Monday, May 21, 2012

Chair Week Day 1: Ikat French Arm Chair

Welcome to day one of of Chair Week here at 551 EAST! 

For those of you are just joining the party,  I took on a massive reupholstering project of reupholstering 4 chairs in 5 weeks.

And the chairs are DONE; so this week I am going to be revealing a chair a day with tons of tutorials, tips and advice.

(Side note: Most of the tutorials I'll be sharing are from other amazing blogs and websites that I followed and found the be the best out there. Because of the tight time frame (and self-induced stress) I was under, I didn't feel like I could give you amazing tutorials and amazing chairs. :))

So are you ready for the first reveal?!

Here's the before:

Faded, dated, and musty.

And here's the after!

Gray, white and yellow Ikat fabric.

Perfection. :)

This chair had great bones.

The wood frame was solid, in great condition, and just needed a little refinishing with my beloved Watco Danish Oil (see more HERE and HERE).

The existing batting was mostly in great shape and just needed a little help. 

I found the fabric at Joann's even before I found the chair and L.O.V.E.D it. 

So when scored the chair from Craigslist, I headed to Joann's with my trusty coupon, brought the fabric home and started taking this baby apart. 

The best tutorials I found for French chairs with similar frames to this Ikat chair came from Little Green Notebook.

For those tutorials click HERE, HEREHERE and HERE.

Like what you saw today?

Make sure to come back all week!

Also, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them. :)

This chair has already SOLD.

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  1. beautiful! i love that fabric on it!

  2. Love love it! I have a chair similar to work on so thank you for the links to the tutorials! I'm in love with that fabric as well...great choice!

  3. You did a fab job! Reupholstery scares me! I'm not ready yet!

  4. now you upholster????? and do a fabulous professional-like job?

    i'm almost speechless and totally impressed.


  5. Hooray for chair week and hooray for the first cab off the rank! I love the fabric, it's so beautifully subtle, it's lovely. Can't wait to see the rest!

  6. I LOVE that fabric - the colors and the pattern! And the chair is just gorgeous now. Megan would love this one in her house! ... I can't believe you took on this crazy challenge! ... On second thought, I'm not the least bit surprised! You have all kinds of mad skills!

  7. Woo hoo to chair already being sold!!!! I do love that fabric, and you did an amazing job on it!!! I am so excited to see the rest of your chairs. I love upholstery redouxs. Thank you so much for including those tutorial links too. Now I don't feel AS lowly since I was sitting there last night, amazed that you could do all these chairs AND write all the tutorials!

  8. Oh wow, you did a great job with this chair! It look sooo comfy, and I just love the fabric that you chose for it :)

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s link up party: Martha Mondays, going on now! Hope to see you there!

  9. You are just amazing! Serious girl- is there anything you CAN'T do??!!

  10. OMG (drooling) it! I was stopping by from Not just a housewife, but decided I might need to become your new bff. So I've added your amazing-ness to my RSS subscriptions :)

  11. Love this! Stopping by from Not Just a Housewife!! This is amazing!

  12. Wow this is amazing! I would love to learn how to reupholster furniture! you are great at it!


  13. Ikat, grey and yellow. Does it get any better? I think not. :D Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.

  14. That chair is beautiful! I want it in my house! :) I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


  15. That fabric is amazing!! It would be great for pillows or drapes too, but I love it on the chair!!! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great week!

  16. This looks amazing!!!! I've been trying to find a chair like this for years to make over. Great job!

  17. Oh, that fabric is lovely--so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence!

  18. Wow, beautiful!!!! The fabric is fabulous, Tanya :)

  19. The fabric is awesome and the chair is amazing. I'm sure it sold super fast! I am on the hunt for a chair like that on Craigslist to makeover.

  20. Oh wow!
    Beautiful chair, and I LOVE the fabric you used!
    I want to remodel my chairs as well, and am looking for inspiration, it´s quite a big job? (or am I just afraid to start?)
    Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous blog by the way! :)

    Love from Norway!

  21. I'm not surprised it sold. I appreciate how you kept it the wood tone instead of painting it. that really contrasts nocely with the fabric. it seems too many are willing to paint; sometimes it's great, but often it's not. Beautiful choice of fabric.

  22. Just beautiful!
    You are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
    I hate reupholstering.
    Good I didn't do it because I would have priced it no less than $2,000 for all my time and trouble :o)
    Thanks for linking friend!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  23. I absolutely LOVE this! I want it! I'd love for you to link up to my first ever linky party, Ta-Da Tuesday :) check it out here !

  24. So gorgeous. Love the IKAT! I need to learn how to reupholster!

  25. Gorgeous. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  26. unbelievably gorgeous, you did a great job, LOVE that pattern! thanks for joining in for Vintage Inspiration!

  27. I love what you've done! I JUST finished redoing my dining chairs with this same fabric!

    Great minds think alike ;)

  28. Oh I love that fabric it looks fabulous on the chair! Great job. Stopping by from Liz Marie. Feel free to stop by my link up.

  29. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it in that fabric! Great choice!

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