i should be mopping the floor: Arm Chair Makeover

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Arm Chair Makeover

This Arm Chair Makeover was quite the labor of love, y'all. I found out that reupholstering is not my jam (at least not a project that is this involved). But, I persevered and finished this arm chair with flying colors. This is also my Thrifty Style Team post this month...we have LOADS of thrifty ideas for you today. Check out my new arm chair and my friends' projects below.

Arm Chair Makeover
I've actually dabbled a bit in reupholstery before. So when I spotted a matching set of these 1990s chairs at an estate sale recently, I thought I totally could handle them. The intricacies of these chairs kind of took me down (so. much. piping.). Originally, I had intended to recover both of these chairs for our living room area, but this project quickly turned into one arm chair makeover only. I'm going to be taking the other one to a reupholstery shop. But, I am excited to share this one with you below...in all its recovered glory (along with a before pic, too!).
And of course, it's Thrifty Style Team day, too! So, there are LOADS of projects at the bottom of the post for you to check out.

Thrifty Style Team



Estate Sale Arm Chair Makeover

Estate Sale Chair
This arm chair. Man alive, y'all. What seemed like a somewhat simple project turned into a labor of love (or lack of sanity?). And while I'd love to say this is a tutorial of sorts...it's just not, y'all. I'm just sharing the outcome with you, today. Honestly, I don't feel completely qualified to share an actual tutorial to reupholster anything, at this point. But, I can tell you that this was definitely one of my favorite thrifty makeovers. Not only was the chair a thrifty find (at an estate sale on our own street), I grabbed the fabric a month prior at Goodwill for five bucks and a bit of change. It was twenty yards. I mean...come on. Thankfully, I still have plenty to take to my local upholstery shop. 

The Original 1990s Arm Chair

Club Chair
The above is where we started out. A bit worn and loved, but a great chair, nonetheless (minus all of the cat hair that now sits in the bottom of my shop vac...bleh). As you can see from the above photo, I did a more traditional pillow instead of the cushion-style pillow for the end result. I just preferred the look of the square pillow (plus it was way easier to adding piping to the edges).

Accent Chair Makeover
I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's by no means perfect. But, it's definitely done. I added it to our family room corner for now...and I'm loving how it looks with our blue velvet sofa and all of the jewel tones going on in here.

Blue Velvet Sofa
This is what the other side of this room looks like.

Reupholstery with Piping Trim
And, here's a few of the details that I'm proud of on this arm chair makeover. I really am happy with the double piping trim. 

How to Reupholster an Arm Chair
I did a single piping trim on the cushion and back pillow.

Pillow with Piping Trim
While I loathe working with piping, I do love how it looks. I used my Classic Envelope Pillow tutorial for this pillow with the trim addition that I shared in this tutorial for a pillow with pom pom fringe.

Complete Chair Makeover
A little side-by-side of this arm chair makeover.

Bright and Colorful Arm Chair
Be sure to check out all of my friends' Thrifty Style Team posts below! They always have the best ideas, y'all.




Colorful Plaid Arm Chair
What are your favorite estate sale finds?





29 comments:

  1. What!?? This is seriously gorgeous and you rocked it, friend!! But I feel your pain..redoing a chair is a nightmare! Good on you fir seeing it through!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! Yes, a ton of work...not sure I can ever face that again! HA! ;)

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  2. Beautiful makeover, Kristi! Your use of color (and talent!) always leave me inspired.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary Beth! I really appreciate that, sweet friend.

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  3. I'm getting ready to redo a couple of chairs myself and this gives me so much inspiration! Thank you! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! Hope your projects go well!

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  4. That looks like a lot of work but came out beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda Lou! I really appreciate that. xoxo

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  5. it is gorgeous! The colours go so well with the jewel tones in the room. Twenty yards for five dollars? I am never that lucky!

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    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! Yes, I literally had to pinch myself. My husband was with me and was all "are you sure you need that much fabric?". Ummmm...YES! :)

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  6. Piping is the WORST!!! I totally feel your pain on that my friend but you did such an amazing job on the chair and that fabric is fabulous! Now you need to just sit in it with a cocktail until the memory of the process fades away. LOL!

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    1. Right?!? That's totally the way to recuperate! Thank you so much, Vanessa! xoxo

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  7. You rock Kristi! Your chair is gorgeous! I've reupholstered a little chair before so I know how hard it is. Love your choice of fabric too. It totally fits in your room.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristi! I really appreciate that!! xoxo

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  8. I can't believe you found that fabric at Goodwill!! It is so fun and it goes in your family room so perfectly!! That room is just so darn happy!!! Your hard work is inspiring!!

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    1. Awww...I really appreciate your kind words, Dawn! And gosh, that fabric may go down as my greatest Goodwill find, yet! Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  9. You do color so great, I love that makeover!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bliss! I really appreciate that. xoxo

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  10. Great makeover. I love how colorful it is!

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  11. Kristi ~ WOW!!! Truly a labor of love, and very nicely done. You are amazing (and an inspiration)!!

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    1. Oh goodness, thank you so much for your kind words, Laura!

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  12. That fabric and your upholstery job are both simply amazing! I have never attempted to upholster anything other than simple chair bottoms! I am so impressed with what you have done here!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Jane! I may have to just stick to chair bottoms from now on...this one almost did me in! HA!

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  13. Kristi,
    You have the patience of Job. Your work is incredible. I think I might have started, got frustrated and walked away.
    Your fabric is perfect for the style.
    Very impressive, my friend.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, sweet friend. This may be the only area of my life with patience, though...LOL! ;)

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  14. I love the colors. Your chair turned out nice. I appreciate the work that you put into it. I have done some upholstery and it is definitely more difficult than it looks. I worked where they had an upholstery machine with all of the attachments, an air gun stapler, and lots of tools. A few years ago I decided to tackle a chair that my grandparents had had that my sister now owns, without all of those tools. I did finish it but it took me a while. It was definitely a labor of love.

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    1. Thank you so much! That sounds like a great place to work...with all of those tools. I did break down and purchase and air gun stapler about a fourth of the way through...made it so much easier. I bet your chair turned out lovely!! xoxo

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