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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY Upholstery Experiment

Although my posts have been few and far between we've been busy working away to get the nursery ready. I've been hinting I had quite the ambitious project coming up and I was so intimidated that I kept pushing it off because I didn't think it would turn out.

Well I'm happy to report we have a great new addition to the nursery that is going to get plenty of use!
I've looked everywhere for an upholstered glider that would match the nursery. I was really hoping for something gray, navy, or red. The selection of gliders in those colors is very limited; they cost a ridiculous amount of money and nothing was quite the right size.
A few months ago my mom and I stopped by a local high school fundraiser and found this amazing glider.

It was originally from a very expensive childrens boutique, the perfect size and extremely comfortable, just not quite the right color. No problem, for $20 I figured I could easily have it recovered.
After getting several quotes, I wasn't sure if I was willing to pay the $600+ dollars it would cost to have it redone and debated about buying a new glider in a color I didn't really want.
After watching this great tutorial series from Tip Junkie I wasn't as terrified of ripping it apart and decided to give it a shot. I started by carefully disassembling the entire chair.


Until I was left with this:


Then it was time to reconstruct the chair with my favorite helper.

The toughest part was keeping everything tight and in position while it was being stapled down. With a little help from my husband and a bit of patience I am thrilled with the result!

I used the same navy blue material from Eric's baby bassinet redo. It looks great in the room and now I'm on the hunt for an ottoman.

We've made quite a bit of progress to finish up the room, but it seems like the to-do list just keeps growing!

10 comments:

  1. looks awesome!!! I love that homie likes to get in the way :)

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  2. The old adage “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”, is appropriate when contemplating reupholstering your furniture. If you’ve had a sofa or chair for several years, or it has been passed down to you from a loved one, it is clearly going to last just as long if it’s properly restored.


    upholstery beverly

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  3. looks like you did an awesome job love the new color

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  4. Hi. I'm visiting from Frugal Friday. You did an amazing job on this chair! It looks fabulous!

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  5. Very nice! I haven't tackled any upholstering yet :)

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  6. Looks great! I actually just did a similar project and will post it to my blog soon!

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  7. you did a great job! i have yet to try upholstery.... SCARY!

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  8. Great idea! It turned out great too!

    Britta @ TheHandmadeHouse.net

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  9. Wow, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

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  10. FABULOUS!!!! LOVE the fabric too!!! Goodness what a transformation!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you'll be linking up this evening!

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