Before and After: DIY Upholstery Classes Yield Big Results

Kate takes upholstery classes at my studio. She began collecting furniture to outfit her son’s apartment. Before she knew it, she had an entire garage full of living room furniture that needed updating. She decided to take upholstery classes to learn how to do it herself.

As classes progressed, she didn’t stop her Craigslist shopping for affordable Mid Century Modern pieces. Prices for this era of furniture are still very reasonable around these parts. In addition to finding great deals, she’s met some interesting and crazy furniture folks, a side benefit to thrifting and hunting for unique pieces.

The chair seat and back came out as separate upholstered pieces which made spray painting the cane frame as easy as pie.

The red fabric and black frame turned out clean, modern and perfect for a college student’s first pad.

Now let’s take a look at her first chair. She brought in this Martha Washington open armed side chair. She sharpened it up by painting the wood a glossy black. Surprisingly, the arms on these chairs can cause some frustration. It’s trickier than it looks to get the fabric tight, smooth and attached at the front and the back while keeping the design aligned. It was a learning experience and Kate gained some valuable upholstery savvy in the process. Now she’s unstoppable.

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2 Responses to Before and After: DIY Upholstery Classes Yield Big Results

  1. Cat says:

    yippee, you are back! and look what you have unleashed on the world…gorgeous revamped/recycled furniture!

  2. shellyleer says:

    You’d have to show me what you’re talking about. Send a photo to my email address.