Hints for Recovering a Wingback Chair

Hints for Recovering a Wingback Chair by Lindsay
When Cassity asked me to write a post for Remodelaholic, I had to pinch myself. I have been blogging for less than a year and my posts are scattered at that. Diffendwelling is my way of paying back all the other amazing bloggers out there who share their project how-tos and a little bit of their life along the way. So without further ado, here’s a glimpse into one of my (semi) recent projects:
I’ve always had a thing for wing chairs. There’s something so stately and timeless about them. So when I got the urge to put a new chair in my living room, I knew exactly what I wanted- a wing chair.
Being married to a medical school student, I knew that I was going to have to make this happen on the cheap. My initial thought: slip covering …then I realized that I don’t really sew well and most slip covers I have seen don’t make my heart skip a beat. So I (without the slightest idea of where to begin) decided that I was going to teach myself to reupholster. I learned completely via blogs and YouTube. You can find all the links I used on my site.
Because I usually scroll down to see the “after” photo, I’ll spare you the agony. Here’s the finished product:
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It all started with this $20 find from a local resale store:
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From there, I completely stripped the chair down to the bare bones.
You can read about it here:
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It was just like peeling an onion, each piece layered behind another. I made sure to number all of my pieces in the order that I took them off (which was amazingly helpful for the reupholstering part). I also did everything I could to keep what I removed in tact.
Once everything was removed, I began with the last piece that I removed, laid it on top of my new fabric to use as a template, traced it(as in the picture below), and stapled it into place onto the chair.  I continued to do that, working backward, using my number system.

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Oh, and I made some piping, using a zipper foot (and broke about 10 sewing machine needles in the process).
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Do you recognize that fabric from somewhere? It’s Pottery Barn’s Simone print. But I found it’s actual name (Lutron Vintage) and got it for $10 less a yard than PB was selling it for.  (You can get the full how-to on this here.)    And after more tracing and cutting and a whole bunch of staples later (and soliciting my grandma to make the cushion cover for me), I had the finished product.
For your viewing pleasure, my wing chair:
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 Wally tested, Wally approved.
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Thanks for stopping by to see my transformation! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions, as I will be more than happy (with the limited knowledge that I have) to answer them!   And come follow me over at Diffendwelling. I’d love to stay in touch.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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