Monday, July 25, 2011

WingBack Chair Reupholester

Yeah you read that right,
I decided to take on reupholstering a wing back chair!
What was I thinking right!
Well, we got a hand me down red wing back chair from the in laws when we moved,
it was pretty but did not match my decor in our house.
Then when I bought the fabric for Sydney rocker
( read about recovering Sydney's rocker here
I fell in love with a blue print too,
the perfect print for the mismatched red wing back.
But (insert sad face) I was quoted $375 to have it done.
Yeah right!
So...I read a few blogs, and tutorials, watched a You Tube video or two and decided
 we (Alex & I) could pull it off!

Well with that being said let me just say that re upholstery is not for the faint of heart
 and there is a reason why it is so expensive!
I wouldn't say it was "hard" but it was very time consuming,
required a lot of brain power and well just a pain in the butt!
Alex even tried to throw the whole chair away at one point!
 But now it is finished and I'm so pleased with what we were able to do!

This is the chair in it's original red.
See nice right?
It just did not match at all in our house!

Then here are some photos of the process!

It was actually minimal sewing and mostly tucking and layering.
Most of the videos I watched referred to is as "layers of an onion"
It was such a learning experience and I'm so happy we did it!
And  I'm really proud of how well the pattern lined up down the center!
Brain power! lol!

(where the seat and the back meet)

It looks so much better in our living room now!
I'm so happy we stuck it out and did it!
A big thank you to Alex because he did the stapling
(the staple gun scares me)


  1. Great job, I'm soooo intimidated by reupholstery--but would love to actually learn to do it. Great fabric!

  2. This looks nice! I just got one from the dumpster, its tufted and its missing its legs. I hope that mine turns out as well as yours has.

  3. Wow! well done. I'm in the market for wing back chairs and might be contacting you for more as I attempt this:)

  4. This looks great!! I love the fabric that you used, so pretty. No one would ever know this was your first re-upholstery attempt.

  5. Awesome! Thanks for posting since I might possibly need to do this one day! :)

  6. thanks for the inspiring post I know it was not easy. I want to try this too

  7. I stumbled on this at the perfect time. I'm about to get two hand-me-down wing back chairs from my brother (who lived with three other people, two cats, and a VERY hyper dog while in college)and from what I'm told they need serious help. Now I know that it is possible!

  8. Holy crap Mor, that looks great!!

  9. Wow, that chair looks great! I have two waiting for me to recover--only I was thinking slipcovers would be easier. What do you think?

  10. Sandi @ Making It Homey said... It turned out beautiful. I love your fabric choice, I did one like that but I did it in a neutral color, playing it safe. I'm ready to do it over after seeing yours.

  11. It is absolutely possible! I encoursge you to try it! You will feel so accomplished when you pull it off! Just take your time!

  12. Looks great! I'm visiting from Organize and Decorate Everything! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at

    Hope to see you at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  13. Thanks for linking up to my party!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  14. Wow! This turned out great! I am so impressed! I would love if you would link up at my blog party at Share this with the world! I am your newest follower! :)

  15. I am always in awe of those who can make a slipcover or reupholster. You did a good job.

    I am hosting a party for newish bloggers. Come on by to check it out.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  16. I am trying to get the courage to take on this challenge myself. :) Thanks for linking up!