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Mini Chair Makeover!

by - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

8 months, 148 nail tacks, 7 feet of flexible tacking strip, 1.5 yards of fabric, 1 quart of paint, and 2 bloody fingers to take this:

to this and finally this:





It's not perfect, but its done :) This is my first reupholstery job and I learned a few things like:
- flexible tacking strip is probably well suited for regular sized furniture but is a pain in the butt for a mini chair like this one
- flexible tacking strip needs lots of foam on top of it to prevent it from poking through the fabric
- for a first time reupholstery project, don't pick fabric with stripes or plaids (strike 1 and strike 2!)



So it took much more effort than I anticipated but I'm pretty happy with it. Now Chloe will have a chair to sit on when she blows the candle off of her 1st birthday cake!! Not that the kid likes to sit on the chair - yet. The chair isn't the only thing that's changed:




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62 comments

  1. ohmigosh! Chloe is adorable! I love that last photo of her crawling. :)

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  2. This is beyond adorable!! I'm sure the plaid was a pain to deal with, but I think the nubby texture it has is the perfect complement for the glossiness of the rest of the chair. Kudos to you for such great work!

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  3. This looks SO sweet, love it! But you've kinda scared me.. I have an upholstery project that I need to get started on soon..

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  4. these are great pics of Chloe...and I love how the chair turned out! Precious.
    ~Tara

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  5. Adorable!
    Thanks for dropping by Moth Design and for the lovely comment! Now I'm going to join the fun here. :)

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  6. This chair turned out absolutely adorable! And Chloe? Well she is a more and more beautiful each time I see her! Can't wait to see what all you do for her big bday!

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  7. If that is not the cutest little chair for the cutest little girl? I don't know what is. You did a great job! It's looks like she loves it. This is an heirloom piece for sure.

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  8. Oh boy...these are sooo ADORABLE!

    Jen Ramos
    madebygirl.blogspot.com
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  9. The Chair looks amazing! I adore the fabric, and Chloe is too cute sitting on her little throne. Great job!

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  10. That looks so adorable , those strips sound tricky indeed to me .
    You did a great job.
    My goodness Chloe is growing quickly , just like they always do .

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  11. The chair turned out so good!!!
    I love it.

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  12. Yay! And awww! Look at my favorite little blog bebe!

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  13. ADORABLE!!! ... well worth two bloody fingers.

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  14. What a beautiful chair for a beautiful little munchkin! :) Those last few shots of her with the chair are too precious - she has such a beautiful smile!

    I hear you on the stripe thing! The tables & chairs in our kitchen were my Grandmother's old dining room set that we restained & reupholstered. My Mom started the slipcovers & then her and I had to change the whole idea and reupholster all the chairs together... in a bold stripe I picked - bad idea! I'll have to share a post on them one day!

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  15. DARLING! Just darling. Love it!

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  16. Chloe is just too cute! Great job on the mini chair!

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  17. OHHH MAAAa GOOONESS GRACIOUS! Where did you get such a delightful chair. ANd I think your lovely LOvely little lady is so lucky to have a momma that took the time to make such a wonderful treasure! I LOVE it so much!

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  18. Chloe looks adorable in her refurbished chair!! Great job!

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  19. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Congratulations! 8 months? Almost like a pregnancy! You have birthed (well, re-birthed) such a charming finished product. I love that chair. I can tell that cutie-pie Chloe does too. Her expression when she perched in it 8 months ago versus her smiley face as she poses with it now says it all: Well done, Mama!

    jbhat

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  20. That chair is super cute, even cuter with Chloe in it. The color you chose is awesome, along with the upholstery fabric, even though it was a pain for you to use. It turned out really well.

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  21. Love how the chair turned out, but she completely out starred it!

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  22. Jennifer, you did an amazing job!! I love how it turned out, and Chloe looks so cute in her new chair :)

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  23. Carolyn5:35 PM

    OMG, what's changed is now she doesn't sit still!

    She's beautiful!!

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  24. Carolyn5:36 PM

    PS: Chair is FANTASTIC!!

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  25. I love it. It's wonderful and darling.

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  26. She is a doll! The chair looks awesome! Fantastic job!

    Roeshel

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  27. This is the cutest chair ever- great job. I love the color of the wood with the fabric. She is going to love this chair as she grows. LOVE IT!

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  28. Gorgeous chair and even more gorgeous baby! What a lucky girl Chloe is to have such a beautiful chair.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  29. Okay, that is probably the cutest chair I've ever seen! I love the color and the fabric is great! Chloe is quite precious as well :)

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  30. How cool! And that color is gorgeous!

    m ^..^

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  31. Oh, I just love this. I love the color you went with too, the blue is perfect! What a precious little one as well.

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  32. That is just the cutest chair ever!

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  33. This is just so utterly and completely adorable; both the precious, cutest little baby and that cutest ever little chair!

    What a fabulous makeover for that little mini chair; the colours the fabric..,perfection!

    Do feel welcome to visit my blog as well anytime!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  34. Wow, that chair is so cute and so is Chloe! It looks so much better painted that color! The results were well worth the effort!

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  35. Looove the chair makeover it's fabulous, fit for a little princess!(She's adorable)! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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  36. Your mini chair make over is adorable and little Chloe is even cuter!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  37. Holy smokes - does that chair look amazing! What a find and what a great job you did!

    LOVE IT!

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  38. Love the way the chair came out and love the sweet little faces!

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  39. oh my goodness oh my goodness...
    the chair totally came out better than I had ever dreamed! You are a pro darling...so says me and your bloody fingers ;)
    XO - katie

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  40. That is such an adorable chair. I am getting ready to reupholster some and am so glad I stopped in here today. It's nice to have some tips!

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  41. Your poor bloody fingers did a flawless job!! A mini chair fit for a mini princess. The only thing more darling than the chair is Chloe. She's such a busy bee!

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  42. I.LOVE.THAT.CHAIR. That is one amazing chair. You did a great job. And Chloe is a doll!

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  43. That is the cutest chair and I love the fabric you chose! Chloe is so cute playing on it too.
    Great job!

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  44. Awesome job! That turquoise is the most amazing colour! Chloe is a very lucky little girl. I have a chair (which I'm sitting on at the moment) which I would like to reupholster but have no idea where to start...

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  45. Thank you all for the comments :) And if I can reupholster, anyone can do it!

    Emma - I always start with picking fabric for inspiration!

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  46. The chair looks great! Chloe is very cute! And i'm also hoping for a post about the panelling i see in the background.

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  47. Everything about this is ADORABLE!

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  48. Roncie Vic - you have an eagle eye ;) We'll definitely be doing a post about the panelling once the bedroom is finished.

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  49. Oh this chair is to die for!!! Cutest little thing I've ever seen :) I just stumbled into your lovely blog and I can't wait to look around :)
    Always love to meet a fellow Canadian blogger!

    myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com

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  50. Love this chair ~ from the color to the fabric to the size! You did a great job!

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  51. The babies are the icing on the cake! I'm wondering if it took you half the time (or less).
    Gorgeous!!


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  52. love the fabric choice - great job!

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  53. SO Cute! What color/brand is that paint?

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  54. I think these are the cutest chairs ever.. Love the colors and fabric choice. Well done!

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  55. Wendy - the paint is Balmy Seas 490C-3 by Behr.

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  56. That child is cuter every time I'm here, and the chair isn't too shabby either.

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  57. OMGosh, I love the chair. How cute. You did a great job. The little one is a adorable! Thanks for sharing. Karie @
    karieschiccreations

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  58. WOW, this chair is amazing. I am visiting from CSI projects. I love the colors and the style is great. I am a new follower!

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  59. this is the cutest chair ever--I'm so jealous!

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  60. Adorable chair! What a great job.

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  61. Too cute & well done!

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