Reupholstering of pink chair complete!

May 10th, 2010

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. Absolutely terrific job and a great fabric choice too. Cherrie

  2. I love the black!!! Great job!

  3. I agree. the before and after of this chair IS incredible!!

  4. Great job!! The black really makes it stand out! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love it, and I agree, it totally looks like it was made for your office (*wink* *wink*). Great job!

  6. 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!

  7. Love it! Have you ever tried "curve ease"? It's a lifesaver on those curved edges!

  8. Love, love, love the black nailhead trim with that fabric! awesome!

  9. I adore it!!! I want it.

  10. MAN! you ARE good!!

  11. That turned out sooo great! I am in awe of your chair recovering skills. Nice job!

  12. lisalongoria says:

    Love the chair and the room!

  13. Art Simple says:

    I ??? it!!

  14. 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.

  15. JoEllen says:

    This chair turned out really beautiful! Way to go girls!!

  16. 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 :-)

  17. Wow – I love how it turned out. The black looks great.

  18. LOVE this!!! Great job!

  19. Amazing job! Great work! Love it!

  20. Fabulous job, I love the chair I two that are similar that I inherited.

    Stop by sometime.

  21. I love the chair! It goes so well in the room.

  22. 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.

  23. Love the blue, it is amazing.

  24. Looks gorgeaous…what pretty lines~

  25. BLJ Graves Studio says:

    Such a fabulous make over and it looks perfect in the room. Love it!

  26. 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.

  27. Ty and Whitty says:

    That chair is really pretty Brooke! Good job :)

  28. 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!!

  29. It turned out great. Nice solution for the back.

  30. 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

  31. Again, LOVE this chair – I just gave you a blogger award! Come check it out:

  32. 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!

  33. Really lovely job!

  34. kanishk says:

    Love the chair and the room!
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  35. WOW….dont you just love reupholstering chairs??? and sofas? It's such a BIG difference. :))))

  36. 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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