Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Crafting: Taking on Upholstery

I have been sidetracked by yet another DIY project. The list is getting out of hand (note to self: I still have a wedding dress to make!) but this armchair needs me, and I it.
It started when I saw an old Parker Knoll armchair in a charity shop, but admitted defeat when J pointed out that it was clearly too big to fit in the flat. So, I took to Freecycle, Gumtree and eBay and started searching for the perfect armchair. It proved to be a frustrating search - everything was either too big, too expensive or in need of too much work. I kept looking. I sulked.

Then a few weeks ago leaving work, I was talking to the girls about this elusive chair that must exist. We walked about two minutes up the road and found the chair - albeit disguised in really gross fabric - abandoned outside someone's house. I went over and asked if it really had been abandoned; it had. I taxied it home.

So here I am right now, sat looking at this chair that so desperately needs reupholstering. Not that Pixel seems to mind the fabric - she hasn't stopped sleeping on it since it arrived and actually gets quite irate if I start examining any part of it.
The frame is in great condition and the size is perfect, so I'm just trying to convince myself that I can take on upholstery and win.
I've already watched countless videos on how to reupholster yourself, finally found a reason to buy myself a glue gun and have just won a huge roll of fabric on eBay that will hopefully be perfect.

If you have any tips or advice for me then I'm all ears, 'coz I have a feeling that I might be a little out of my depth!


  1. Oh Fun! I love reupholstering. My major tip would be to get a piping foot for the cushion (makes it looks so fancy) and to make trimming your friend. Life feels much easier if you allow yourself to use as many upholstery tacks as you wish on the frame to neaten and taughten the fabric. Then with the magic of craft glue and trimming, it all gets hidden away and looks amazing! Can't wait to see the fabric you've chosen, its going to look beautiful!
    Chambray & Curls

    1. Oooh, so good to know that you've done it before Laura! Thanks for the tips - I have a staple gun and thousands of staples at the ready :) I'm also making piping to use as the trimming as awell as the cushion... haven't quite figured out how to do that yet though! xx

  2. The shape is gorgeous! Sadly, I can't offer you any tips on how to reupholster properly. The only time I've attempted it, I just staple-gunned vast amounts of leopard print velour to a chaise longue. It was DAMN classy. xxx

    1. Yay, glad you think so! Ha, that sounds about right to be honest!! My staple gun already hates me, the amount of staples needed is ridiculous xx


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