Welcome to SIMPLE REDESIGN! My name is Julie Peterson. I specialize in custom furniture painting and redesign by taking older, out dated pieces that are solid and ready to hang around another 60 years, just need to be updated to fit your modern day design.
MY LAST REUPHOLSTERING JOB EVER (maybe)!! AND A SNEAK PEEK TO A KITCHEN RENO
Not sure why I do this...buy old chairs I don't even need and reupholser them. I obviously have an addiction to either cool old chairs, pretty fabrics I don't know what else to do with or simply torturing myself with 6 week projects. I sure it's all the above.
Here is a set I picked up. Pretty slipper chairs. I have tackled similar projects before, but nothing this involved, where I needed this metal strip tack thing and this cardboard edging thingy (thank you sweet man at the upholstering store for donating to me:). This really is not a tutorial at all, I have tried to block out the entire incident and do not remember much of the process, but there are a lot of talented woman on DIY blogs with some great step by step tutorials.
Here they are before...isn't that awesome that I took a picture of the backs but not the fronts? Seriously Julie?!
I started by removing the fabric so I could paint. I made sure to keep all the pieces so I could use them as my template for the new fabric.
My original plan was to do a Restoration type whitewash and grey stain technique on the frames. After I added the stripper to the chairs and started scraping, I quickly realized the front legs were not wood...but plastic:( I was not only bummed because I could not do my original finish, but the stripped ate away at the plastic so much that I had to so some serious sculpting with my wood putty to make it look good again. Plan B...I painted it white.
Here are just a few pics of the "during" process. Notice the condition of my living room in the background pictures...it looked like this for weeks!
LONG story short...here is the end result:) Not perfect by any means but I learned a LOT.
Here is another Cute one. I like these type of reupholstering jobs. Fun way to add pops of color, although I am sure some throw pillows would be a lot easier:)
Here is a sneak peek at a current project I am doing. I am helping my mom and my darling 93 year old grandma, who lives with her. do a VERY budget friendly DIY kitchen update. Here are a few "before" and "during" pictures.
Here we are prepping and sanding down the frames. The cabinet drawers and doors are at my house, took them home to spray.
Such a mess! (my mom:)
Here I am, spraying the frames. I sprayed the doors and drawers at my house.