One thing we have discovered about thrift store and estate sale furntiture – you can usually pick it up inexpensively if it needs to be reupholstered.  We assume this is because it is NOT cheap to have something recovered.  So we decided to sign up for a 6-week, 4 hr/week upholstery class at a local fabric store.  For Day 1, we were told to bring in a chair to complete during the course.  Of course, we picked items from our collection of stylish furniture.

Janice is redoing a chair with great bones.  She is planning on covering the inside of the chair with a different fabric than the outside.  Our instructor George (the Greek) walked around her chair and confidently announced that she would need 5 yards of fabric.

The chair obviously lived in a house with a sharp-clawed cat (probably why we got a great deal on it!).

Karen is redoing a “fainting couch” purchased from a neighbor.  It is actually in great shape, but the fabric doesn’t match the rest of her furniture.  She is looking for a beige painters cloth type of fabric.  George told her she needed 7 yards which seems a little low, considering the large amount of piping on this piece.  She may buy an extra yard or so to be safe!

The challenge of this piece is the “channeling” on the back.  George says that we are going to reduce the number of channels to make it easier.

Here we are arriving for Upholstery class- Day 1.  Luckily, the fabric store let us borrow one of their carts.

Day 1 was spent ripping most of the old fabric, batting, lining, old birds nests, etc off of the pieces.  This turned out to be much harder than expected.  It is amazing how many heavy-duty staples are used to attach the fabric to the chair frame!

Janice working on her chair.   From the expression on her face, she may have found that bird’s nest.

This is fun!

Janice’s chair at the end of Day 1.  Now it kind of has that Restoration Hardware “deconstructed” look.

Karen working on her chaise:

She was lucky to get a lot of help from George.

The chaise at the end of Day 1.  Note the two magnetic tack hammers on the table.  Don’t skimp when buying one – we were convinced to buy the much more expensive hammer on the left when we saw how much better the magnetic end held tack nails.

Day 1 flew by because we were having so much fun.  Here are our pieces loaded up to go home:

Our assignment for next week is to find and purchase our material.  Thanks for keeping up with us as we learn a new skill to make our estate sale finds more “stylish”.