Reupholstering chairs: what I learned


I got an email the other day that reminded me I never did my 'what I learned' post about reupholstering my Louis chairs.

Overall I learned two very important things: 1. Reupholstering stuff is time consuming and 2. Having the right tools makes ALL the difference.

Here are my chairs before:

And after!

Daisy approved :)
I followed Jenny's tutorial (because she is a DIY genius!!) In the post, she makes the point that if you want to take on a reupholstery project, you really just have to be able to think on your toes and come up with solutions on your own, as every project is different. I think this is so true. My project ended up being totally different than hers, and I had to think on the fly.

In regards to #2 from above- GET REALLY SHARP SCISSORS for the cording. If where you cut the cording isn't super crisp... it ends up looking super bad :( Also, having a really strong staple gun helps, too.

After completing my chairs, I would definitely be up for doing something like them again. I think the hardest reupholstery project is probably the first one... I def had a few break downs here and there. But now that I've 'lived and learned' - its really cool to know that I can do it! And that I saved about $400 doing it myself :)

I will definitely take on this type of project again. Probably with the orange chairs. Surprise, surprise - I want to change them. I should know myself well enough to know that would have been the outcome... oh well.

If you have any specific questions, please let me know! I would love to help if I can.


  1. Regardless of the pain and suffering, these look professionally upholstered. Amazing job, especially for your first time. Can't wait to see how you use them in your space.


  2. Those look awesome!! Not as easy as the pros make
    It look, huh? But so much cheaper to DIY! Great job!!

    1. Now I know why they get paid as much as they do!! Thx love!

  3. Why does Daisy keep posing in the pics?

    1. Because HUBBY, she is the real star of this show. But you already knew that :)

  4. Emily, I am absolutely LOVING your blog! I've become a frequent visitor, and I just love that you are so practical and still so chic. Keep up the great work- its absolutely fabulous!

    1. Thanks girl! That is so sweet and I appreciate it so much!


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