Antique Chair: My First Attempt at Reupholstery!!!

December 19th, 2013 in member junk     
shamrockerin shamrockerin, member
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poor old chair left out in the cold
I fell in love with the carved details on the chair!
I stripped away 2 layers of red velvet, a layer of gold velvet, and a layer of pinstripe cotton. Heres the chair with just the muslin layer that covers the springs and the horsehair cushion.
I wanted the new fabric to be a neutral color to accent the chairs carved details, but I still wanted it look 19th century, and not modernized.
Heres a close-up of the brown Russian braid trim that covers the upholstery fabric rough edges. I also bought some brass decorative tacks, and the flower-like design on the head of them matches the carved flower on the top of the chair.
poor old chair left out in the cold

poor old chair left out in the cold


One of my colleagues gave me some stuff from his barn b/c he knows I like to refinish and refurbish. I think this chair is from the late 19th century, but I'm not sure.

It's very regal looking, and I couldn't wait to try my hand at reupholstering it. I mean, I've done simple chair cushions before, but those are easy.  This required alot more planning and measuring. It's not flawless, but I don't think it looks too bad for my first try.


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Comments (3)

shamrockerin writes: Thanks so much! I'm happy with the way it turned out, and it was a good piece to practice on. Posted: 8:19 am on January 7th
CottageElements writes: Lots of hard work went into restoring this piece. I love the carvings on the back of the piece. You did a great job!

Lani Posted: 8:19 am on December 27th
StrangeCargo writes: Wow, this chair is a real treasure and all your hard work and effort shines through. Well done and a great save!
Ken Posted: 11:29 am on December 21st
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