April 12, 2015

My Next Project: Upholstery

The easiest DIY motivator for me is when I find out how much something costs or how much it is to get professionally done. My husband has had this wingback chair for a few years now that he scored for just $30! The guy that has done some upholstery for us and friends in the past (who is extremely reasonably priced) has moved out of the country. This has motivated me to spend hours reading DIY Reupholstery tutorials and watch countless how-to videos. Luckily, there are plenty of detailed tutorials that I feel like I can conquer this project. 

 The hardest part, and the only part putting me off from beginning is finding the right fabric. I looked at my local fabric stores and haven’t found anything that is the perfect fit. So I turned to Fabric.com and Mood Fabrics. I found a few options at fabric.com but only things that worked nothing that I loved. Mood Fabrics was nice to dream about but just too expensive for my budget on this project. Then…while reading last night about reupholstering couches (because why not stop at a chair?) I discovered West Elm sells fabric by the yard. Game. Changer.

I ordered a few free swatches to be sent my way to pin up to our wingback chair to see if they are the winners. West Elm’s prices were comparable to the fabrics I was looking at at fabrics.com. Another win!

So since this is my first upholstery project…I need your help! Have you ever reupholstered anything? Got any tips? What color would you reupholster this wingback chair?