REUPHOLSTERED DESK CHAIR

July 8, 2014

Last summer, I wrote about a crazy beautiful desk chair I found at a yard sale for so, so cheap it maybe shouldn’t have been legal. The wood was in stellar condition. Its only flaw was a scratchy wood panel where a lovely upholstered cushion was just begging to be placed. An opportunity for my first upholstery project!

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I’m in the throws of doing a full upholstered chair re-do with Dave’s mom and it is intimidating! But we are to the point where I just need to go for it. I only work on that when I’m at my in-laws house, so this was my at-home baby step to pump myself up. First, I took the base off and flipped the chair piece over. I was not at all sure how hard it’d be to get the seat portion out, but it came out quickly with a few taps of the hammer.

REUPHOLSTERED DESK CHAIR from Rachel Schultz

The wood piece was my template to cut out the foam and batting. I did three layers of batting with 1 inch of foam. I trimmed the top edge of the foam too to make it rounded and less of a harsh square angle. All this done with none other than my serrated bread knife.

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With spray adhesive, I attached the foam to the wood. This would give it some more stability from sliding around while I was stapling on the fabric. (Which as a novice, I could use all the help I could get). The fabric was a lovely emerald green velvet that I found quite affordably at Jo-Ann’s. I only needed half a yard, so with a coupon it kept the price down quite well for such a luxurious cut.

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After that picture, I’m sure professional upholsterers are rolling their eyes/screaming/crying because of how “unconventional” my strategy was. But hey, I experimented and when flipped upright it looks quite good. The great thing about upholstering is mistakes are pretty easy to reverse; just remove your staple, and try again. There are a few wrinkles (around the corner in particular) that I will try to polish up another day.

REUPHOLSTERED DESK CHAIR from Rachel Schultz

Until our big upholstered arm chair project is finished, the desk chair is out there in the corner of the living room and our scrappy old chair is behind the desk. Once the arm chair is finished (soon?) he’ll be back behind the computer where he belongs. To see everything about this place we call home, take a tour of our apartment.

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Comments

  • Look at you! I love the rich green color you chose. It’s always fun to see how little changes make such a big impact.

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