Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Reupholstered Chair

CJ picked up this pair of chairs off the curb back before we got married. They have a modern look, but aren't TOO modern. They are sturdy and surprisingly comfortable. Upon close inspection, you can tell a cat tried to use them as a scratching post once upon a time, but they are still good chairs. The picture below is when we had them in our old apartment...

A few years ago, my mom bought us some fabric to reupholster them with. I had chosen the fabric back in our first year of marriage, but never really expected to get any. It was more of a dream project. But one day while shopping with my mom at JoAnn Fabrics (our favorite store!), she saw it in the clearance section and commented on how nice a fabric it was. I told her it was the fabric I had wanted to use to reupholster our chairs, so she said she'd buy it for us for Christmas!

(I think it was even cheaper than that. I think it was an additional 50% off and turned out to be like $4.50 a yard! That's quite a deal for home decor fabric! Mom bought us 10 yards.)


That was about 3 years ago. And we have finally gotten around to reupholstering one of the chairs!

The reason it's taken so long is that we were really just too intimidated to do it. We had even considered just taking the chairs and the fabric to a professional upholstery place. But 2 weeks ago, CJ had a vacation week from work and while he was in super-DIY-handy-husband-house-project-mode, he figured out how to take the chair apart, and we found out that it wasn't so difficult! Just unscrew a few screws, take out the panels, cover panels with fabric, reinstall panels and put the screws back in! It's so simple! So during his vacation, CJ busted out his screwdriver and staple gun and finally reupholstered one of the chairs!
:D

I'm really loving the look of the chair now! I'm looking forward to when we have time to do the other one!

And Terra seems to approve as well. She went and curled up in the chair as soon as we were done!

You can lay on it...just as long as you don't scratch on it, kitty!

2 comments:

Melissa said...

Love the new look you gave the chair and much applause to CJ for the undertaking!!!

I have always wanted to learn how to upholster. Especially with pets. One of our sweet little Cattledogs has begun chewing on an overstuffed chair--this is the same Cattledog that gutted a couch, then began on the 2nd couch, chews the pillows on our bed...the list goes on and on.

Some day my furniture will be safe. Maybe. Guess it doesn't matter in the long run.

But I'd still like to learn how to reupholster!

Melissa said...

Love the new look you gave the chair and much applause to CJ for the undertaking!!!

I have always wanted to learn how to upholster. Especially with pets. One of our sweet little Cattledogs has begun chewing on an overstuffed chair--this is the same Cattledog that gutted a couch, then began on the 2nd couch, chews the pillows on our bed...the list goes on and on.

Some day my furniture will be safe. Maybe. Guess it doesn't matter in the long run.

But I'd still like to learn how to reupholster!