re-upholstery a la glue gun.

 if you are a "real" re-upholstery professional...you may want to avert your eyes.  this is a redo whilst making do with what I had on hand.  though...i may be willing to bet you that you can't tell the difference once you are sitting...  
 here's a before, next to an in progress chair.  we went to visit our uncle b last weekend and i kindly stole acquired these from his garage.  he thought the red was just fine.  i thought so too.  if i were going to put them in a dental office...they had a goodwill sticker on them of a whopping $5 each.  
 i did not take off the red before i put on the houndstooth.  i took one look at the bagillion staples and just had a feeling that my patience would not tolerate the removal of so many staples.  the fabric i used is upholstery weight so you can't tell...and because i didn't start from scratch...i had to use a glue gun in some places...once i stapled where i could.  
 my favorite part may be the part you never see...a fun fabric covering the bottoms.  
it's fun just knowing it's there. 
i'm pretty pleased with my unconventional re-upholstery style.  :)
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22 comments:

Jessica said...

I love them Crystal! They look fab! :) great job!

Amanda said...

Very nice! :) I think I need to update my ugly dining chairs really soon with this technique.

Andrea said...

Those chairs look great! I love the bottoms ~ a fun little secret.

Taylor said...

So cute! I have an ikea chair that is desparate for something like this. This looks like something I could totally do! Thank you for the inspiration.

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

love them and love that you covered the bottom. so cute!!

Lace said...

Love them! & I think the bottom is my favorite part :)

sara's art house said...

These are adorable!

Cora Anne Designs said...

They look great! A major improvement!! :)

Kim -today's creative blog said...

LOVE THAT! Can you do my a big favor. Can you please update my buttons to reflect my new address? http://todayscreativeblog.net

Lisa said...

I ove them! Great job and my favorite part is the hidden fabric on bottom. Love having something pretty like that...its like lingerie for chairs. :)
I know...I'm goofy

Stacia said...

These look great! I hope you are doing well:)

Liberty said...

Great job!! I'm going to have to use you as inspiration if you don't mind!! :))

A Little Of A Lot said...

Very cute and my first thoughts were "She ransacked a Dr's office" :)

the momma said...

I love the surprise of the finished bottom!!!

Alicia said...

That looks really great! I love unconventional...it's so convenient. Good Job!
Your blog is really fun!

Jody said...

They are ADORABLE!! ha! I 've always wanted to upholster but fear the process - now I know of an easier way. The bottoms are oh so very chic & cute!!! Great job.

Oh Mandie said...

eeeep the bottoms are my favorite part! They turned out really great!

Katy said...

they look GREAT and if I was you, I'd have people lay in the floor so they could see the DARLING underneath prettiness. :)

Anastacia said...

Hi there! First time visitor, found you from one of those craft blog parties. I just wanted to say I love the fact that you didn't bother to rip off the old upholstery before adding the new. I've got an old, ugly chair that I picked up for free, and while it's very cozy to sit in, it's so ugly. I've wanted to re-do it forever, but I knew I didn't have the patience to do a "real" job, so I love your idea!

Ky said...

Just lovely! I'd be knocking the over accidently on purpose, all the time, just to see under them!

Wendy said...

They look fabulous :)

Bridget F said...

thank you for the moral support in glue gun upholstery. I now feel less guilty about being lazy and not learning to sew a double welt. Also, very cute chairs & i love the secret fabric on the bottoms.

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