How to Reupholster a French Chair | Makeover Reveal

It’s finished! I have been teasing you all for quite some time now about this French chair project.



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It was a thrift store find, and I was excited to try my hand at upholstery again after working on a French Settee last summer.  The chair’s structure was sound, but the wood was scratched and faded and the fabric was well, terrible.  Now here it is after a paint and re-paint, and with new, modern fabric.

 



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It’s pretty amazing! I promised a walk-through of the process, so here we go.  Warning in advance, there are alot of pictures!

First step in any upholstery project is removing the old fabric.  I started with pulling out the buttons, then, using some needle nose pliers, slowly ripped off the trim.



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Don’t rip too hard or too fast, you want to try and keep the fabric intact.  Some of the upholstery nails and staples will come out with the fabric along the way, some will stay stuck.  Here is what the chair looks like when all the fabric is removed.

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here is batting, over horse hair, over the burlap and webbing structure of the chair.  Why the painter’s tape?  The padding and horse hair was in fine shape, so I wanted to keep it held in place so I could reuse it later. On a lighter note, check out what I found in one of the sides.



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Haha, ick! Makes you wonder what sort of vermin are hiding in your own furniture . . .

The chair sat that way for a week or two, and every few days I would spend some time pulling out the remaining staples and nails.  I don’t have any fancy tools for this, just a screwdriver and pliers. It’s a tiring job, but the more nails you can remove the better. It gives you more clean area for your own staples and nails you will use later when it comes time to add the fabric.



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Side note, I keep the nails I pull out.  They come in handy in the stapling process when you’re trying to attach fabric in a tight spot where the staple gun won’t fit.

After removing the staples and nails, I painted the frame.  My plan starting out was a light gray wash look, which I achieved through dry brushing.  I wrote about that process here if you missed it.



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I loved the way the finish turned out, but it just didn’t look right with my chosen fabric.  I didn’t want to buy new fabric, so I decided to change the paint.  I took a wet rag and wiped off about half of the paint, focusing on leaving in the cracks of the frame.  I then painted one light coat of ASCP Aubusson Blue.  On top of the blue, I dry brushed again a little of the ASCP French Linen.  After the paint, I wiped down the chair again, exposing a good bit of the wood. The result was the perfect finish–the blue highlighted the fabric better, but the gray and wood poking through added depth and kept the finish from being too bright. Happy with the frame now, I moved on to the fabric.



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Lay out your fabric, paying attention to pattern if any.  Then lay out the pieces removed from your project.  To give myself a little more wiggle room, I cut around the pieces about another inch.



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You can skip this part and just lay your fabric up on the furniture, staple some and start cutting it out.  But that gets messy and I have found wastes fabric.  Making a pattern keeps there from being too much excess fabric getting in the way while you work.

Once all the fabric pieces were cut, I started stapling them onto the chair.  Always start with the front, leaving the back exposed.  You need access to the back to find the “guts” of the chair where you will be stapling on your fabric.



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This is the bottom seat cover, being stapled on to the top of the wooden base.  You can see the holes from the original nails down by the blue paint . . . keep that area open for your back fabric staples.

The front back and sides came next. I laid the fabric pieces out on the front, then tucked the ends down through to the back.



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Here is that side panel being pulled through.  I actually flipped up this piece and stapled it to the unpainted wood frame piece above. Staple a few anchor staples in the back, then moving to the front, pull the fabric tight and staple around the panel.



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This is the front seat, and like I mentioned above, it was handy in places to reuse those upholstery nails.  The staple gun generally won’t get the staples all the way in, so you need to tap them in with a hammer.  I have a little hammer that I use.  When working in tight places, the smaller the hammer the better.



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Once the front panels are all pulled tight and stapled on, you can start on the back.  This where it gets fun because you cover up all those chair guts and front staples.



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When all the stapling is finished, it’s time to trim off any excess fabric with some sharp sewing scissors, then add your trim with a hot glue gun. The trim does wonders for hiding any small errors.



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I like to apply the glue to the trim, hold it out from the piece with my left hand, and gently push it into the frame with my right thumb.  You don’t want to pull the trim tight, but keep it loose so you can maneuver it into corners.  I have given myself some second degree burns from this process before, and I’ve learned holding it out this way protects my hands and the fabric the best.



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I have no professional upholstery skills, and I know those who do would probably read this post and shake their heads . . . but when you’re a DIY-er, you learn as you go and do the best you can, sometimes improvising along the way. I think it turned out fabulous and was a fun, rewarding project. I’ll end with a few more “after” shots.  Thanks for following along with me!



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104 Comments on How to Reupholster a French Chair | Makeover Reveal

  1. Laura
    March 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm (6 months ago)

    Love it!

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    • Melanie
      March 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Laura :) It did turn out pretty fun.

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  2. leelee
    March 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm (6 months ago)

    Gorgeous job! I’ve been dying to try out reupholstering but I guess it seems a lot overwhelming and intimidating! Good job!
    Hello from Making it pretty Monday!
    leelee @ paperbagstyling.blogspot.com

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    • Melanie
      March 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Leelee, and thanks so much for stopping by! I typically don’t get along with fabric too well, I can’t sew for my life! So upholstery intimidated me a little bit too. You just have to find the right piece to start with and jump in. It’s not as hard to figure out as you would think once you get the piece stripped and get an idea how it was put together. Have a great day!

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  3. Mother Soph
    March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm (6 months ago)

    U r amazing! Looks wonderful.

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  4. Delia
    March 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm (6 months ago)

    Melanie – it’s beautiful! You must feel so accomplished! And it looks great right where it is – you should keep it! ;)

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    • Melanie
      March 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Delia! I would, but pretty white things and 3 young boys don’t mix, maybe later on in life :)

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  5. Carrie This Home
    March 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm (6 months ago)

    Your new chair is beautiful! I love the fabric you chose–it’s fun and classy all at the same time. I also love the tip you shared about saving the old fabric so you know how to cut the new fabric. Pinning this for sure!

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:35 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Carrie! And thanks for the pin. Yes, my first project I just ripped the old fabric to shreds, and then thought, “that wasn’t very smart!” So I made sure to not make the same mistake this time.

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  6. Marsha
    March 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm (6 months ago)

    You have restored a beauty. Great job!

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:36 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Marsha. I think it’s happier in its new skin :)

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  7. Pamela
    March 4, 2014 at 1:57 am (6 months ago)

    I Love it! You made this chair fresh, young and hip. The lines of this chair show beautifully with the new fabric. I would love to do this too. Beautiful… top to bottom.
    I’m new to your blog and I love it! I can hardly wait to see what you do next.

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:37 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Pamela, I so appreciate you stopping by. I love to do lots of furniture re-does on here, so please check back again. Have a fantastic day!

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  8. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    March 4, 2014 at 6:27 am (6 months ago)

    Oh wow, this is absolutely fabulous. I love this piece and such a great tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:37 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Marty, and thanks for hosting the party. Link parties are a great life-line for new bloggers like me. Hope the tutorial helps others attempt their own upholstery project!

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  9. Camille
    March 4, 2014 at 7:07 am (6 months ago)

    Absolutely gorgeous! You were wright to change the paint on the frame, it turned out stunning! I love the colour, it really compliments the fabric. Great job! xx

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:38 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Camille. I agree, the change to blue was the right move. Maybe the washed gray next time . . . Have a great day!

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:39 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Terry, and I’ve seen your chair! It’s fantastic! Your sewing skills reach far beyond mine . . . I’m just a pull and staple kind of gal. I appreciate the encouraging words though. Have a great day!

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  10. Abby
    March 4, 2014 at 8:26 am (6 months ago)

    Your chair turned out absolutely beautiful! I’ve never attempted to reupholster anything more complicated than a chair seat…but you make it seem pretty doable. I just love the painted frame, you really brought out the details nicely!

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:40 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Abby. Yes, it is doable! It’s time consuming, and my arms get tired from the pulling and stapling, but it’s not as complicated as it seems. Baby steps, right? Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Kathy
    March 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm (6 months ago)

    Absolutely beautiful chair. You did a great job. You make it look so easy. Love the fabric. Kathy

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Kathy! I won’t say it’s easy, but it’s not difficult . . . if that makes any sense! My arms and fingertips were aching after all the nail-pulling and stapling! But it’s not as complicated as you would think, and certainly if I can do it, so can everybody else. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  12. the cape on the corner
    March 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm (6 months ago)

    oh my gosh, that looks amazing. love it. and thanks so much for your visit and comment on my dining room refresh-I truly appreciate it, and I’m glad you agree that my red curtains were screaming, lol.

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for visiting, and it was just funny about the red curtains . . .your dining room looks fantastic!

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    • Melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Tabatha! You’re the first person to comment on the bug . . . I agree, eww. I will head over to your party now! Thanks for the invite.

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  13. Sarah
    March 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm (6 months ago)

    It is fabulous! Your choice of fabric gives the chair flair and makes it current. The paint color is perfect. You should be proud of this project. I’d say you have both vision and great upholstery skills.

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    • Melanie
      March 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you so much Sarah! I so appreciate your thoughtful comment. Have a great day!

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  14. Sarah
    March 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm (6 months ago)

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! You did such an awesome job and it’s just the style that I want to go with for my formal living room. I’ve always thought that it’s super gross when people just paint the fabric on chairs they find second hand… so thanks for sharing that little critter! This has inspired me to maybe re-upholster some myself.

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    • Melanie
      March 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Sarah! I’m with you, never been much of a fan of painting fabric. It always seems crunchy in the end. I hope you do try an upholstery project soon, you can do it!

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  15. Crystelle
    March 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm (6 months ago)

    What a gorgeous chair! A true labor of love, I can see… I hope you enjoy it for many many years….
    :)
    xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    • Melanie
      March 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Crystelle. I wish I was going to keep it . . . but I have three little boys at home, and they don’t go well with nice pretty chairs :) So it’s up at my shop waiting for a new home, hopefully somewhere without lots of little boys!

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  16. The Style Sisters
    March 5, 2014 at 11:38 am (6 months ago)

    Great job! The chair is awesome..I love the blue paint on the wood and the fabric choice is perfect! I helped my daughter redo an old sofa and taking out all the staples was soooo much work… but the result was so worth it. I love it! I would love it if you would come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your creativity with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/03/centerpiece-wednesday-115-see-and-share.html Hope you will come and party with us.
    Karin 

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    • Melanie
      March 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Karin! Just linked up to your party, thank you for the invitation. Yes, removing the staples is so much work, my arms were sore for days! But it’s such a great feeling to accomplish a new project, it was worth it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  17. Jen
    March 5, 2014 at 11:58 am (6 months ago)

    You make this look so easy. You are SO talented. The chair is absolutely stunning!

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    • Melanie
      March 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm (6 months ago)

      Wow! Thank you Jen! I so appreciate the comment and you stopping by.

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    • Melanie
      March 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Allie! I have entered at so many parties this week, I’m not sure I made it to Worthwhile Wednesdays or not! But I so appreciate the invite, my heads spinning a little from link party land :)

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  18. Sondra @ Sondra Lyn at Home
    March 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm (6 months ago)

    Your chair makeover is absolutely gorgeous! Well done!! Visiting form The Scoops’ MEGA Spring Party. Nice to meet you!

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    • Melanie
      March 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Sondra, nice meeting you too! I appreciate you stopping by :)

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  19. Nancherrow
    March 7, 2014 at 10:06 am (6 months ago)

    Beautiful! The bold print of the fabric goes so well with the trim paint you chose. Well done! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    • Melanie
      March 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Alison! I have had a very positive response on the chair, it’s been really encouraging. You host a great party and I have enjoyed getting to know your blog a little bit more.

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  20. Danielle
    March 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm (6 months ago)

    So beautiful! A great transformation and tutorial. x

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  21. Colleen
    March 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm (6 months ago)

    Beautiful job, I am working on a chair of my own right now and can hardly wait to finish it. It is a modern style slipper chair that was my grandmother’s and had broken and been stored in an outbuilding for many years. Thanks for your blog!

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    • Melanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm (6 months ago)

      That’s wonderful Colleen! I love taking something that’s been unused and giving it a new life. I want to see it when you’re done!

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  22. Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    March 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

    Fabulous!! Melanie, I loved the way you walked us through your project. You made me feel like could actually do something like this too!!
    Also…the fabric you chose is spectacular! You must be so proud of your final product!

    Thanks for sharing it with us here at Project Inspire{d}! I’ll be featuring it on Monday night!!

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    • Melanie
      March 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Diane! And I so appreciate the feature. And I do think you could do it!

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Steph! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  23. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin
    March 8, 2014 at 5:11 am (6 months ago)

    This is a terrific tutorial, and your chair came out just beautiful. I’m featuring this on my Link Party Features Pinterest board! Thank you for sharing this at my History & Home Link Party this week, take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you so much Dawn. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I hope the step by step will help others gain enough confidence to try their own upholstery project. Have a great week :)

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  24. Mary @ Orphans With Makeu
    March 9, 2014 at 7:00 am (6 months ago)

    You did a great job. Great tutorial! I may now even attempt an upholstering project myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm (6 months ago)

      You can do it Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a fantastic week :)

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  25. Robin
    March 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm (6 months ago)

    Stopping by from Finding Silver Pennies…This is stunning! The color of the frame along with the fabric is beautiful. Thank you for providing such a great tutorial…
    Robin

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks so much Robin. I appreciate you stopping by. It took some time to get the frame color and fabric to coordinate well, but I think it worked out well in the end. Have a great week :)

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  26. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    March 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm (6 months ago)

    You did a beautiful job! Love that fabric choice! You should be smiling!

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Sharon, I am smiling, and I will be smiling even more when it sells :)

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  27. Linda@Coastal Charm
    March 10, 2014 at 4:37 am (6 months ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party…the makeover looks outstanding!!! It will be featured at my party this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Linda. I so enjoy your blog and am thrilled to be a feature pick! Thank you, have a great week :)

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  28. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse
    March 10, 2014 at 5:15 am (6 months ago)

    Melanie, it turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:19 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Kathryn! I am so happy with how it turned out. Looking forward to the feature, thank you! Have a great week :)

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  29. Suzan
    March 10, 2014 at 11:25 am (6 months ago)

    Wow – amazing job – this looks like a designer chair now!
    Absolutely beautiful!
    xxx

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Suzan! That is quite the compliment. I so appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week!

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  30. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
    March 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm (6 months ago)

    Your chair makeover is stunning. I love the tutorial and of course, your results. Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ I wanted to let you know that you are my feature pick for the week. I hope you’ll be joining us again for this week’s party.

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    • Melanie
      March 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Mary Beth! I’m so excited to be a feature pick! I appreciate you stopping by, have a fantastic week!

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  31. Wanda
    March 11, 2014 at 8:25 am (6 months ago)

    Melanie!!! Oh my goodness – your chair looks incredible! I have tried my hand at upholstering and have found many things like M&M’s and bobby pins but never an insect. Your fabric choice is amazing. May I ask if you purchased it online or maybe at Joannes? Thank you!

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    • Melanie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Wanda. I’m assuming you passed on those M&M’s you found :) Thank you for your compliments on the chair, and yes, I did purchase the fabric at JoAnne’s. I actually have a previous post that tells more about it. http://www.lostandfounddecor.com/makeovers/selecting-fabric-chair/ Thanks for stopping by!

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      • nancy
        March 14, 2014 at 9:11 am (6 months ago)

        Fabric is also available at tonicliving.com. I know because I’m planning to use it for curtains. (They also sell a pre made futon cover in this fabric.)

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        • Melanie
          March 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm (6 months ago)

          Great, thanks Nancy. I’ll check that out!

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  32. Sue V.
    March 11, 2014 at 11:08 am (6 months ago)

    I LOVE how your chair turned out. I absolutely love the painted wood. Spectacular!

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    • Melanie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Sue! I so appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week :)

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you so much! I’ll pop over to see it.

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  33. Sheila
    March 12, 2014 at 12:12 am (6 months ago)

    Awesome job !!! I’ve wanted to learn to do this for years and now I know I can do this. Thank you for the great tutorial. The more pics the better for my type of creativity to flow. Thanks so much.

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Sheila! I’m so glad you found the post helpful, that makes my day :) Send me a picture of your first upholstery project when you finish!

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  34. Bharati
    March 12, 2014 at 1:51 am (6 months ago)

    Love the fabric and the transformation. The Chair looks amazing!!

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Bharati! I so appreciate you stopping by. Have a great rest of your week :)

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  35. rea
    March 12, 2014 at 8:22 am (6 months ago)

    gosh! what a transformation, i have reupholster chairs and benches before but not this detailed & intimidating shape of chair, you did a good job melanie!

    hey found you at make it pretty monday, huggies♥
    rea

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Rea! It was a fun project and I’m so glad I was able to rescue it from the thrift store. It looked so sad and lonely there . . . I’m hoping it will now have a new home and family where it feels loved :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  36. liz
    March 12, 2014 at 8:58 am (6 months ago)

    This was such a wonderful, informative and helpful post. You have given me the confidence to try recovering an old chair I have had for ages. It was great to be able to see each step and read your commentary. Your chair turned out terrific and so did your tutorial – thank you so very much for taking the time to share this project.

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm (6 months ago)

      Liz, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, it made my day! I’m so excited you feel that you now have the tools and confidence to take on your own chair project. It is always an honor when something that I write helps someone else achieve their own goal. Have a fantastic rest of you week, and send me a picture when you finish your chair!

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  37. Nancy
    March 12, 2014 at 9:43 am (6 months ago)

    wonderful!! Absolutely amazing and stunning!! You are amazing to be able to do this and it was great find!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    • Melanie
      March 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Nancy! I so appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great rest of your week!

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  38. Debra@CommonGround
    March 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm (6 months ago)

    this is adorable!! thanks for all the great tips, I’ve not tried upholstery, but you gave wonderful instructions. Loved your posts on the antique biz and the mall you’re in, really some amazing dealers are there!

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    • Melanie
      March 13, 2014 at 6:57 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Debra for checking out my posts! I so appreciate you taking the time to look through Lost & Found. There are some great dealers at ACM, it’s an inspiring place to be. Have a great day!

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  39. kat
    March 14, 2014 at 2:54 am (6 months ago)

    What a transformation, absolutely love it!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a lovely day.
    Kat

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    • Melanie
      March 14, 2014 at 6:49 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Kat! And thanks for visiting all the way from the UK (which is my favorite place in the world, by the way . . .) Have a great weekend :)

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  40. aimee
    March 14, 2014 at 11:07 am (6 months ago)

    hello! I came on over today from Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. I have seen many videos, and tutorials on reupholstering, and have been utterly confused. Your tutorial is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I bought a chair a year ago to reupholster, and because of your tutorial i’m going for it! Thank you for putting what you have learned out there for us to learn from. I look forward to reading more posts.

    blessings,
    aimee

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    • Melanie
      March 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm (6 months ago)

      Aimee, thank you so much for coming over and for your comment. I couldn’t hope for a better comment from a reader! I am so glad that my walk-through with the chair gave you the confidence to tackle your own. That was the exact reason why I shared it, and to know that it’s being taken and used it just awesome. Send me a picture when you finish your chair, ok?

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  41. kristin
    March 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm (6 months ago)

    WOW this is absolutely stunning!!!

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    • Melanie
      March 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Kristin! It has been so encouraging to hear everyone’s positive comments. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  42. Maria War
    March 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm (6 months ago)

    Absolutely gorgeous. You should feel proud:)

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    • Melanie
      March 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Maria! I so appreciate you stopping by.

      Reply
  43. Joan B.
    March 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm (6 months ago)

    I see this chair everywhere on the blogsphere and rightly so! It is gorgeous. I am quite partial to the fabric, my dining room drapes are the same print! Super duper job!

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    • Melanie
      March 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Joan! That’s crazy that the fabric is the same as your drapery. Great minds think alike, right? Yes, I have been overwhelmed with how much attention this chair has received, but I’m so thankful for all the encouraging comments. Have a great weekend :)

      Reply
  44. Leigh
    March 16, 2014 at 11:11 am (6 months ago)

    beautiful! I’ve always had an interest in restoring old furniture, a lot of work tho very rewarding. Working on a few pieces now…one of which had the burlap and horse hair like yours. Beautiful piece.

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    • Melanie
      March 17, 2014 at 8:38 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Leigh! The horse hair kind of freaked me out at first, but I think now I actually prefer it over foam padding. The padding can get crusty and disintegrate with time, but the horse hair seems to work well even after many years of use. I would love to see the piece your working on, email me some pictures if you get a chance!

      Reply
  45. Meike
    March 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi, I found your chair through the Mustard Seed Pages – and I’m so in love with it! The fabric is gorgeous and I love the Aubusson frame! It really looks stunning – great job! ~Meike

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    • Melanie
      March 17, 2014 at 8:37 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Meike! Thank you for coming over! So glad you like the chair, I am really happy with how it turned out. Please stop back by Lost & Found again :)

      Reply
  46. Donna Lee
    March 22, 2014 at 6:06 am (5 months ago)

    love the new look

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  47. Lisa
    April 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm (4 months ago)

    I love it, Melanie! The fabric, the paint color…it’s beautiful!

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    • Melanie
      April 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Lisa!

      Reply

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