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February 15, 2009

We've got it (re)covered for Met Monday

Kelly @ JAX Decor & Design

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Met Monday :-)

A couple of furniture transformations for you this week...

If you have a piece of upholstered furniture that you love, but you’re just not crazy about the fabric, give your piece new life with new fabric. It's good for your wallet and for the environment :-)

This was my grandma’s chair. It went from this…

...to this…

It was pretty simple – we just removed the upholstery tacks and the old fabric, traced the outline of the pieces of old fabric onto the new fabric, cut out the pieces, stapled the new fabric onto the frame, and replaced the tacks.

And this bench for the living room went from this...





To this...




The fabric wasn’t quite wide enough to cover the bench cushion entirely – we had to staple it along the bottom outside edge instead of underneath. So I came up with a way to hide the staples – a piece of black velvet ribbon attached with strips of upholstery tacks. And it ended up being the perfect extra little detail :-)




Before you head back to Between Naps on the Porch to cover all of this week's transformations, be sure to visit my blog-partner Victoria's Metamorphosis Monday contribution! :-)

28 comments:

ellen b said...

What great transformations. I really like the change...

Lana G! said...

Nicely done!! Love how you used the upholstery tacks on the bench! Clever!

marty39 said...

Very lovely. I have always been afraid to upholster something, but you did such a good job. I love the fabrics and the detail you did on the bench. Hummmm Maybe I will try to recover a chair I have. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Marty

Momovthree said...

Love the changes!
~Michelle

xinex said...

Beautiful changes! Love the tacks and the zebra print!...Christine

Linda said...

Those are 2 great transformations...and you maked it look so easy. Linda

PAT said...

Wonderful transformations and inspiration!

Susan said...

Oh no! Now I know a couple of chairs that are in danger in my house!

Callie Grayson said...

how fun is that bench with the new fabric!! and I love the purple pillows on top.

Cass said...

Great! I need to recover dining room chair seats; you have inspired me. :-)
Cass

Shelia said...

Oh, how I love these pieces. You've done an excellent job on both, too! I have a couple of chairs which I am about to tackle myself!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

janet said...

hey we did both post zebra benches, i would like to have yours for in front of my sofa. I still havent figured out how to get the butterfly on my blog, this was my first attempt of Met Monday..lol love your makeovers but i always do
hugs
janet

Lisa (aka) French said...

Amazing what a little fabric can do;) Love that bench it's soooo my style;) Thanks for your visits I have been so backed up and trying to catch up seems impossible!!! Hugs French;)

prairiedog said...

The chair was great but I really loved the bench.I seem to have a thing for animal prints lately.Very sharp.
Cyndi

mbkatc230 said...

Great job on both! You made it look easy enough that I might attempt to do something like this, as long as there is no sewing machine involved lol. Love the zebra print and your little problem fix, very clever. Kathy

Happy To Be said...

BRAVO!!! job well done..just loved this post...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Fifi Flowers said...

Fabric changes add DRAMA!

DesignTies said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving such nice comments :-) I really appreciate it!!

It's great to hear that my chair & bench projects have inspired some of you to take a shot at recovering pieces that you own. It really isn't hard to do at all -- no sewing required, just a lot of staples!! :-)

Kelly

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great transformations! I haven't tried upholstery yet, but am on the look out for a bench for our bedroom, so I may be learning soon!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Love the changes and your choice of fabrics! I am addicted to recovering upholstered chairs!

Linda said...

What modern great transformations, good job!
I like them!
Linda Q

kiakai / Kelly said...

Oooo, I love both of them! It's so fun to see things become new again. The zebra is too cool!
Kelly

kahlanne said...

You should be very proud! I love the zebra pattern and wish I was brave enough to use it somewhere in my house!

Karla said...

Kelly, I'm so glad you posted these pictures! I have two chairs that are waiting for me to upholster them, but it's going to be a big project and I have never done something like this before! Your post is great inspiration! Thanks!!

~Karla

LexyB said...

Wow - so cute

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, I think I could do this from reading your directions! They look great! Susan

TheFinishingTouch said...

So pretty. What a great update to a classic chair!

Tammy said...

Nice transformations! I'm going to re-cover an antique rocking chair using the same method you used on your chair. I hope it looks half as good!

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