While perusing my favorite Goodwill, I came upon this gorgey chair for $10. I knew as soon as I saw it I had to have it. It has great lines, is in really good shape, and isn’t too complexly designed for an at-home upholstery job. Upholstering can be a complicated task–you have to remove piles and piles of teeny tiny staples and be really careful when attaching the new fabric. I originally thought I would cover this chair in a bright yellow and replace the matching tufting buttons with white ones. The chair’s cording matches the fabric, but I wanted to change that white as well so it would really stand out against a bright yellow.

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Mid Century Modern PRE-rehab

Then I found this tremendous navy patterned fabric at another thrift store. 3 1/4 yards for $13! The fabric has a retro feel so I think it will complement the chair’s style well. I’m hoping I’ll have enough to cover the entire chair, but fortunately the fabric is 60″ wide instead of the standard 44/45″. Fingers crossed some careful pattern placing will do the trick!

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Fabulous fabric find!

I started to remove the fabric, but its been slow progress so far. I plan to replace the batting and clean the fabric to ensure everything is sparkly and fresh once its finished. Still planning on white buttons and white cording to stand out again the dark and light of the fabric. 

I love the bottom of this chair, especially the legs. With a thorough sanding and a new stain, they'll sparkle like new against the sharp navy pattern.

I love the bottom of this chair, especially the legs. With a thorough sanding and a new stain, they’ll sparkle like new against the sharp navy pattern.

I’ll post photos of the completed project as soon as I put the final staple in–provided my finger tips aren’t bloody from accidents with that pesky staple gun. Wish me luck!

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