If you missed the preview post for this project, this chair is my friend Amber’s. She bought her for only $12.00 at the local thrift store.

We’ve been working on reupholstering it for a few weeks. When we got done with the front of the chair, I realized the the back was going to be a challenge. So we took a break and strategized (with the help of my go-to girl Jen of course!) Jen suggested a package of nailhead trim at JoAnn’s for 10.99. It contains 10 yards of trim plus matching nails.(I have oodles left).

Since the legs of the chair were black, we sprayed the nailhead trim black.

Then I stapled on the back piece of fabric being careful that the staples were lined up as best as possible. This part is tricky because you have to pull the fabric tight as you staple it.Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Then I used the nailhead trim to cover up the staples.

The back piece of fabric was curved in spots, and that created a problem that I could not use a tacking strip to finish the sides. So, my friend Jen suggested that I used nailhead trim and it was such a great solution. In fact, Amber said that this is actually her favorite part of the chair.

I love how it turned out, and it makes the chair look sophisticated in my opinion. The more chairs I reupholster the more I learn, but I can’t say that I feel like an expert. Reupholstering is a challenge, and just when I start to get comfortable, I realize that I’m still a novice at best.

It took a lot longer than we planned but we endured through the challenging parts. Now Amber gets to enjoy her. Doesn’t she look like she was designed for this room! I only wish I could keep her. :)

I think the before and afters on this project are incredible. What a fun project!


  1. says

    That looks amazing! I just found a GREAT chair by a dumpster YEP! It needs some love so Im planning on reupholstering it with the help of your tutorials! I think Im going to have to do this on the back of that chair also! Wish me luck :)Ill send some pics your way when I get it finished!

  2. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy says

    I can't believe you did this on your own. I have a chair that has been waiting to be reupholstered for a while now, but you have totally inspired me to give it a go! It even has a tufted back like yours! Thanks for sharing all the detailed tutorials.

  3. Jessica says

    Really amazing job! All the Joanns stores near me are out of nailhead trim and I need it to finish my chair. Send some over my way :-)

  4. says

    WOW…and double WOW! That chair looks amazing. I love the nail head trim. It makes the chair look so elegant. It really does fit nice in your office Brooke. I'm sure the hunt is on for a new chair like this one for your office. Good luck! And great job ladies.

  5. Katherine says

    It looks so wonderful!! I so wish that I had the time and patience and I suppose the talent, to learn how to reupholster. I have a few chairs that could use it.

  6. Tausha says

    This is the most fabulous chair I have ever seen! Great job! I would have been far too intimidated to tackle this! It looks perfect in the space!!

  7. Broadhead Family says

    Wow, that chair does look good:) I love your backsplash also! You guys never cease to amaze me:) We still need to have your fam over for dinner! We will soon:) Talk to you later! Amy

  8. says

    You did an absolutely AMAZING job, and the nailhead trim looks great in black! You've given me hope, because I just scored a chair on Freecycle that I'm almost afraid to attempt reupholstering. I think I can do it, though, and I'll be referring to this post often along the way, reminding myself how beautiful my "after" could look. And seriously — I am swooning over your fabric choice. LOVE IT!

  9. says

    so, the nailhead trim is just ONE piece? I have to do a chair soon and it has a braid trim with individual tacks over it, but with this trim I could skip all of those tedious steps, right? where did you get that trim???? HELP ME!!!

    I promise I'll blog the chair reupholstering and link you. 😉

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