Rehabbed and Reupholstered Chairs

Some tasks are better left to an expert, so with the help of a trusted upholsterer, HGTV Magazine gave these tired chairs a second life.
By: Jessica Dodell-Feder and Rae McConville

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

Photo By: Greg Marino

How to Transform a Sad Seat

Look for an upholsterer who offers free consultations, and go see his or her work up close in person. Discuss your style ideas, get an estimate and get started!

Garish fabric and nothing-special wood legs looked so dated on this chair, so green ikat-style upholstery was chosen, set off by high-gloss cream paint. Firm foam filling was added to the seat and back for extra comfort.

Road to Recovery

Wool, poly blends and cotton fabric will last longer than silk and linen. Fabric: Flame Stitch Green by Duralee, $45.50 per yard, Paint: Mother of Pearl high-gloss latex by Olympic

Not Your Grandmother's Chair

This wingback chair's dusty, granny-style floral fabric had to go. Did you know that your upholsterer can also make new pillows and refinish wood arms and legs?

Save the Seat

Two-tone upholstery (navy linen on the seat cushion and seat back, and a modern persimmon and navy branch pattern on the frame) was used and antique-brass-finish nail heads were added as trim. Fabrics: Solid: Metro linen in blue, $13 per yard,; pattern: Prasana American Beauty by John Robshaw, $35 per yard,

Boring and Blah

The curvy legs on this slipper chair were extremely outdated. And that drab fabric? It wore out its welcome decades ago.

Punched Up and Revamped

Multicolored stripe with matching piping was swapped in, which made for a cheery complement to the new plumped-up seat cushion and chunky walnut legs on casters. If you're feeling fickle about fabric, buy one yard and drape it over the chair to help you decide if it's a keeper. Fabric: Complex Jewel by RM Coco, $29 per yard,; Legs: Carved walnut with brass caster, $32 each,

Bad Plaid

Old-fashioned skirted plaid and a too-squishy seat made this chair ripe for a redo. You may be able to negotiate a discount with your upholsterer if he or she is working on two or more projects at once.

Major Makeover

To give the piece a sophisticated look, we lost the skirt and upholstered the chair in a gray-and-white trellis-pattern fabric. Raspberry piping highlights the boxier shape of the updated cushions. Fabric: Haviland gray, $38 per yard,; piping: Kanvas in hot pink, $35 per yard,

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