Save it Don’t Toss it!

January 26, 2011 at 7:25 am | Posted in furniture | 60 Comments
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The day we closed on our home last spring my husband and I stopped at our local Salvation Army to waste some time before our appointment to sign the papers.

We spotted a chair that looked super comfy but another person was circling around it. There was no price tag on it and the other person very rudely asked an employee what the price was. The employee promptly told her $75.00 and the customer quickly said no because of the high price and walked away. Immediately the employee said to us, I’ll give it to you for $30.00, I just didn’t like how rude that lady was, do you want it? Ummm duh! Sold! Score us for rude people!

Here’s a picture of our comfy but ugly chair.

(Chair Before)

It’s sat in our living room looking ugly for months. I knew I wanted to use it in the living room but had no idea what I wanted to do with it because I didn’t know how I wanted to decorate the room.

Honestly, I’m still not really sure what I want to do in our living room but got tired of looking at the ugly chair so I played it safe and had it re-covered in off-white cotton duck. Neutral works, the chair can be moved to all of our rooms, a new pillow or new throw and the chair looks totally different!

(Chair After)

A little bit of information for you, recovered and reupholstery are 2 different things. Recovered is when the inside and frame of the chair is in good condition and the fabric is replaces. Reupholstery is when new webbing, springs or fillings need to be replaced.

I am beyond happy with how the chair turned out. I think re-doing furniture is such an incredible skill and craft to have and if you get someone good to finish your furniture I guarantee your piece will look so much better then a piece just bought from a store.

Another benefit of saving your piece of furniture it’s usually cheaper then buying a new chair.

This arlington armchair from Pottery Barn is over $1,100.00.

(Pottery Barn chair)

My chair looks pretty similar and I paid less then $500.00 for the chair, fabric and to have it recovered.

So next time you’re sick of a piece of furniture save it don’t toss it!



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  1. Ok, so I have an ugly chair that I have thought about getting rid of it. But it is my favorite place to sit and has a ton of memories. Did you have a tutorial or did you already know how to do it? I want to do it to mine!

    • My tutorial is find a good upholsterer! (; This is one project I wouldn’t take on myself. It cost less then $500.00 for the chair, fabric and to have it done. Worth every penny! I say splurge on this piece especially since it means something to you!! Good luck!!

  2. WOWW it looks fantastic!! i started a blog to collect my
    favorite before and afters, and i just wrote a post about your
    chair here:
    thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Ella thanks so much for taking the time to blog about my new chair! So nice of you!!

  3. […] The living room is the most recent rooms I’ve bought a chandelier for.  I haven’t installed it yet but it’s sitting in the room just waiting to go up!  (Hopefully it won’t take as long as my chair I just had recovered!) […]

  4. Wow. What a deal! The chair looks great. Even better because it was not $1100.00

    • It’s the best because it didn’t cost $1100.00!

  5. Wow!! I honestly have never considered recovering. Thanks for the comparison. I’m in Indy too…I may need your upholsterers number someday. 😉

    • Hi Erin, please just email me if you ever need the number, I highly recommend them, they are very professional, do impeccable work and our family business. They even pick up and drop off your furniture free of charge. Thanks for visiting house to your home! It means alot to me!

  6. so pretty 🙂


  7. Rudeness will get you no where. Her being rude was definitely in your favor. I great makeover on that chair.

    • Thanks for popping by, you always leave great comments!

  8. It’s an amazing after. I’m so glad you took before and afters, it really shows how a new fabric can give something new life. Thanks for sharing it at A Crafty Soiree!

    PS: Thanks for explaining the difference between recovered and reupholstery:)

  9. Your chair looks great and such a bargain. The off white is perfect. It can move from room to room with just an accent color change.

  10. It’s gorgeous. I love it.

  11. I love it!!!My husband and I were at a goodwill and we saw a lounging couch kind of like a fainting couch but without the back. It was an ugly green and looked like a herd of camels had walked across the fabric. we bought it for 20.00. It had nice bones you know what I mean ? I plan on cleaning it first then putting a batting over it and then a new cover. I think I will also hang an edge of beads around the bottom. I might put it in my new sewing room if their is room when I get it finished. So not sure what I am going to cover in. Isnt it fun to find nice pieces and rescue them instead of buying new and not made as well most of the time either as the oldies!!!!!!

  12. Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy! Thank you for providing the difference between recovered and reupholstered… I had no clue! I guess I will be “recovering” the chair sitting in my office. Not reupholstering it!

  13. What an amazing transformation! And I am impressed with your white choice! My kid would call it her canvas in 3 seconds flat!
    It looks gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

    • Lol, I only have one daughter and she’s 12, so I think we’re safe, plus lots of Scotchguard!

  14. I LOVE how this chair turned out! Gorgeous! You will be able to use this chair everywhere and forever.

    Found you on the Remodelaholic link party 🙂

    • Thanks Shelley, and I have no doubt the chair will make it’s rounds!!

  15. Don’t you love it when things like this happen? I have fabulous wing back chair that I had reupholstered. I want to learn the skill as I know I could make some money…

  16. Beautiful as usual! Thank you for sharing this at my link party.

    • I want to thank you for hosting these parties, I’ve met so many new readers because of your parties!!! So thank you!!

  17. We did this same thing last year for our nursery!!! I love it!

    • Thank you! I’m sure the chair in the nursery looks perfect!!!

  18. Thanks so much for linking up, this is amazing!!

  19. You chair is now not only comfy but very stylish, Laurie. White was a great choice since it is so versatile.

    Thanks for linking to the party. Have a great weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    • Thanks Liz! Hope you’re having a great 2011!

      • Love this chair. My grandfather used to have an Upholstery Shop. I have thought of redoing a chair… you’ve inspired me so I think I will attempt it! I am a new follower!

      • Thanks for the follow!! I really appreciate it!

  20. That chair looks awesome! My grandfather used to have a Upholstery business. I have thought of redoing a chair… maybe I should! I am a new follower… please follow me!

  21. Wow beautiful makeover ~ love how it turned out!

  22. Oooh, I love it! Nice people win! 😉
    I would love for you to link up to my link party going on right now…each entry leaves you eligible to win $130 at CSN

    • Darn Meg, I missed your a chance to link up! Do you do it every week? Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

  23. Wow. Amazingly beautiful. And you would’ve fooled me! Looks just like the PB one!!

  24. Hi Laurie, great to see you again! Love the chair and thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  25. I LOVE this recover, it’s an amazing makeover! I’m featuring this tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  26. oh. my. gosh. TEACH ME. Found ya on Lamb Around. Would love if you stopped by LGTB ❤

  27. WOW!!! 100% improvement!! Thanks so much for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!! Hope to see you again THIS week!

  28. This looks great and what an awesome score! I’ve been known to take some fabric and a staple gun to my furniture. My technique is much more shabby chic (emphasis on shabby) than this beautiful chair. Thanks for linking up to my Show and Share linky party!

  29. […] have been dreaming of learning to recover furniture! And this is the perfect example of why! This recovered chair is AMAZING!!! I totally would have thrown it out considering it a lost cause. Instead she preformed […]

  30. […] Here are some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers for January but first can you guess what my most popular post was last month? […]

  31. wow. what an after…

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice last week.

    FYI: Creative Juice is on hiatus until the week of Valentine’s Day because of The Beat the Winter Blues Party.

    If you have any cool photo project you’d like to link up…stop by!

  32. What a gorgeous chair. It looks amazing after the recovering.

  33. […] House to Your Home redid this chair. You should totally go check out the before picture. […]

  34. Your post rocks so much that I featured it at this weeks link party: Hookin up with HoH #35!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you’d like.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  35. I wish I had the skills and abilities to reupholster a chair. I am pretty certain I would end up with a pile of cloth and sitting in frustration next to the chair.

    Your chair looks awesome. I would love to have your talent to reupholster my bright pink rocker or the IKEA sofa that is stained so needs a slipcover all the time.

  36. I totally have a chair like that sitting around in my house…you have given my the extra push I need to finish it! Yeah. I featured your little lovely chair on my weekly wrap-up.


    • Thanks Halsey! I really appreciate it, have a fun weekend!

  37. Hi, I featured your project on my Show and Share Showoffs. Please go check it out and grab a button.

  38. Very good point. I did that with our couch and chair – all recovered (they need it again though…ugh!)

  39. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that you will be featured on Creative Juice Thursday this week!

    {Buttons for featured projects are on my header’s bar}


  40. Great tute, I don’t know if furniture redo is for me but I def like how it turned out. Can’t say I’d ever pay $1k for a chair, it’d better have wheels lol

    Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition Fridays if you like.~ Christy

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