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REUPHOLSTERED | glider chair

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I’m happy to show you my first reupholstering job! My friend Amber and I recovered this glider chair and matching ottoman that she found for $50 bucks at a garage sale. She wanted to cover it with some fun fabric that matched her baby nursery and we both thought the shape could use some updating, which is why we added the buttons. We really didn’t know what we were doing so we just kind of guessed and started measuring! Here’s what the cushions looked like before.

Before (faded and outdated):


After (pretty and matching):

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It’s amazing what a little fabric will do!

Amber is the same friend I painted wall flowers for and now that we are finished with the chair, her nursery is complete! On her baby blog, you can see some video she captured of the completed nursery. I love all the little details she added to bring it all together and personalize it!

Kelly L. Hicks
User Interface Designer
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  • Jenna Bourland

    This chair makes me happy. It’s definitely the focal point of the room for me… well, just until Felicity gets here!

    You guys did a great job. I’m looking forward to more of your reupholstering jobs in the future!ReplyCancel

  • hannah.thompson

    great job kelly!! Your inspiring me to give it a go without mom’s help!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, that is beautiful! I am looking to do this for my nursery as well, but am a bit scared I will botch the whole thing. Was it very difficult to do? I may just hire someone instead. :)ReplyCancel

    • I definitely recommend doing it yourself! It actually wasn’t too difficult… we measured the fabric a little more than we thought we would need and it turned out it was too much so I had to sew the top seam in a couple times. But I guess it’s better to have too much fabric than not enough! You will get better the more you do it!ReplyCancel

  • abigail mcwaters

    woahhh!!! i love it!! i cant believe you did that completely yourself! looks amazing and i love the fabric choice!ReplyCancel

  • This is SO COOL! I LOVE IT! πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • “$50 bucks at a garage sale” but how much was the fabric and other materials?
    In any case great deal.
    My wife can’t get over the “eww” factor of old furniture because of the smelly cushions or whatever, and doesn’t think we can reupholster and have it look fresh and new.
    I will show her this link – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    You’ve inspired me. I picked up my chair for $25, now to reupholster. Only thing I Can’t figure out is how to do the snaps on the arms. Any suggestions???ReplyCancel

  • Hi Crystal, that’s great! If I remember correctly we sewed the arms shut – we didn’t use buttons. Good luck with your chair! Send me a link when you’re done! I’d love to see it!ReplyCancel

  • annie

    HOW did you do this? I’m trying to figure out how to do mine – but I have NEVER done anything like this!ReplyCancel

    • We didn’t really know either Annie! We just took the old cushions and using those we measured the fabric with them. It was really an experiment. I had to re-sew them in a couple times in order for them to fit. Just make sure you cut out enough fabric! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Marcy

    This looks great! I have a similar chair to reupholster for our nursery. How did you keep those seams showing on the top cushion?ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Desperate to do this myself too. did you just cover the old fabrick and foam or buy new stuff, or unstitching the old cover?ReplyCancel

  • miranda

    What type of fabric did you use? I have been looking to do this but dont know what kind of fabric to use that is durable for the baby and for lots of use?ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    How did you get those three creases in the back cushion? I’m talking about the two vertical and one horizontal lines. I’m afraid if I do this it’ll look completely flat.

    You guys did a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Annalise

    How many yards of fabric did you buy?ReplyCancel

    • kellyhicks

      Annalise, I think Amber bought around 3-4 yards.ReplyCancel

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