Upholstered Chair Makeover (twins)

I found these beautiful chairs for $5 each. Pretty fabric? [sarcasm]


I’ve REALLY wanted to do some upholstery lately and thought these would be a good project to get started with. I’ve never upholstered anything to this magnitude before (let alone 2 of them), more-so smaller chairs or slipcovers that I’ve sewn. Here we go…


I removed the top layer of fabric and found this delightful red underneath. At least the nice legs are still exposed.


I actually considered leaving them red, but the fabric is a little outdated and faded (and it wasn’t upholstery fabric). Plus, I knew it wasn’t the original fabric and my curiosity got the best of me…and I had to see what was underneath!


I used one of the layers I removed as my pattern for the new upholstery fabric.
Note: Keep what you removed as your pattern, and remember the order you removed it!


Rather than purchasing trim, I made my own (double-welting is what it’s called in upholstery terms). Here’s what it looks like.


And Ta-Da!!!!! I also made a nice little pillow to add a pop of color.


I love the way they turned out, so pretty, simple, clean and elegant!

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  • JaBro
    on May 29, 2019

    Oh, my! Gorgeous! I have a theory similar chair that the cats have ripped apart. I’m going to tackle this project. Can you tell me how many yards of fabric you used?

  • Kristen
    on Jul 1, 2019

    Either this article is missing a section or I am supposed to know how to do the whole middle part which BTW is the redoing part on the chair itself. It says remove fabric, cut new fabric using it as a pattern, make cording.... then it skips to “ta da ... I made a pillow “ so can someone please explain how to sew the fabric on, how to attach the cord, etc.? It there a secret to getting it super tight like this one so it doesn’t look DYI. Thanks so much!

    • Vic22156704
      on Jul 15, 2019

      I upholster, and it is not as easy as she made it sound. Looks great and she was very lucky to find 2 matching chairs, but there's a lot more involved. Best not to cut the fabric to exactly fit the piece you took off. You need something to grab on to so that you will be able to stretch over the frame!


  • Lisa Fauerbach
    on Jul 13, 2019

    They’re gorgeous. I have chair envy😍😍😍

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