First Time For Everything...Right?

April 19, 2010

So I reupholstered my first piece of furniture this past week...it was scary....it was fun....and it was very rewarding!

I found this chair and ottoman on craigslist for $20.00!

Here it is un-touched:
The poor lady I bought it from she had no idea how to reupholster ( I learned from her mistakes ;)!) The fabric was busting at the seams and way WAY stained!

I decided to put the chair and ottoman in our room where the color scheme is navy, white, and pops of red....we're pretty patriotic ;). So I painted the chair frame and ottoman in a glossy navy paint which I LOVE! I also found the most perfect sheet set at Ross to recover the chair cushions and ottoman, it worked out great!

Here it is:

Remember when I said HERE that using sheets can be a better cost effective solution when reupholstering? It really is great because it is WAY cheaper than buying fabric at a fabric store, since you will most likely have to purchase furniture fabric which is larger but costs more per yard. I even had fabric left over for some other projects I have in mind ;). Try it out for sure!

Ready for the finished product...?

Ready or not here it comes!!

Ooooh la-la right? I even did all the cording all by myself...! Aren't you proud? Do you have furniture that you would like to refinish too? Have questions? Feel free to email me I would love to help! This really turned out to be easier than I thought it would be, all it took was some extra measuring and a little time. Don't be afraid of reupholstering it really is easier than it looks, and it is so rewarding in the end. So quit your belly aching and just DO IT ;)! I know you can, plus if I can being a totally spazz you for sure can ;)!

So what do you guys think? Much better right? Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great day!! Love, love.

You can find me linking up HERE!!

86 comments :

  1. All by yourself? Impressive! Nice job!

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  2. You did a great job! I love the colors you used. Cording scares me to death, so I'm super impressed with how your chair turned out!

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  3. Great job! My first upholstery project is coming soon - hope I do this well!

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  4. SO CUTE! Wish I knew how to sew :(

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  5. Ooo love it! can't wait to decorate my new house soon! :) itchin' to get creative....

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  6. oh boy, that looks like it would take patience! maybe that is why i have never re-upholstered anything!?
    Great job, love how frugally you were able to do this!
    Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

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  7. Tha is AMAZING! I wish i could tackle big projects like this, i'ma chicken though :)

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  8. What a great redo. Looks wonderful!

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  9. Wow it looks great! I love the colors now

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  10. What a deal!!!! Beautiful makeover. Be blessed. Cindy

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  11. That looks fantastic! You really did a great job with it!

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  12. You did a wonderful job. I agree with using sheets instead of buying fabric.

    I have to get up the courage to do a chair. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. I Love this! Super cute! I would love it if you linked up to my Talk About it Tuesday party because you have such cute ideas!

    http://bloggerchixdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/04/im-currently-reading-marketing-book.html

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  14. Morg that is great ! Very cute ! How do you do the cording ??

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  15. How the heck did you do the cording? It looks brand new.... Promise when I move into my new house you are hired!!

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  16. You did awesome!! LOVE IT! I really love the fabric and using sheets is such a great idea! The cording just sets it off beautifully and it looks custom!

    Great job!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  17. Simply gorgeous! Love the fabric you used. What a great transformation - fabulous job!

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  18. I love it! You did a great job!

    And thanks for the idea to use sheets to recover items! That will be helpful.

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  19. I AM proud of you. :) Great finds and yes, you must be a patient one. I don't think I could ever attempt piping!

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  20. virginia, it is absolutely awesome!! you got serious skills.

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  21. Great job! I have been trying to get up the nerve to make a slicover for my couch. Have you ever done that? Any pointers would be appreciated!
    Come see me @
    www.happyfamilyhappykids.blogspot.com

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  22. Have you submitted this to Better After? I think they'd love it! http://betterafter.blogspot.com/

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  23. MO!! I need to know how you did that cording!! SO darling, I LOVE IT. You talented little thing!

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  24. What a great deal and what a great transformation! You really did a super job on it.♥

    I'm visiting for Three or More Tuesday..would love to have you drop by when you have a chance.

    Have a wonderful day...

    Hugs,
    Stephanie ♥

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  25. That was one UGLY chair! haha Now its NOT!!! Thanks for linking this to our Anything Related Party!
    ~Bridgette

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  26. what a huge change! I love how your chair turned out!
    gail

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  27. Looks lovely! Great job!
    BOn @ Drab to Fab

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  28. Good job well done.
    I never thought about usind bedsheets for reupholstering. Thank you for the tips.

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  29. Oh wow I just wonder how you do it. It's beautiful!

    2nd Time around~Blue Jars

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  30. Oh my, what a great job you did. I really want to try to reupholster a chair I have. Yours turned out gorgeous. Great idea with the sheets. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  31. Hey! Great job! I tagged you in a blog game and wrote about it on my anniversary post...you can join in if you would like! Thanks for the sweet comments!

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  32. Awesome $20.00 chair...luv her makeover...she looks so stunning!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  33. Oh my goodness! I am SO impressed! i just found your blog and am blown away!! I could never do that!! :)

    I've been scrolling down, browsing at older posts too and the scrabble sign is awesome! I may actually attempt to make that one! :)

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  34. Great job! It looks really pretty.

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  35. Crazy! You are so talented it's just amazing. I love how it turned out. Want to come over, I've got a few sofa's that could use your handiwork! Great job!

    Stop by and check out my giveaway.

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  36. Wonderful! It turned out wonderful! and thank you for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"... would love to see our link here too ;)

    cielo

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  37. I'm super impressed!! Sheets are the best, a lot of fabric for a great price. Ps: I mentioned your cute blog today on mine!

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  38. What a transformation! Great job!

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  39. that looks great! i am so impressed. i have a chair that i desperately want to recover, but i'm terrified. also, it is the weiner dog's domain, so i need a fabric that won't show his hair. :)

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  40. What a great job. I love the fabric you chose.

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  41. Very Pretty! I love how it turned out.
    -Crystal

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  42. Great Job, nice to meet you

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  43. Thank you for showing this wonderful $20.00 chair and ottoman you have made over on Tea Time Tuesday! I can see a little side table with a napkin or scarf with a cup of tea, out of your left overs, or a tray with this wonderful sheet you used for the fabric! Yes, sheet are wonderful to use for this, I also have tablecloths ready to redo some of my old antique chairs! You did such a great job! I adore the colors! So charming! Can't wait to see what you do with the left over fabric! Just love the pattern and colors you chose for this wonderful makeover!

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  44. Looks fabulous! love the print, I recently bought wallpaper almost identical :)

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  45. This is an awesome idea-never considered using anything other than fabric from the fabric store. This will really fit my budget much better. :)

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  46. WOW! great job! I have used the sheet trick too and I love it! I think your chair would look great with a red pillow on it! :)

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  47. the chair looks great. you did a really nice job. it was fun to see the pictures. (that's a great idea about using sheet fabric.)

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  48. So beautiful! I love the fabric you chose.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

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  49. WOW! I'm totally loving your chair..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party.

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  50. You did a great job! I love the fabric with contrasting black on the chair.
    Joy

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  51. The chair redo looks great. Love the fabric you chose. Great job. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  52. Nice Nice job lady:)
    Like your blog, and the name makes me sing!
    xoxoxo
    bB
    p.s. Im a new follower

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  53. What a screamin' deal and you made it all the more lovely and wonderful. Thanks for linking up to BTPF.

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  54. Very, very awesome! Good job!

    Nancy

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  55. Great job! Nice touch to an old chair :D

    * I found you on NFF *

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  56. Stopping by from New Friend Friday. I'm following you now! Hope you can stop by and follow me, too. :)

    http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/tweepoppets

    By the way, I'm starting a NEW BLOG HOP!!! It's called Tuesday Tag-Along, and it premieres this coming Tuesday! I hope you'll be there to join in the fun!



    WOW, great job! Love it! :D

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  57. Following you from Trendy Treehouse's Friday Follow! Great Blog. Absolutely love your background and you have great variety. LOVE THIS CHAIR!!!!I will enjoy checking in to see what you have done next!

    Come by and enter my CSN/Rachael Ray Giveaway:
    http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com

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  58. Looks like a really comfy chair! Great makeover!

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  59. I love me some Craigslist too! My Mom just got an AWESOME dining room set from Hooker that is STILL in the showrooms at $3000 for only $500!! LOVE it!! :) & love your chair!

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  60. That is so incredible - I'd be so afraid to try that myself - the cording alone would turn me away. What a beautiful finished product. Found you from Fireflies and Jellybeans!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jen @ Noting Grace

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  61. Wow! Looks amazing...you should be proud!

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  62. Wow! That looks amazing!!! I love it! The fabric is fabulous!

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  63. It's gorgeous! I love every inch of it. And that sheet looks better than a lot of fabric I've seen that people have paid through the nose for. ;) Yea for innovative ideas!

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  64. You did a great job at this chair. I have attempted to do cording several times with no luck, I am very impressed. I a visiting from New Friend Friday! And now a follower!

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  65. What a great find. I was just looking on CL and nadda. This looks so much better, nice job!

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  66. Looks great!

    Every time I see your name, I think of the Hey Dahlia song.. I mean, it's totally not the name. But that's what I refer to you as now.

    That's not weird right?

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  67. It turned out fantastic! The contrasting piping looks great!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

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  68. Hi,

    That looks beautiful almost like an expensive toile fabric. You are a genius Virginia. I'm connecting with Show Off Your Cottage Monday. Take care!

    Anne-Marie

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  69. Holy crap! Way to go! i've always wanted to try upholstering, but been to scared. Looks so much better!! Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group. I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness! :)
    Linda

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  70. Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it! I hope you will join again.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  71. Oh, just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week - beautiful chair!

    Chelsea

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  72. Hi,
    I followed you over from the link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

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  73. WOW! That turned out great. You really did a fantastic job. The colors are great too. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  74. Hi,
    I followed you over from the link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

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  75. Oh my, what a great job you did. I really want to try to reupholster a chair I have. Yours turned out gorgeous. Great idea with the sheets. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  76. It's gorgeous! I love every inch of it. And that sheet looks better than a lot of fabric I've seen that people have paid through the nose for. ;) Yea for innovative ideas!

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  77. What a screamin' deal and you made it all the more lovely and wonderful. Thanks for linking up to BTPF.

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  78. Tha is AMAZING! I wish i could tackle big projects like this, i'ma chicken though :)

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  79. oh boy, that looks like it would take patience! maybe that is why i have never re-upholstered anything!?
    Great job, love how frugally you were able to do this!
    Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

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  80. the chair looks great. you did a really nice job. it was fun to see the pictures. (that's a great idea about using sheet fabric.)

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  81. You did a great job! I love the colors you used. Cording scares me to death, so I'm super impressed with how your chair turned out!

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  82. It turned out fantastic! The contrasting piping looks great!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

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