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Before & After: Grandma’s Old Chair Reupholstered

April 1, 2014

Back in the fall of 2010 I inherited a chair from my Grandma. I had told my Grandma that if ever she was wanting to get rid of said chair, I would gladly take it off her hands. And now, 3.5 years later…it’s finally finished!

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This project alone is the main reason why I shouldn’t fuss so much about Tim taking forever to do our basement. In the same amount of time it took him to gut and redo our entire basement I finally got a chair reupholstered. With a bit of professional help I have to add. I don’t know why I was dragging my feet so much about this project. Actually, I do know why…because I was in way over my head with it.

I’ve always liked the general shape and the details, just not the fabric. The original mustard yellow fabric wasn’t my favorite and the cushions had seen better days, so I had always planned to reupholster it. It just took me longer than I ever planned! So this is how the chair looked when it was given to me. The fabric was actually one giant piece, so the cushions and the frame were all connected.

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And then I got some new fabric with the intentions of me doing the work on it. Well, I made some mediocre cushions and got stuck on the frame so the chair then sat like this for a couple of years.

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This past fall I had had enough of looking at the half done chair and finally decided to call in professional help. I found a place with a great quote and good reviews and dropped it off. I love the new fabric I picked out (a white cotton that looks more like a linen), but I wasn’t happy with the upholstery shop’s service. They had my chair for 3 months when they were only suppose to have it for 6 weeks. I felt like since the chair was a small project compared to what they’re used to, it kept getting pushed back. Thankfully, they were able to use the foam I had already purchased, so I was able to save a bit of money. I could have bought a brand new chair for what I spent overall, but I really do love this chair and hope it will be with me for a very long time!

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I love how my little reading nook is finally coming together—just need to get some art hung above the chair!

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—m.

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