reupholstery

A Reveal: Upholstery that took nearly 10 months

Today, I’m guest posting for Brittany of My. Daily. Randomness. while she’s out of the country for business. Be sure to pop over there to check it out!


Last fall, I bought this chair and excitedly shared my plans to reupholster it with you.

What followed was a long drawn out saga in which I teased you all with the possibility of a finished product.

For 10 months.

  1. I ripped the whole thing apart.
  2. I called on you guys to help me pick the fabric.
  3. I gave you a peek of how far I’d gotten because I got tired of keeping it a secret.
  4. I bought a second project before finishing the first.
So, can you imagine how excited I am to show you this? 
It’s finished! 
As I mentioned in this post, I was stuck on two things: the cushion and the trim, the covering-the-staples bit. I had picked up three boxes of decorative nails, but looking at them, I had no idea how I was going to get them close enough to actually hide the nail and the ugly seam along the top line of the chair. I was setting myself up for disappointment.
Last week, I stopped in at Fabricland in North York (which is closing, sadly, so everything is on sale for ridiculous prices) and found myself staring at their slim collection of trim. I pulled up my blog on my phone, found the fabric swatch post and examined my Varenna Stone fabric from Tonic Living as best I could on the tiny screen. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and snatched a trim off the shelf. 
I chose a simple silver, a cool trim to match the blue. 
Thank goodness – it worked.
And the cushion? Well, I just went for it. I had been a little uncertain about doing the cushion in the same colour; after all, it seemed like a lot of pattern in our little living room. But, I didn’t have any other upholstery fabric and I really wanted to get this off my mind, out of the way, and all the ugly green fabric – which I kept to use as a template – in the garbage. 
Seeing it all together, I’m content.
It may not be as polished as what a professional upholsterer could do. There may be a few extra wrinkles and the seams may not last long. The cushion may fit slightly awkwardly in its cover. But this whole thing was an incredible learning experience. 
Will I do it again? Um… do I have much choice? Of course, I’ll be doing this again, probably sooner rather than later, and armed with a whole lot more information and experience. But I think I might take a break for a while. Just a while.

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