Chair Before & After

Ever have one of those DIY-don’ts in your life?  Well I recently had one in mine.  Chair reupholstery.  I cant do it.  I tried, it looked ok at a very far distance and it even photographed ok- but in all honesty it was a hot mess.  So before I show you the gloriously amazing AFTER that my wonderful upholsterer did.  I will show you what I did attempted.

First- the BEFORE BEFORE- my $5 garage sale score:

The Amanda Carol tried her best but just didnt get it quite right AFTER  (trust me the photo hides a lot of the scary stuff)

And now the AFTER Amanda Carol wises up and hires a REAL professional to do the work:
(It looks black in the photo-but its actually a Chocolate brown with solid chocolate cording) 

I decided to do a solid chocolate fabric on the back for some contrast.

So what do you think?  Tomorrow I’ll share my other DIY- dont chair- The slipcovered version- um yea Im no Miss Mustard Seed when it comes to those.  She is da bomb!  So I sent that little chair to my upholsterer too!

And hopefully I will have my complete office reveal to show you soon!!  Im waiting on a few more things.  Including getting rid of the ceiling fan and installing a new chandy *squee*


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10 thoughts on “Chair Before & After”

  1. I think your version was pretty cute, Amanda! But now, wow. That is gorgeous!

  2. Lauren @ Team Giles says:

    I agree with Bridget, yours was pretty too. :) But I’m a sucker for damask.

  3. Jessie says:

    Adore you beautiful chair! I will give you props for trying to upholster a chair, I don’t think I will even attempt it! :)

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  4. DIY upholstery – brave task! Yours looked great but I know that if I wasn’t happy with something I would *only* see the flaws every time I passed by. The finished product looks great – love the chocolate!

  5. Is it me or are you craving chocolate and roses? :) Wonderful transformation looks divine!

  6. Desiree says:

    I think your attempt was really good! I stopped in the middle of reupholstering a chair I have. I was ready to throw it out the window. I love the after! Great colors. Who do you use to reupholster in Houston?

  7. Stacy Curran says:

    I agree with everyone here — yours was very good. But if you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ll always see the flaws. Sometimes better to have a pro do it…this looks AMAZING!!

  8. GORGEOUS!! Love that pattern!

  9. Laura says:

    Yes, the professionals do do a better job than we do. I had some wing chairs re-upholstered a couple years ago- $350 each, not counting the fabric! Ouch!! I think you should feel pretty darn awesome for doing the job you did. But, it is soooo pretty now. Super pretty fabric choice!

  10. I thought you did great! The end result IS gorgeous though! :)

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