I’ll soon be sharing the misadventures of my international relocation as well as the trials and tribulations that come with restarting in Canada after over 20 years spent living abroad but let’s kick off my return to Confessions of a Refashionista with a groovtastic garbage upcycle!
One of the most fabulous refashionista perks that I’ve (re)discovered about Toronto is garbage day. As householders are permitted to leave oversized items out for pick-up along with their trash and recycling each and every garbage day has the potential to be an amazing treasure finding adventure:
Just look at that beauty left by the side of the road! Removing that nasty beige cover revealed a high end wing back chair that had definitely seen better days but was absolutely fixable:
Here’s my refashionista version of how to reupholster a wing back chair:
I raided my stash and grabbed the 4 metres of thick fabric I’d originally bought for making some funky curtains (until I got it home and realized that the colours were all wrong for the room) + my tape measure and scissors.
Full disclosure: I had never reupholstered a wing back chair, had no idea what I was doing and just let my imagination take over.
After removing as much of the original upholstery fabric as I dared I measured and noted the length and width of each side as well as the front, back and seat areas.
I then grabbed my trusty staple gun and began my reupholstery journey by tightly securing that fancy new fabric around the front of the arms of the chair.
The front of the seat was a bit of a challenge. I easily affixed the bottom of the fabric to the wood on the underside of the chair however the actual seat area had nothing to secure the staples to so I ended up painstakingly handstitching the fabric around the interior of the front of the chair seat.
The sides of the arms were straightforward and quickly completed by simply chopping the fabric to size, folding under the raw edges and stapling it in place. (9 to 5 in the background definitely makes picky work more enjoyable!)
Once the sides were done it was time to ponder just how to recover that pesky backrest:
After much deliberation I decided that the best course of action was to stretch a long piece of fabric over the backrest and stuff the edges around and in between the sides and seat of the chair then securely staple them to the interior wood of the back. Whew!
At this point I was running out of fabric, akk! Luckily I only had the back left to do so I grabbed the biggest remaining scraps, stitched them all together and stapled them around the edge of the back of the chair.
I wasn’t a fan of those visible staples so I snagged a roll of lace and my glue gun
and stuck a lovely lace border over those unsightly staples!
The worn out seat cushion cover was easily replaced by using the original as a template to create a lovely new cover.
Lastly, the legs of the chair were spruced up with a fresh coat of paint.
S o M u c h B e t t e r !
I honestly thought reupholstering this chair would be ridiculously difficult and time consuming however it turned out to be a fairly simple project with incredibly dramatic results! The next time you spy an unwanted piece of furniture by the side of the road stop, take a peek and let your refashionista imagination take over!
Update: I managed to thrift a bag of groovy vintage borders so was able to replace that cream coloured lace with some fab black trim, hooray!
Want more groovy furniture & decor DIYs? Have a scroll though my Tutorials for the Nest and get upcycling!