The master bedroom makeover is still coming along, and today I am so excited to show you my reupholstered chairs! I’m going to post a full tutorial soon, but I just couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek and share before and after photos of these chairs. I’ve been searching Craigslist for a while now for “the perfect” pair of chairs for the sitting area in our bedroom. I was thinking I’d have to settle for something I didn’t truly love, since I knew the odds of finding a pair of matching cane barrel chairs were slim to none. I found one a couple weeks ago (just one, and would have had to cross my fingers that another one would come along) but I passed on it when I found out the cane was damaged in some spots. Then, as fate would have it, I saw a listing for the chairs I had been envisioning all along. A pair of cane barrel chairs in perfect condition at a steal of a price. I wasn’t in love with the mauve upholstery, but that could (and would) be changed.
Here they are “Before.”
The lady I bought them from was moving and getting rid of several pieces of furniture. Turned out these chairs belonged to her grandmother and were hardly ever used. She said she would have held onto them if it didn’t cost a fortune to have them reupholstered. I told her I was going to try to attempt to do it myself.
And attempt, I did. Previously, I had very little reupholstering experience. I have never done anything beyond stapling some new fabric on top of a chair seat. This project required a lot more work. A lot. It was extremely frustrating at times. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do. I’m so glad I did it, and hopefully my upcoming tutorial will help you if you choose to do this since you can skip the trial and error process I used!
I reupholstered these chairs in a navy velvet curtain I found at Target. Yes, a curtain! So I reupholstered both chairs for $30.00 total. I had planned on navy velvet all along (despite an eye roll from my husband), so when I found the curtain at Target I was ecstatic. Especially since it had a built-in blackout lining, making it thick, durable and perfect for upholstery.
Are you ready for the “After”?
I still plan on making throw pillows for the chairs, but I am so relieved to have this project done!
Lots more photos (plus a tutorial) coming soon! Oh, and my husband stopped rolling his eyes about the navy velvet and once he saw it, he actually liked it! One of these days he’ll learn to just trust me.
Does your significant other roll their eyes at your DIY ideas too? Have you ever reupholstered anything, and if so did you want to pull your hair out during the process? Or is that just me…