Recovery

I’ve been wanting a Wing Back chair for a long time!
  I saw this beauty at a yard sale and picked it up for a mere $30!
It was in pretty good shape and matched the room fairly well, but I wanted to test out my Re-upholstery skills that I picked up from blog land.  
They make it look so easy and fun to take an old piece of furniture and make it new an gorgeous.
I have to admit that it was NOT as easy as I thought it would be, but it was fun…in the end.
I have a few tips I’m going to share in case you ever decide to re-cover your furniture. 
The first thing you need to do is collect the right tools.
I used a staple gun, pliers, and a hammer.  The Legos, baggy of Fruity Dinobites, and mini-football helmet are optional (but necessary if you have a 3 year old assistant)
You will also need plenty of fabric.  This project took almost 6 yards because I wanted to match up the pattern…I’m a little OCD like that. 
I also used some thick poly-batting to freshen up the foam.
The most important tool, in de-construction, was a flat head screw driver.
Be prepared to make a huge mess.  I pulled out 10,000 staples I swear!  

Try to pay attention to the order that you take things apart.  That is the way you will have to put it all back together.  I took a marker and marked each piece as I took it off so that I would know where to put it back.
Tearing it apart was MUCH harder than I thought.  I ended up gouging chunks out of my thumb a couple of times.  So, I guess that Band-aids are another necessary tool too!
It took me about a day and a half  from start to finish, but I am very happy with how it turned out!
Not to shabby for $60-ish!

I had to add a little nail head trim to the sides because they wouldn’t lay as flat as I wanted them to.
I think it looks pretty cool though.
Here are the before and after pictures.

 Now, back to work on school clothes and stuff.  I have been working on Appliquéing some shirts for my Macy using Izzy & Ivy’s Abbie Appliqué pattern.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show them off later this week.
Have you done any furniture makeovers?  I’d love to see how they turned out!  
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