It all started when my dad found an awesome little antique rocking chair on the side of the road. It was in sad shape, one arm was gone and the other was hanging. The fabric was falling off and only about half the nailheads remained. Little did that rocking chair know, but it was about to be transformed!!
My sister claimed the chair and promptly bought this mudcloth inspired fabric.
She currently has the “Hamilton” sofa from West Elm. It is lucious in every way. This sofa is the perfect shade of neutral leather and has a weakness for navy tribal prints of all kinds. So when she bought this fabric I almost died.
This particualr rocker was an easy reupholster. It had straight lines with no curves or arms to deal with. All we planned to do was remove each piece of fabric → trace → cut → put new fabric back. It turned out to be just that easy.
Luckily this chair had been redone not that long ago and had new padding in the seat and new webbing on the back. So a huge hurdle had been passed for us there.
The old fabric that had been added was incredibly pressed and perfectly sized, so we ended up using it as a guide to repress our fabric with our iron. It worked really well. Each peice fit in like it had always been there.
After we stapled in the fabric, we added an antique gold nailhead strip.
It is amazing!!
Our list of supplies:
- 3/4 yard of fabric
- 5 yards of nailhead strip
- staple gun
It took us 2.5 hours to complete, that included alot of pictures being taken and dealing with 3 crazy kids.
DIY or Buy?
- Super cheap! We spent a total of $34 dollars and only took about 2.5 hours
- You can pick your own fabric to customize.
- No one else will have this chair!
- You will need some sort of upholstery knowledge, although this project was very simple. Not all upholstery projects are.
- Unless you find a chair on the side of the road, you will have to buy one somewhere.
- Took time and effort.
- Buy and bring it home. No hassles.
- Most likely new, or upholstered by professional.
- Probably will cost a small fortune. I couldnt find anything just like ours, but I did find these. They are gorgeous, and there are two. But the cost difference is staggering.
- Wont be able to pick your own fabric.
- May not be unique.
- No bragging rights.
So in my opinion, this is 100% DIY!
It was a really fun project. I got to spend the evening with my sister and mom and we created something stunning together.