Double Take: Before and After Turquoise Cane Armchair

If any of you have been treated to buckets of non-stop rain the past few days, I bet you are ready for another chair makeover. We’re so excited to show you guys what took us only three days to complete. Yes, we’re crazy obsessed with our DIY projects.

Much like our previous armchair makeover, this chair and fabric we purchased at quite a steal. And much like the previous armchair makeover, this chair was just as ugly in its previous state. See it below:

 Cane Chair: The Before

Ahh! My eyes! I’m kidding, it wasn’t that bad. But the bright sun definitely makes it look much better. The frame was covered in some kind of black gunk that I had to clean off with my best disinfectant wipes, sand the entire frame, and then wipe off the remaining dust with paper towels.

 Then I primed the frame. Not sure why we primed before removing the existing fabric. However, I’m so glad we did because it has rained every day since. Our tools of choice:

Rustoleum Spray Paint Primer

Rustoleum Spray Paint Primer

Rustoleum Comfort Grip

Rustoleum Comfort Grip

That Comfort Grip is absolutely the best, especially if you have a lazy trigger finger. Also the trigger also you to adjust the thickness of the coats by adding less or more pressure.

Once  the primed chair dried, we brought it inside to began immediately stripping the chair of its velvety fabric. The tufted back was first to go, not too many staples here, followed by the backside of the chair and then the cushion.

Cane Armchair with velvet fabric

Let me explain to you guys how this chair was constructed. You could not remove the fabric from the cushion without removing the seat from the frame. It didn’t matter how many staples we removed, the fabric was screwed into the frame. Sadly, we didn’t figure this out until day two after almost breaking the wooden frame trying remove what we thought was the last staple.

Bottom chair springs

After all the fabric was removed we were left with usable patterns to cut out the new fabric. As you can see the last fabric on the bottom left was butchered in the removal process, but we had enough sense to cut the new fabric correctly

Sewing Chair Pattern

It didn’t take too long to cut out the patterns with a rotary cutter. Here’s a little sneak peak of the fabric we’re intending to use. Gorgeous right?!

Chair sewing pattern

Sorry there seemed to be more pictures of the before  process than in-progress photos, but once we started rolling we did not stop to take pictures. Another before shot just in case you forgot what it looked like.

Cane Armchair with velvet fabric

However, you all love the after pictures so much more so without further ado…

Turquoise Cane Chair Upholstered in Duralee Diamante

Turquoise Cane Chair Upholstered in Duralee Diamante

Turquoise Cane Chair upholstered in Duralee Diamante

The fabric we used is called “Diamante” by Duralee. It was purchased for $4.59 a yard and we bought the entire 2.75 yd remnant at Debois Textiles in Baltimore. The chair was bought at the local goodwill for $20. So the total cost of this project was somewhere around $30. Not bad for a complete chair makeover!

Update: Even though it’s still currently raining (4th day in a row), I was able to get some more shots of the chair with brighter light. You can see the great job Milla did on the tuft, which wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be when you have existing button holes, the fabric sort of tufts automatically for you due the tension.

Reupholsterd Cane Armchair in duralee diamante fabric
Reupholsterd Cane Armchair in duralee diamante fabric


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Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Upholstery Projects

About Milla

Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

59 Responses to Double Take: Before and After Turquoise Cane Armchair

  1. Rinni

    Whoa, that is one amazing chair transformation!! I’ve been wanting to take on a chair makeover but I’m super intimidated! You make it look so easy!! Beautiful job!

    • Milla

      Thanks Rinni for visiting. It’s greatly appreciated. This transformation was much easier than our previous chair makeover. Less sewing involved. Don’t be intimidated. I’ll say that you should start with something easy that you can quickly duplicate.

  2. Keicha

    You ladies are Very talented! I loved the chair makeover and really dnjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Kahli

      Thank you for visiting keicha hope to see you more often :)

  3. cassie

    i absolutely love the new look! the fabric is awesome! but a secret little part of me really liked the hot pink. :)

    • Kahli

      That definitely wasn’t hot pink cassie lol. Don’t be fooled by the sun it was more of a dusty pink. Thanks for the compliments though!

  4. julie

    looks great! I have 2 of the same chair..mine are undressed and waiting for me to be brave enough to put them back together…I wanted to ask you if you used a flat trim and glued it back on, or a piping? Not sure my trim is going to fit in the groove on the sides of the chair, b.c the caning is there…any help would be great~!

    • Kahli

      Hey Julie thanks for visiting! I had to sew piping and glued it down. That’s how the original chair had it. But when you sew the piping you will have to cut off the excess fabric to be able to cover the edges and the grooves. The part where the caning is at the arms we just put it there next to the caning we looked when we deconstructed and that’s what it looked like. Any other questions we’ll be happy to help. This is the second upholstery project and I still consider myself an amateur at sewing so I know you can do it!


    Amazing transformation! I have the GOLD version of this chair and will be redoing it for my daughter’s room. You did a great job! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Milla

      Its seems this chair is readily available everywhere. I would love to see the chair you do for daughter’s room when you’re done. Thanks for visiting Amanda.

  6. Brooke

    Wow! Loooove that fabric choice for the finished product. It looks fantastic. Great job!

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Brooke and thanks for the love. We seem to hit the jackpot on great fabric lately.

  7. Janae

    Wow I love it! its so gorgeous!! It looks like it was made for my house haha great job!!

    • Kahli

      Haha thanks Janae!

  8. Vicky

    Oolala what a transformation! I love your fabric choice. Have a great weekend!

    • Milla

      Thanks Vicky. I love the fabric too. Of course it had to be turquoise!

  9. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Oh this chair is just fantastic!

    I am hosting a new linky party on Wednesdays I would love to have you join in on the fun!

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Laura! I’ll keep a mental note to add something to your linky party on Wednesday.

  10. Tracy

    I saw a chair JUST LIKE THIS at Goodwill last night. It was orange and brown and 3 bucks!! I’m going back tonight to buy it after seeing this post. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Kahli

      3 bucks! Yes please go back and buy it! I hope it’s still there and can’t wait to see what you do with it. Please come back and share!

    • Milla

      Aww that’s great Tracy. 3 bucks! Please come back and show us your transformation.

  11. Marie

    This chair turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share!


    • Kahli

      Thanks for having us Marie!

  12. Margaret@RummageLiving

    I am in LOVE with this fabric! I’m always so hesitant to commit to a pattern/color since I tend to lean towards neutrals but this is GORGEOUS! I would love it if you linked up to T.G.I.F. ( Thank God I’m Finished) Friday at Rummage Living happening RIGHT NOW!


    • Kahli

      Oh wow thanks for the invite Margaret! Pattern and bright colors are what I love best and I always tend to choose the vibrant ones because I know I’ll finish the job haha!

  13. Margaret@RummageLiving

    haha that’s true- good motivation!


  14. Honey

    I’m really impressed with your upholstery job! You actually made is look half-way easy! I may get up the courage after all.

    • Kahli

      Sadly this comment was in the spam section and I’m just discovering it! Thank you so much for the kind words honey and I hope you get the courage, this chair was ten times easier than the floral chair.

  15. Project Queen (Mandy)

    Beautiful! You did a great job.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kahli

      Sometimes comments make to spam! Congrats :). Lol but seriously thank you for the beautiful compliments Mandy!

  16. mychampagnetaste

    Great job….love the fuschia flower on the turquoise chair 😉

    • Milla

      Lol. It’s a nice touch isn’t it.

  17. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this chair! I need on in my bedroom :) Great job on recovering it!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Erin! I hope you find a chair just like it for your bedroom :)

  18. Keandra


    • Kahli

      Hey hey Keandra! How’s it going :)? And thank you!

  19. Sarah Gibbs

    I love it what a gorgeous chair it now is, i am about to do my first ever chair makeover a small childs chair i had as a little girl that i cant bare to throw away but is in need of some major TLC the fabric you have used is just perfect for what i want thanks so much for sharing. I am hosting a give away pop on over

  20. brandi

    wow, what a makeover. love the fabric you chose for the chair. you guys are so talented.
    PS. i gave you an award today on my blog in case you’re interested. i realize that a lot of blogs are award free so please don’t feel obligated to pass it on.

    • Milla

      Wow an award! Thank you so.much! It’s greatly appreciated. We just love what we do so much, maybe too much lol, but we’re learning from others while inspiring others all because of the DIY design blog world.

  21. Carrie Snow

    Great work! I did a cane chair myself and it is HARD WORK. Seriously! Looks fantastic though. Keep it up!

    • Milla

      Thanks Carrie for visiting. The hardest part was removing that fabric before we decided to start unscrewing the seat.

  22. Dana

    Gorgeous. I love the bold colors. You did such a great job on this chair!


    • Kahli

      Thank you Dana! It is much appreciated!

  23. Sherry

    It looks fantastic! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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  25. Johnnie

    This is fabulous. Featured you at Thrifty Thursday.

  26. Carrie

    Was at Saved by Love and saw you were featured! Wanted to stop by and say congrats! This chair is totally deserving! (Only because of the work you all did of course!)


  27. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17

    What an absolutely gorgeous transformation! Visiting by way of your feature over at “Saved By Love Creations”.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    • Kahli

      Thanks Jenn! We love transforming chairs :)!

  28. Jill

    So pretty! Thanks for spending all that time giving the good tips – I have a tufted chair that is a little intimidating. One day, I’ll tackle it and you’re my inspiration :)

    • Milla

      Hey Jill. It looks pretty intimidating but with the existing holes. It wasn’t that hard. Thanks for checking out everything

  29. Lucy

    Give me a minute to pick up my jaw off the floor! You girls did a great job with this chair! I have two chairs that I’ve moved from my back porch into my living room so I can hopefully get crackin’ on that project. Otherwise they’ll stay in the back porch for all eternity along with my small sofa that I’m still to scared to reupholdster =/ Way to go on this DIY you girls inspire me!

    • Kahli

      Yes I recall you mentioning that chair on your back porch a few months ago. Glad you finally moved into your living room. That is the first step! I hope you get going on the sofa soon too. I was so scared to mess up. I think that’s why I pick lovely fabric because I’ll be extra patient and careful because I’d hate to destroy it haha.

  30. Mitzi Zohar

    Fab transformation!

  31. BeezRentalDesigns

    Oh how lovely! This is the type of chairs I was looking for on my thrift hunt last week! I found one okay chair but not quite what I was looking for, plus I need a pair. You two or so inspiring! : )

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