My first reupholstered chair

So I’m going to be honest…I totally winged this project. I’ve never reupholstered anything before. I skimmed some DIY’s on pinterest (yes, skimmed, as i really don’t have time for much more these days!) and figured it could be done. What have I got to lose except a $30 chair from Ikea 😉 Overall, i’m totally happy with how it turned out. I absolutely love it, and now i want to reupholster just about every chair in my house.

This isn’t a reupholstering tutorial as I am such an amateur! But I’ll show you how i did it. For those of you that have been following me, you’ll know that I’m incredibly laid back when it comes to crafting – I just do what works! That being said…WARNING for you reupholstering gurus out there, you might want to avert your eyes at my reupholstering skills…or lack thereof? 😐

First I cut enough fabric to give me plenty of leftover for wrapping around the entire seat cushion. I didn’t have to add any batting or cushion since the Ikea chair I bought already came cushioned.

Then I had fun with my husband’s staple gun. I started by stapling the fabric to all four sides of the chair (starting with opposite sides) making sure it was nice and taught.

And then I pretty much butchered the corners and stapled the hell outta them until they lay nice and flat. Hah! I told you this isn’t a tutorial! Hey, have you ever wrapped a Christmas present before? If yes, then you can do this! ;-p

 After finishing the corners, I trimmed all the excess fabric to tidy it up.

Lastly, I screwed the legs onto the seat using the notorious Ikea hex-wrench (it’s amazing how much furniture you can put together with that wrench!). And tah-dah! I’ve got myself a custom reupholstered chair for my new crafting space. I’m a happy mama. 🙂

11 Responses to My first reupholstered chair

  1. Danielle Hudson September 12, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    You did such a nice job! It's so pretty!

  2. Patty K September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Excellent!! Love your fabric choice.

  3. Ruth September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Thats exactly how I would have done it! You did fabulous! and your design is sooo straight. Gread Job!

  4. Kelsey September 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Awesome! Love the fabric you chose 🙂

  5. Heidi Staples September 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Okay, now I want to reupholster every chair in my house too…

    This looks fantastic!!

  6. Kathleen O'Grady September 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Great job! I love the fabric. You make it look sooo easy 😉

  7. Nanci September 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Ok, it looks professional to me! And the fabric makes it a one of a kind little stool.

  8. Eulalia Isabel September 19, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Buen trabajo.


  9. Georgia Welch October 5, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I love it…. You did such a great job…. It looks very professional…. I'm going to say it again; I LOVE IT….

  10. Bean Bags December 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    The author is sharing the first up reupholstered chair is given in the post here. Useful post

  11. Marijke Johanson November 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I like it!

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