Black and White Striped Armchair : The Reveal

Remember the sneak peek of my chair I gave you last week

It is finished. Yay! 

Took me forever. 

Bought the chair for $50 in November and it is now April. 

Yup, took me forever.

Here is a quick rundown of what was involved. 

Removed the ugly vinyl that was nailed on with a gazillion 1" nails and nail heads. 

That took forever, patience was needed. 

Then removed second layer of dusty fabric that was nailed onto the frame with hand forged nails. Those took forever to remove.

Can I say that again? 

Achy hands set in. Took a break. Cursed a bit. 

Found straw stuffing under the upper part of the chair. Sneezed a bit. 

Stapled fabric onto chair. This was by trial and error. Cursed some more. 

Then nailed in 223 nail heads. 

Don't ask me for a tutorial, I might throw the chair at you.


I am happy. The chair is done. 

Want to see?



Will I ever try something like this again?

 Not sure, after all that work I don't think I would hesitate paying a professional.

But my total cost might make me try again.
Chair: $50
Fabric {from Ikea}: 2 m @ $7.99m = $16
250 nail heads @ $ 0.8 ea = $20

Grand total: $86

 Have a wonderful weekend all my lovely readers!

 I finally finished my painting project that I have given you peeks of on my Facebook page. Hoping to set it up this weekend. 

What are you up to?

XO Barbara

*This chair is visiting:
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
Addicted 2 Decorating
Designer Garden
*Oct 29, 2011 visiting
Junkin Junky


  1. So glad you photo docked this as I have a chair just like this I've been wanting to recover! Now I will have your example! Yea! Love how you kept the wood natural. Very striking with the stripes!

  2. Love it. Well worth the trouble. I have a very similar chair that I redid in the 80's with a peach flame stitch (remember that) and I rencently had it done in an animal print. There are lots of these great chairs around. I love to see what people have done to rescue them.

    I love how the bottom strip curves with the chair!

  3. Your hard work paid off, because it is fabulous! The nailhead trim looks great. Sorry it gave you such a "hand"ache ;)

  4. It looks soooo good! :) Way to go lady!

    I have a garage sale chair that I purchased last May and started sanding down to repaint before I recover it... and I'm still not done (the sanding haha). I'm hoping once class ends I can focus on it again!

    Have a great weekend xx

  5. It looks great! And $86 is a sweet price!! Happy Friday : )

  6. I love it. You are a re-furbishing rockstar!

  7. It looks amazing!! Love the nail head detail, it really finishes it off. You will have that chair for the rest of your life 'cause it's so timeless. Great investment of time I say:)

  8. That's gorgeous! I'm so jealous of your amazing DIY skills!

  9. The chair looks amazing Barbara! I think it was definitely worth the wait. Wow - I just love it!

  10. I love the result! Definitely worth the labour. The black/white fabric looks great with the wood. I'm glad you left it unpainted. And I'm also glad I'm not the only DIY snail. I have soooo many projects patiently waiting to be finished.

  11. It's gorgeous! A lot of work but well worth it in the end. But if you're like me - after all that hard work it takes awhile to see it in another light. In another week or so, you'll be all TOTALLY IN LOVE with it!

  12. Barbara! Tres chic! I love the fabric and the nail heads dress it up perfectly. I'm a little afraid of re-upholstery, but if my results looked as good as yours I'd be jumping in the street :)

  13. Your a better woman than me- I gave up after one day at my attempted chair upholstery project. Major high fives for you- it looks AMAZING!!!

  14. Nice work! It looks awesome... and I am in awe of your perseverance! Did you say 250 nailheads??? Have a great weekend :-)

  15. Looks fabulous! I wouldn't thinking of asking for a tutorial on nail heads...I'm thinking after the first 10 or so, you are on the path to professional.
    Beautiful job!

  16. SPOT ON!!!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  17. I can indeed empathise re nail/tack removal, by far the worst part of the job! The stripes and nailhead look amazing. You have done so well. Good for you!

  18. congratulations! it looks fabulous!

  19. That is a sexy chair! I love the striped with the nailhead. We have a pair of vintage chairs with some pretty terrible brown vinyl on them. I don't know if I could brave a reupholstery project myself, and it's $750 not including fabric to get them reupholstered by a professional... :/

  20. It may have taken a while but the end result is fab.

  21. It looks amazing! Way to go... all of your patience totally paid off! Love the black & white stripes.

  22. It looks great!! I love the fabric!

  23. I stumbled upon your amazing blog this morning! Love the DIY features you have on here! Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading your upcoming new posts.

  24. Perfect! I love that you left the wood brown too =) I hope you will share this at my VIP party today =)

  25. Your chair is beautiful! I have tackled one re-upholstery project a while ago and have a few waiting, but I just can't bring myself to getting started on it. Thanks for reminding me how much work it is! Maybe I'll sew a slip cover instead. Good on you for having the patients and persistence to get it done.
    Take care!

  26. Your chair is beautiful! I have tackled one re-upholstery project a while ago and have a few waiting, but I just can't bring myself to getting started on it. Thanks for reminding me how much work it is! Maybe I'll sew a slip cover instead. Good on you for having the patients and persistence to get it done.
    Take care!

  27. Visiting from FJI! I'm such a sucker for bold stripes, so your chair caught my eye right off!! What an amazing job you did on it!! And the nailheads are the perfect touch. I've done nailheads on a headboard, and I'm currently doing an upholstered wall with nailhead trim (the individual nails, not the strips), so I completely understand your urge to throw a chair at anyone requesting a tutorial on that!!! Ha! It's time consuming, but it sure pays off.

    I've started a weekly link party on Sundays over at Addicted 2 Decorating. I hope you'll come link up your project!!

  28. Beautiful Job! tutorial? well ok, I will not ask....

  29. Love it! What a beautiful job! I'm posting a similar chair this week...but I didn't have the guts to do the upholstery part myself. You're braver and more talented, by far!

  30. looks wonderful Barbara! The nails dress it up so nicely. Just wondering if I could have a copy of that tutorial? Just kidding....


    The Simply Inspired Home

  31. Amazing!! I think I have told you this before, but I have a chair almost exactly like this that is screaming to be reupholstered, but I have been too chicken to actually do it! After seeing your before and after, I have to give it a try sometime soon!

  32. I'm sooo happy you purchased this chair because the end result is just as fabulous as we imagined it'd be!! You've done a wonderful job! Love the pillow sitting on it too ;-)
    Question: Did you throw away the old dusty fabric that was under the ugly vinyl? Stretched and framed, might look pretty cool...

  33. Thanks for linking up to my party!

    Sometimes the projects that really challenge us, become our favourites.

  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this chair. It looks high end! Thanks for the inspiration!


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