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Beginner Upholstery Projects

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I love a good DIY challenge and upholstery can be one of them! Not today!!! I asked several of my blogging friends to share their favorite simple upholstery projects that even the beginner can tackle. Some range from the very beginner to the advanced beginner. Just take you time! Remember measure twice, cut once!

I have them all here for you in one convenient location. Just click the link and it will take you to the instructions.

I have 2 thrift store chairs and an ottoman that I have big plans for the upstairs sitting area found HERE. They will receive either an upholstery or slipcover makeover. They are projects I hope to accomplish this summer. Hopefully the next few projects here will inspire you to perhaps challenge yourself!

12+ Beginner Upholstery Projects even the beginner can tackle via Our Southern Home #upholstery #diy 


12+ Beginner Upholstery Projects even the beginner can tackle via Our Southern Home #upholstery #diy

Confessions of a Serial DIYer has an excellent beginner upholstery project. I love the nail head trim. The tutorial can be found HERE.


Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Cover Tutorial/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I can't wait to try my hand at recovering my outdoor cushions. After 15 years in the hunter green, they are due for a change! Visit Confessions of a Serial DIYer for Part 1 and Part 2.


Snazzy Little Things has an amazing slide show that takes you through each step. Wow!! Amazing end result! You can view tips and slide show HERE.


Tired and dated looking chairs can be brought back to life with a little paint and new fabric. I love this new look from Girl in the Garage. You won't believe the change from the before. Check it out HERE.

Also on OSH!  100 Thrift Store Decor Ideas


Advice and steps for doing a chair makeover.  girlinthegarage.net

Great advice from Girl In the Garage!


Cupcakes and Crinoline really turned this into a treasure with paint and outdoor fabrics!


Do you have some old folding chairs? Look how you can update those!!! I love this look from Cupcakes and Crinoline!


I am so inspired by this tutorial from Julie over at Lilacs and Longhorns!


Stool After View

How about this funky, fur stool perfect for a teen's room from At Home with The Barkers?


Thrifty Coffee Table turned Ottoman - top finished - artsychicksrule.com #coffeetable #ottoman #diy

How about completely repurposing a coffee table into a tufted ottoman! Artsy Chicks Rule has the instructions HERE. I LOVE this!


Porch Furniture Update with outdoor fabrics via Our Southern Home

I just recovered these long forgotten chairs for my front porch with outdoor fabric. Outdoor fabric is also perfect for indoor high traffic areas like kitchen chairs! You can find this post HERE. It also includes making outdoor pillows.


Stool Makeover with Americana Decor Chalky Finish  Paint from Our Southern Home

Not only did this stool get new upholstery, but a new paint finish as well. I love a patterned fabric like this for a high use area. This is for my makeup counter. You can find it HERE.


$5 thrift store chair makeover with painted burlap fabric by Our Southern Home

I made over this $5 thrift store chair with a decorative paint finish and burlap fabric that I painted for a custom look! You can find it HERE.


I hope you are inspired by these talented ladies! I know I am! Do you see something that you are wanting to reupholster? I'd love to hear all about it!





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  1. These are such beautiful projects! I have so old 1970s orange (blech!) folding chairs that I’m now very tempted to give a face lift when we break them out for overflow guests for cookouts. And the French grain sack cane chair is gorgeous!

  2. All of these make over’s are wonderful. I have been trying to talk myself into reupholstering an ancient Lazy Boy Rocker Recliner (they just do not make them this well now a days). My first problem is affording the fabric (if you’re going to do all that work, use a durable fabric) and I just can’t come up with it yet. I also need thin foam that the kitty kats have shredded getting into the hole in the back of it….. lol. It is a real mess, but I just can not validate dumping it for a new one. And I am thinking that if I use the patio or outdoor fabric, it will be good without extra stuff on the back of it. I tried ordering what I thought was upholstery batting a bit ago and it was a terrific disappointment to me. And I hate to shop cause of my bad back….. but I recommend others to do it and thinking I will have to as well.

  3. I am so intimidated by reupholstering!! I’ve got the chair, I’ve got the fabric and I’m close to calling someone else to do it. I guess it’s because I thing it needs extra padding and internal surgery. I can sew — I’m a whiz at doing window treatments, valences, cornices, etc. but hand me a chair to reupholster and I panic!! I’ll have to go through all of the ladies suggestions. Perhaps I can find the courage.

    1. Marisa, you sound like me!!! Maybe we can get through it together! I think I’m going to try first with inexpensive fabric!! You should like you are thinking about a big chair project!!! XXOO Christy

    1. Thanks, Cynthia!!! I think so as well. There are some really talented bloggers out there! Thanks for pinning! ~Christy

  4. I just love all of these projects Christy!! I would never call myself an upholsterer but the ottoman was definitely do-able! Thanks for sharing all these fabulous projects and mine too! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Nancy!!! I just love your ottoman and have been wanting to make buttons! Thanks for inspiring! ~Christy

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