Bargain Reupholstered Chair

I showed all of you the insanity that lives in my garage on Monday. In my defense that photo was taken before I decided to knock out a bunch of furniture projects last weekend. Let me introduce you to my new favorite chair.



This chair is a mess, but I thought it had great structure and the wood was in good shape. It only had minor bumps and bruises in the finish, but the bottom needed to be sanded down completely. I got this beauty duck tape included at LCM for $3, yes $3!

The bottom was in serious need of some help. Looks like I wasn’t the first to redo this chair. I gutted it and thankfully the foam was in really good shape. I gave it a coat of my Dark Walnut Rustoleum spray paint, but ran out. I was dealing with some patchiness (is that a word?). Thankfully I had some oil rubbed bronze and sprayed a VERY light coat which helped cover up the spots I missed.
After the paint dried I added another layer of cotton batting, my fabric, & hot glued the trim. This took a total of 3 hours, but could have gone faster if my daughter wasn’t trying to give me a heart attack every 5 minutes. She wanted to either climb on top while I was stapling my fabric or find stray staples and put them in her mouth. I was stressed and was so thankful to be done.
Yes, that sweet little girl was being a real pain in the a** while I was working, but she’s one and one year olds like to be “helpful”.  My little monkey is attached to the hip so I figure she just wanted to help her mommy out.
Can you believe that this transformation only cost me a total of $14.80? I’ll break it down for you below.

Cost Breakdown
Chair -$3
Upholstery Fabric- $8.85 (1.3 yds total, was on sale plus I had an extra 25% off coupon)
Trim- $2.95 (.59/yd x 5 yds)
Batting- $0 (Leftovers from my memo board project)
Spray Paint- $0 (Leftover from my living room shelves and dresser revamp)
Staples/Gun- $0 (Already owned)
I’m really happy with how it turned out and now it sits right next to my new antique dresser. It makes me smile.

This lady is off to bed. Well, off to bed after I finish up some orders for my little Etsy business. Stay tuned for another huge transformation this week. Lets just say it’s French and painted Paris Grey *tease* Night!!!


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    Decor & Harmony @ 4290 says:

    Such a great chair the fabric is so cheery. I like your blog….stop by for a visit.

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks! Following your blog now, love the work you do!

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    craftedniche says:

    Adorable! What a cute cute chair. Is it difficult to reupholster? How did you attach the fabric?

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:


    It's really not difficult to reupholster, just very time consuming. I used upholstery staples I bought at home depot for cheap. I used the old fabric as a pattern and stapled along the inside of the wood frame and covered the staples with the trim. The bottom cushion also came off which made it must easier.

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    Craft Crazy Mom says:


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    craftedniche says:

    @Craft Crazy Mom Sounds do-able! Maybe next time I come across a project upholstered chair I might ACTUALLY bring it home! :-) Thanks!

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