Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Yellow Side Chair Makeover with mini tutorial

Hello! I know it’s been forever since you’ve seen either one of us around these parts, but I do have a makeover to share with you all today. The good news is that we haven’t just been sitting on our butts all month, we’ve actually been very busy! Other than enjoying our summer with trips to amusement parks, we have been working on our bedrooms and other projects. In the next few weeks we should have a huge upholstery project to share. However, today I’m sharing a chair that resides in my bedroom.

french cane chair

You may remember this chair from a few months ago that I purchased for $50 and I primed it right away, while I decided on a color and fabric.

white french cane chair, teal desk, teal mirror
After hitting the jackpot on a yellow garden stool at the new grand opening of HomeGoods in Baltimore (Towson) MD, I decided to go with a bright sunny yellow and here is the new look.

yellow upholstered side chair

Isn’t it pretty? I really love anything yellow these days. It’s such a happy color and it looks great paired with white linen which I scored at 50% off a yard at Joann’s huge fabric sale last week.

yellow upholstered side chair

Initially, I was going to keep the caning on the back of the chair, but I felt like upholstering the back with fabric gave it a more modern look.

yellow upholstered side chair and vintage pillow

The pillow featured is an etsy find bought by Milla that I pulled from the living room just  for this post. I love the way it looks paired with the bright yellow.

The chair was relatively easy to upholster, compared to past projects that involve a lot more sewing and stapling. For this chair I only sat at the sewing machine to sew the double welt cording/piping. Here’s a mini tutorial of how the process went

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First, I cut out two pieces of fabric, one for the back and one for the front. I cut them out together by folding the linen in half (backsides facing each other). Since I didn’t have an existing piece of fabric to use as a pattern I just traced it out on a large piece of paper or you can use cardboard. Starting in the middle, I stapled the fabric to the inside of the chair, making sure to pull tightly after each staple and stapled a layer of batting over top. I followed up with another layer of batting stapling on three sides only (leaving the bottom open) which allowed me to stuff more cotton poly-fil inside. Staple the bottom when the back is filled to your satisfaction.

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Follow-up with the last layer of fabric, cutting as close to the staples as possible. And that’s where you add the double welt piping/cording for a professional finished look. Here’s a tutorial I wrote last year on how I sew my piping. The seat is a drop-in seat, so I just had to cover it in fabric similar to a dining chair.

yellow upholstered side chair


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Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects, Tutorials, Upholstery Projects

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Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

12 Responses to Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Yellow Side Chair Makeover with mini tutorial

  1. cassie

    WOW! i love that!! the bold color is perfection!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Cassie :). We love bold!

  2. samaa

    I’ve been missing your posts Kahli, because you guys always come up with the most gorgeous stuff! Love this chair, it turned out great :) The colour is so fun! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been upto :)

    • Kahli

      I didn’t even realize I left a comment on your blog today! It has a new look! I love it! Thanks for the sweet comment :).

  3. Linda@Coastal Charm

    What a fun chair…thanks for sharing it at my party.


  4. Helen

    Hi Kahli, Y’all did an excellent job on that chair. Love it. Hope you visit me ..I’m also on the Coastal Charm party.
    Thanks, Helen

  5. uncle rado

    i will like to post some pictures of the restaurant and i will need help to redesign the looks of it

  6. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    This looks fantastic! I am in love with that bright glossy yellow, it’s perfect with that cushion as well – thinking the cushion’s definitely got a new home there 😉 And thanks for the tutorial on double welt piping, never knew how that was done! Missed your posts! xxx

  7. Cathy@My1929Charmer

    Beautiful job on the chair – love the color and that pillow just makes it pop. Great tip on double welt piping. I have 5 chairs I’ll be doing soon so will come in handy! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  8. Shay

    The chair looks amazing! I wish you updated the blog more often! I love your work

  9. Anthony

    These pictures are great, I Love them. The colors used on the chair are excellent kahli

  10. katy

    hey I love the yellow colour you have used. What paint did you use for this? am looking to add it to a stool I have. Brilliant

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