Monday, June 27, 2016


I have had two chairs that for the last few years I have had Sure Fit Slip covers on.....  and have been wanting to get up the courage to reupholster them both....  In February my hubby and I were in Paducah, Kentucky with my sister and her husband.  Now you know the rest of the story .... we went to Hancock's of Paducah (they are not associated with the Hancock Fabric Stores that just shut its doors everywhere).  While at Hancock's of Paducah I found some fabric that I thought would work well in our family room.  Along comes the month of April and I still had the time nor the courage  to try reupholstering the chairs and I was back in Paducah for Quilt Week and of course went to Hancock's again,  once again I found upholstery grade fabric on the clearance table so I purchased more fabric.

In the past two weeks I have gotten brave and I am pretty pleased with the results!  I have 2 electric staple guns that I use for the tuffet classes I teach, but I bought an inexpensive staple gun that you use an air compressor with, it was definitely game changer for me.  The worst part of the whole process was pulling all the staples.  It was a tough job!  The upholstery part was easy.  Truthfully it was a piece of cake.  I wrote on each piece as I took them off and used them for patterns!  I was so tickled that it all went back together so well!  I re-used everything I took off... the tacking strips and the piping!  I really enjoyed it once I got past the staple pulling.

I will help friends and family who want to brave it and try it also, but have no intentions of going into business reupholstering!  The people who do this for a living earn every penny they charge for doing this!

the Process of recreating....  Sorry I did not get a true before picture, but this is the tearing apart!

Below is the finished chair!  I also made a tuffet to match!

Why yes, this is just part of the staples and of course the band aid was a must.

Step by Step, it really came together beautifully!

I am quite pleased with the outcome!  I have Navy Blue Natuzi leather furniture which is about 13 years old but it is so comfy and still in great shape.  Before I did the reupholstery of the chairs I was tempted to buy new furniture,  so glad I got brave and tried this!  I love it!!!



  1. Wow Nancy you are a pro! So interesting to see the chair all wrapped in that batting material too. Your chairs and footstool and tuffet are all just gorgeous! When my husband tackles a job like painting a room, once he gets started with it he gets what he calls, "Buyers Remorse" and wishes he hadn't got started. But then after he's done he rather likes how things turn out and he's glad he finished. I guess it's that uneasy feeling that you might screw something up making it even worse. But you sure did a fantastic job!

  2. Awe Thanks Daryl! I did have a moment or two that I wondered what in the world I was thinking. The absolute worst part was the darn staples! Seeing it come together was fun! I would be willing to help guide friends and family doing this but definitely would not want to do it for a business, it is rather hard on my hands! Have a great 4th weekend!! Nancy


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