thing was put together.  I started tugging at the backing and pulling off piece after piece!  I kept thinking to myself, "oh crap, what have I done?"!  The next thing I knew, the chair was bare.  The good news was that I now had an idea of how it was constructed and I was confident that I could breathe new life into it in no time.      

I went to work cutting and pinning fabric.  I whipped out my sewing machine to sew what I needed to.  I am not much of a seamstress, but I can manage a few straight seams here and there. 

I am pleased as punch (yeah, I said "pleased as punch", what???) with the outcome!
I did have to improvise by adding the blue banding and nail head trim to cover where the skirt attaches, but that's okay!  I actually like how the blue ties into the rest of the room and it gives it a modern twist.   

It's safe to say that there will be more re-upholstery attempts in my future! You never know what you can do until you try:)


  1. Looks amazing!!! And I love the trim and nailhead!

  2. I love the sheen and shine. Gorgeous!


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