Category Archives: Upholstery Projects


Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

11th December 2015


Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

Because I love finding antique and vintage furniture to makeover, I decided to designate Friday as the day to share my awesome finds.  You know how children get so excited when that receive a new toy?  Well that is how I feel when I find a piece of antique furniture.  

Today I am sharing the little antique french loveseat I found on Craigslist this week for $100.  I have been searching Craigslist for a very long time to find a smaller scale loveseat that I can reupholster to fit our multipurpose office space, for some extra seating.   This will be the first larger scale upholstery project that Mr. Wilson and I will take on, and frankly I am a little frightened!  

french loveseat 2

You can see in the photos that the frame of the loveseat is really in excellent shape and really doesn’t need anything done to it, so we may consider leaving it natural and unpainted.

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french loveseat 3

The cushions and fabric however, look like someone spilled a pot of coffee on it, or a cat peed on it.  Im hoping its not the latter of the two scenarios!


I have ordered a few fabric samples and will let you know when they come in so you can help me select the perfect fabric.  I really want to do something fun with this piece since it will be in our creative office space.  Maybe something like this Navy Polka Dot Alston Loveseat from PBteen?

polka dot loveseat


Have a great weekend!




Dining Room Reveal-French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

3rd December 2015


Dining Room Reveal- French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

Finally the moment has arrived when I can finally reveal the french provincial dining table and six cane chairs that Mr. Wilson worked so hard to finish!   Since we are hosting Christmas dinner this year, I rushed to sew the skirts for the chairs and decided that for the sake of time, I would just reupholster the arm chairs in a gray linen fabric I found at Joannes.  I actually like the contrast of the gray fabric on the arm chairs, it makes the set a little unique and not so matchy-matchy. 


Here is a view of the back of the chair skirts I sewed from drop-cloths.  If you remember from this post, I used Miss Mustard seeds amazing tutorial on how to sew these little babies and I think it really dresses the chairs up!  


I used these drop cloths that I ordered from Amazon, which I bleached to give them a lighter look.  The chairs were sanded down and painted in Old White chalk paint by Annie Sloan.



I whitewashed the table top and painted the legs and base in Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint, you can read about this transformation more in this post.


The following photos show how I set the table for Christmas, which is quickly approaching.  The little trees I found at the Target dollar bin section for $3 each.



The table runner and little gold candle holders are from Homegoods.


A simple and inexpensive Christmas centerpiece is a pretty bowl or tray filled with sparkly ornaments.  I received the glass bowl as a wedding gift and the large silver ball in the middle is from the Christmas Tree Shop.


This table is ready for a feast, now I just have to figure out what to cook!

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Affordable Living Room Design

18th November 2015


Today I wanted to share the progress that I have made with my living room re-design.  I was able stay on budget, by using items I already owned and completing a few DIY projects to save money. Nothing in this re-design cost me over $100 and the total cost was around $350.  At the end of this post, I will share each project and the cost breakdown per item.

Here is the mood board I created for the space.


Here are some photos of the finished space.



Here is the french country settee I painted and reupholstered, you can read that post here.


This is one of the cane chairs we reupholstered, which you can read about here and the boxwood topiary on the mantle was a DIY project I shared here.  When we purchased the home, we painted the dated fireplace bricks in “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore and had a carpenter build a custom-mantle surround.


Here is the $5 vintage bar cart we spruced up with a little gold spray paint and some accessories you can read about here.





Cost analysis:

  • Teal Bench-purchased from HomeGoods for $60
  • Jute Rug-Pottery Barn purchased off Craigslist for $75
  • Cane Chairs– Reupholstered ourselves- $40 for the chairs, plus $60 material
  • Wood Side Table-Antique-given to me by my parents
  • Botanical Prints– DIY project using Botanical art from this book that was $1.50 on Amazon and I framed them in frames I already had, spray painted this color.
  • Bar Cart– purchased for $5 from a yard sale, you can read about that DIY project here.
  • Wicker Coffee Table– Free from my generous in-laws
  • French Settee/Bench– $75 off of Craigslist, painted and reupholstered in this post.
  • Yellow Lumbar Pillow– $20 from HomeGoods
  • Matching Yellow and Teal Pillows– I purchased two yards of fabric from Ebay for $9.99 a yard and made the pillows myself using this amazing tutorial for beginner sewers.
  • Sofa– Ikea (no longer sold in stores) was moved from our den into the living room.
  • Fireplace Brass Andirons– Free- given to me as a gift from my in-laws, purchased at an Estate sale.

Other sources:

Paint Color– Manchester Tan from Benjamin Moore, Trim is White Dove from Benjamin Moore

Drapes– Purchased years ago from Pottery barn

Circular Mirrors– Given to me from my mother

Happy Decorating!!!



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Antique Eastlake Chair: To Paint or Not to Paint?

8th November 2015


Antique Eastlake Chair: To Paint or Not to Paint?

I was browsing a local antique store this weekend, and I stumbled upon this little antique chair.  For $15 I couldn’t pass it up, I am a chair hoarder after-all.  


Some of the thrill of finding antique or vintage pieces, is learning about it’s history.  During my research, I learned that this chair is most likely from the Victorian period 1870-1890 and fits into the category of “Eastlake” style named after Charles Lock Eastlake.  It looks like it has been hand-carved out of mahogany, because for a small chair it is quite heavy.  


I have seen Eastlake style chairs all over Craigslist and to be frank, the style is not my cup of tea. However, this chair has more subtle detail and carvings which makes it feel more feminine than some of the other Eastlake furniture I have seen.


My idol Sarah Richardson, painted a similar chair in a creamy white color to match the other furnishings in a girls bedroom she designed. Normally, I would consider painting the chair to give it a fresh new look, however I am afraid some of the detail of the chair may get lost.  Isn’t that polk-a-dot fabric adorable?


Photo Credit: Sarah Richardson Design Photography: Stacey Brandford

I have a thing with black and white striped upholstery, it is so classic and elegant.  Sarah M. Dorsey designs made over a $10 channel-back chair from the Goodwill in a black and white striped fabric, and it turned out fabulous!  


Image Courtesy of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

I had a left-over sample of fabric from this post so you can get an idea of what the chair might look like decked-out in black and white stripes.  The fabric can be found here.


Here is another fabric option that I think may compliment the dark wood.  It is Fleur Summer by P/Kaufmann found here.  This fabric would look great in our master bedroom because we have watery-blue painted walls (Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore).


What do you think?  Should I paint the chair or leave it natural wood?  Which fabric choice do you like…black and white striped or the floral option?  I would love your input!

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How to Reupholster a Dining Chair the Easy Way {Tutorial}

30th October 2015


How to Reupholster a Dining Chair- The Easy Way

I little while ago, I purchased a french provincial dining set on Craigslist containing six cane back chairs, a dining table and a hutch.  I plan on sewing cute little slipcovers for each of the chairs alla Miss Mustard Seed which you can read about here, but in the meantime I wanted to show all of my readers how EASY it is to recover/reupholster dining room chairs.  My method allows you to remove the nasty, probably stinky, old fabric WITHOUT wasting all of your precious time removing 1,000 staples (yes, you can thank me now).

This project is particularly good for BEGINNERS at upholstery.


-Dining chairs with seat cushions that are removable

-Upholstery or Home Decor fabric of your choice (I used this Nate Berkus fabric that I got 50% off)

-Heavy duty staple gun or pneumatic staple gun (I use this one)

-Staples (I used Arrow T50 5/16″ 8mm) 

-Low loft batting (I used this)

– Needle nose pliers (to remove staples)


-Flat head screwdriver (to remove staples)

-Philips-head screwdriver or drill

-Ziploc bag for saving screws

**This project is for dining chairs with removable seat cushions.  Typically the seat cushions are attached with four screws underneath the frame.

Please don’t be intimidated by the length of this tutorial, I wanted to make sure I provided detail regarding each step so that even a beginner at upholstery can do this project.

  1. Turn your chair over and using a drill or philips-head screwdriver, remove the screws from the underside of the chair.  Place the screws in the ziploc bag for safe-keeping, believe me you don’t want to lose them!  Remove seat cushion from chair frame.

If you are re-painting your chairs, do this step prior to reupholstering your seat.  My chair was sanded down and painted in Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint.  (You can see why I am ripping off this hideously stained fabric…it’s just NASTY!!)seat-cushion-removed-from-chair

2. Flip your seat cushion over and using your flat head screwdriver and your needle-nose pliers, carefully start removing a few staples in the middle back section of the seat.  Make sure your free hand is not in the crossfire so that if your screwdriver slips, you won’t get cut (I am speaking from experience here).  You are just removing enough staples to get your scissors up underneath the fabric. (I am using a special tool designed for this type of thing, but you can just use a flat head screwdriver)


3. Once you have removed just enough staples to loosen up the fabric, insert your scissors and start cutting the fabric down towards the main section of fabric (the top of the cushion).  Be careful not to cut any of the batting or foam.recovering-a-dining-room-chair

4. Flip your cushion over so that the top is facing up and start cutting down the middle of the cushion, cutting the fabric only.easy-way-to-reupholster-a-dining-chair

5.  Once you have completely cut the fabric down the middle you can peal the fabric off the top of the cushion (although it will still be attached to the bottom of the frame via the 1,000 staples).recovering-a-dining-chair-cushion-the-easy-way

6. At this point, you are going to be cutting all of the fabric off the frame, moving along the base of the seat cushion.  The only fabric that should be left attached, is the part that is stapled to the bottom of the frame.  This way you remove the old, nasty fabric without spending the time to remove 1,000 staples!


7.  So when all of the fabric has been cut off the frame, it should look like this.


8.  You are left with all of the foam/batting intact…ready for some fresh fabric.recovering-dining-chairs-the-easy-way

9.  Next you are going to wrap the seat cushion in some low-loft batting to smooth out the old foam and give the seat a nice shape.  If your foam is in bad condition, you can replace it or add a few extra layers of batting.  Wrap and staple the batting to the bottom of the frame, pulling fairly tightly.  Trim off any excess batting.

Recovering a chair

10.  This is what it should look like when your done.  The batting should be nice and smooth without any wrinkles.


11.  Lay out the new fabric, wrong side facing up.  Place your seat cushion facing down on the fabric.  Cut out the fabric using the shape of the seat frame as a pattern, leaving a generous amount of fabric on all sides for wrapping and stapling the fabric to the frame (a good 6-7 inches depending on the thickness of the foam and batting).recovering-a-dining-chair

12. Make sure you fabric pattern is lined up and straight, then pull the fabric tightly and staple it to the frame. A tip that I learned from watching upholstery videos on Youtube, is to make sure to grip the fabric like this so that there is nice even tension and you don’t get puckering in the

13.  First I put six or so staples in the front center of the frame, then I put some staples in the back center.  Next I put a few staples in each side of the frame.  I leave the corners free because those will be stapled

14.  This is what your corners should look before you finish

15.  To get a nice neat corner, you are going to pull the middle of the fabric tight and staple it to the frame.


16.  Next you are going staple the excess fabric on the right to the frame, pulling it over the middle section on a diagonal.


17. Then staple the left side in the same manner.

diningchairs lef side staple

18. This is what your finished corner should look like.


19.  Once all the fabric has been stapled and secured, trim off any extra fabric.  Re-attach the seat cushion to the chair using the screws that you saved in your Ziploc bag.  And you are done! Give yourself a big pat on the back because you just finished your first upholstery project!






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French Provincial Cane Back Dining Chairs-Before

23rd October 2015


French Provincial Cane Back Dining Chairs-Before

With the holidays quickly approaching I was in the market for a new dining room set that would accommodate my family of five, plus our extended family. I had been searching Craigslist for a while now but came up empty-handed until I stumbled upon this set.  It included 6 cane back french provincial chairs, a french provincial dining table with 3 leaves and a hutch.  For a price of $250, I couldn’t pass it up. 


Mr. Wilson was once again pretty skeptical about this purchase, given the condition of the chairs and fabric.  You can see the nasty stains on the chair fabric in the picture above.  But I could see beyond the stains and the dirt…… I had visions of Miss Mustard Seeds beautiful cane-back dining chairs dancing in my head.  She has such amazing taste and has transformed many dining chairs with some paint and drop-cloths.  Yes, you heard me right…DROP-CLOTHS!!!


Image Curtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Although my sewing skills have progressed, making slipcovers for 6 chairs will prove a challenge for me.  Thank goodness Miss Mustard Seed has an excellent tutorial on how to make dining chair slipcovers and it looks pretty straight-forward…haha, famous last words.  I plan on using this chair as my guinea pig and so far I have removed the seat cushion and lightly sanded it.  Next, it will get a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in “Old White,” a creamy off-white color.  Then I plan on getting started with the drop-cloth slipcovers.


Do you think I can pull it off?  I guess we will see!

You probably noticed I do not have a picture of the table and the hutch.  That is because the table was disassembled for transport to my house.  I will write a later post on the table. 


French Settee Makeover With Chalk Paint and New Fabric

14th October 2015



French Settee Makeover with Chalk Paint and New Fabric

I found a sweet little bench on Craigslist for $75 and I new it had potential.  Unlike other chairs I’ve made-over, I knew that this bench would be a breeze to reupholster/recover with new fabric.  I really wanted to keep the natural wood, but I was not fond of the dark stain and it was just too dark for my living room.  I considered sanding or stripping it down to natural wood but I knew it would be too much work with all of the nooks and crannies.


Here is the before photo from the original Craigslist ad.


For paint, I decided to use Country Chic’s chalk paint in lazy linen, which is a nice light gray color with a blue under-tone.  This was my first time using this brand of paint, and I have to say I am thrilled with it.  It goes on so smooth and the finish is beautiful.  I purchased it locally at Vintage Prairie Home which is a cute little shop in my town.


I used just about three coats of paint to cover the dark wood and then finished it up with some clear wax.


The fabric is Dwell Studio Boteh in Jade which I purchased for $10 a yard on Ebay, not too shabby!  





The pillow was an Ikea pillow that I jazzed up with my mad crochet skills.  It was inspired by this pillow by West Elm.



I am pleased with how it turned out and I am really excited to have some additional seating in my living room.  If you missed my post on my living room re-design you can read about it here.


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