Our Family Unit



After tackling the bedroom chair, I figured I’d give something bigger a try.  For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make our living room a bit more homey and cozy and “us”; but the possibility of going out and buying an entire furniture set was out of the question.  Plus, I prefer a more eclectic look, not so matchy-matchy.  I want where we live to reflect us and invite people in to stay awhile.  Kyle and I are many things, but matchy-matchy we are not.

At the moment we have a couch and loveseat.  The couch we love, but the loveseat I’ve loathed for a while.  I feel like unless you only invite newlyweds over, it seldom gets used to seat two people.  So my plan (because Kyle needs to know that I DO have a plan) is to replace the loveseat with 2 chairs.  I found the first of the replacements at a garage sale for $20.


It was perfect! or would be.  It was just big enough to hold me and Kade together and would be a great story time chair.  Plus it was comfy and spun around, great for being on the edge of the living room that opens into the dining room.  I just kept my fingers crossed that once the oily blue fabric and mounds of cat hair were removed, it would be a seat someone would want to sink into.


So far the only experience I had reupholstering furniture was stapling a rectangle of fabric to a wood frame.  I really had no idea what I was getting into.  I started taking it apart from the bottom and worked my way up, saving every scrap of fabric to use as a pattern and taking lots of pictures, so I would know how it all fit back together.  When I uncovered the tac strips and fabric clamps (aka Jaws of Death), my confidence started to wane – but there was no turning back.


Finally, the dissection was over.  After cleaning up from the bloody mess, it was time for the fun – new fabric.  I found what I wanted at FabricGuru, a great place for inexpensive upholstery fabric.  I was a little leery of buying fabric without touching it, but they gave an accurate description and delivered a beautiful chocolate chenille.  The cushions took me about 2 hours each.  Not because they were incredibly difficult, but because prior to this, the most sewing I had done in my adult life was sewing a basket lining for Kade’s nursery.  And that was only under the watchful eye of my sister (who actually had sewn the other 3 and FORCED me to sew the last one.  Thanks Sis!)  I estimated that putting the chair back together would only take a few hours, since I “knew what I was doing” after taking it apart only a few days before.  In some cases, seeing the glass half-full is not appropriate.  SEVEN hours later though, I was rewarded with this.

Brown ChairBrown Chair 2

My living room transformation was underway.


  • Comment by Megan — November 2, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    I applaud your work sis. See? Me forcing you to sew that stuff turned out to be a really good thing! hehe

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