Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Yellow Side Chair Makeover with mini tutorial
We’re passionate decorators from Maryland fascinated by all facets of creativity. Our love for creativity compliments our attention to stylish interiors and graphic design. On a more interesting note we’re identical twins and who doesn’t love twins!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.