couples first DIY upholstery adventure: part one (Or, the story of our first four dining chairs.)

27 Sep

I’d say the majority of couples opt for couples massages. Or couples romantic getaways. Couples spa day, maybe? But we’re not like most couples. We opt for couples re-upholstery. Fun-filled hours with staple removal, sanding, measuring, cutting, aligning, gluing, stapling, blistering and super-satisfying results!

Remember these?

dining chair before reupholstery

We picked up four of them back in May during our very first trip to our now-favorite vintage shop, thinking that we’d have them reupholstered and lookin’ spiffy in no time flat. Then, as you may remember from this post, we learned that our dining table delivery was to be delayed by almost three months, and the poor chairs were banished to the basement to collect dust.

When the table arrived in late July, the chairs came back into the light of day almost immediately, and roughly one month later, we’d gone from here:

dining chair cushion before

to here:

dining chair after reupholstery

That’s right, we just put part of our “big reveal” in the first 150 words of our post. Because like they (whoever they are) say, it’s not where you’re going but how you get there that counts. Don’t get me wrong, we’re thrilled to have reached the land of fresh upholstery where the furnishings are functional and the cats don’t stare at us quizzically through open chair frames wondering when they’ll be given a new favorite place to lay. But how much fun is the result without the adventure? So, we thought that now would be a good time to put together our first official do-it-yourself post. Though, official is probably a loose term since we’re by no means experts. We’re still working on the best way to walk you through our process, so look for Part Two of our DIY upholstery adventure (and the rest of the big reveal photos!) in the coming weeks.

By the way, true to form (see this post), Shiva (our female cat) has already managed to projectile vomit on two of the cushions. After a mini heart attack scare on my part, I realized that it brushed right off! So far, that gives me high hopes for this fabric’s staying power…fingers crossed.

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5 Responses to “couples first DIY upholstery adventure: part one (Or, the story of our first four dining chairs.)”

  1. Amanda September 27, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    That’s awesome, guys! Can’t wait to read more about them :)

  2. Mom September 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Love the fabric, as you already know. Looks wonderful! I’ll wait for the tutorial before sending it to you know who!

  3. Lauren Wagner October 3, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    The fabric is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I can’t wait for the second post with the in process pictures? maybe? Congrats on gorgeous chairs!

    • me October 3, 2011 at 10:02 am #

      Yes, there will be plenty of in-progress pics to come! I am still working on the post, but I hope to have it ready this week!

  4. Dad in Law October 5, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Is that my old drapes form collage?

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