It's all about the DeTaiLs ~ Chair!

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It truly is 

All about the details

Especially when you

Are talking about


Here is the chair Before I got my hands on it. It really needed some love, don't you think?

First, I must tell you that I am self taught when it comes to upholstery. I thought I had a picture of this chair in the 'naked' state of wood but can't find it :(
Second, I watched 13 YouTube videos that not only taught me a great deal, but gave me the courage to do this. I found Chris at DIYUPHOLSTERYSUPPLY.COM and a series of videos that went from start to finish on a chair similar to mine. I started with this first video...HERE.
Although I had done a lot of recovering and a couple of full chair recovers, these videos taught me things I never knew.  
And Third, it helps that I am a perfectionist. I stripped the chair down to the bare wood. I then painted it with Annie Sloan's French Linen and distressed it. Then I had to select some fabric. I wanted it neutral so it would be stylish for a long time to come and no mater where in my home I placed it. I chose to use the leftover linen fabric from the vests that I recently made for my son's wedding! I made 8 of these vests!!!

Drum roll please.........................
Here is the After!
Now, let's look at the DETAILS!
Loved the front wood detail of the chair base and
 took a que from my sofa and added nail head to the front.
I put on lots of single and double cording that I made.
Since I adore roses (it is my middle name after all) and love the unexpected in details, I added fabric roses in unexpected places...Like here at the base of the side arm.
On both sides no less! I even added leaves!
And in the lower back corners of the chairback.
It was time to decide on making a pillow specially for this sweet chair. Then I remembered I had this grainsack bolster pillow, that I made previously, that would be a nice contrast for now.
Here she is all comfy and sitting pretty in her new space.
Do you think you could take on a project like this? After completion, I told my hubby to 'shoot me' if I ever want to upholster a naked chair again. After all, I had to build the comfort from scratch with burlap webbing and layers of foam. I rate this project as difficult and not for the faint of heart, but she's done now! 
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  1. What an impressive makeover. I love all of the details. You did a great job.

  2. You did an absolutely beautiful job on it, Terry! I love how you alternated different kinds of upholstery tacks too - that's a little detail that stands out uniquely. Well done!

  3. Oh my goodness, this chair is totally amazing. I love it and the detail is definitely fabulous. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  4. That is gorgeous! Those rosettes are absolutely perfect.

    Would I take on that project? No way...totally intimidated.

  5. Gorgeous! I'm up for anything once, but building a chair from the webbing up IS a bit intimidating!

  6. My grandmother's middle name was Rose as well & she loved roses too. I always think of her when I see a rose now. Your rose details are so unexpected and pretty. I love when there is a little surprise in design!

  7. Terry,
    It, truly is all in the details, dear one!!!
    I L O V E the roses and the nail head trim!!!
    Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us!

  8. Beautifully done! Those roses are so lovely and you are so talented. Eclecticallydesigned.com

  9. I admire you for trying but even more for succeeding! That turned out great! You certainly did a wonderful job on it and should be very proud!

  10. Great job---I LUV it!
    Especially the roses!

  11. MAD SKILLS! I only wish I could upholster half as well. Your chair is beautiful.

    1. BTW, Your chair is being featured today at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday. :)

  12. Best old chair re-do I have ever seen. So subtle and elegant.

  13. Your chair is beautiful! I love some of the extra detail work you did on it.

  14. LOVE it. That chair is gorgeous and I want it. :) You're a talent! ~Danielle

  15. This chair is totally incredible Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Hi Terry! I found you at Cozy Little House and I'm a new follower. Your chair is amazing. I'm in awe of your talent. I have a monthly blog party called Every Room In The House and this month we're partying in The Living Room. I'd love it if you'd come and share your beautiful chair makeover. I know it would inspire everyone who sees it. Here's the link: http://www.ajoyfulcottage.com/2014/02/every-room-in-house-party-2.html
    I hope to see you there! Your new blogger, friend ~ Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage

  17. You did a super job on your chair! I love the rose details too! Reupholstering chairs has become something I really like to do... didn't think I'd say that about a year ago. The next one won't be nearly as hard.

  18. Terry!! Your chair looks amazing and I love how cute it is in your living room. You must be so proud. I wish I had the guts to rip my couch apart and reupholster it. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  19. You did such a wonderful job with this chair...took it from a tired old piece, to something anyone would be proud to own!

  20. No, I'm not one to take on a project like this. I admire that you did, and kudos for a terrific job. Love the little rose details.

  21. Nice chair mom. Should be soft out of that material. Get flower idea from Amy? When you're tired of it, strip the paint, use a black and white Longhorn or red and white Hereford hide to recover and I'll put it in my man cave. ; )

  22. WOW…you are talented…the chair is absolutely gorgeous…I LOVE it!

  23. You did an awesome job. I love it!

  24. Very, very pretty! I especially love the sweet touch of fabric roses making your chair "one-of-a-kind". You did a great job!

  25. Great job! I LOVE the roses!

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. You were featured today!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  27. It looks just perfect--the roses add such a personal touch. Love it!

  28. Terry, your fabulous chair has been featured at Every Room In The House. Thank you for sharing it with us, and do stop by when you have a chance to pick up your Featured button. Thanks again, Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage.

  29. It is sensational. You did a fantastic joj. I have a couple of chairs to reupholster, so you have given me hope. I'm going to start watching those videos you recommended. I saw your link at Make It Pretty Monday link party. Ann Marie @ iris Abbey

  30. Terry, it's stunning! You are one of the fan favorites at The Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  31. Your chair is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful job you did on it. Hugs, Beverly

  32. Terry - I just love all the attention to detail you put into this chair.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  33. I paid to have a chair recovered that didn't turn out as nice as yours!! Well done!

  34. Love LOVE! WOW! You are a perfectionist. This chair is perfect. I love the roses on the sides. What a personal touch that adds to your make over. I'm a new follower.

  35. Just wanted to let you know that you are featured on my Inspire Me linky party. Be sure to come by and grab your featured button. Hugs, Marty

  36. Wow, it looks amazing! You did such a fabulous job, and the placement of the roses is perfect.
    Love it!

  37. Wow! What a before and after! I'm featuring your chair in this week's Power of Paint Party Spotlight. Thanks!

  38. This could not have come at a better time for me. I'm working on a chair right now. I love every single thing you did with this. (Saw you in the feature at Marty's blog.)

  39. Terry that chair turned out FABULOUS!!! Love those sweet rosettes you added!

  40. Beautiful...Exquisite...Stunning...Timely... BEST chair makeover I've ever seen. Love all the details~~~those roses are just perfect, this is so my stye. You did an amazing job, well done! Thank you for doing the foot work and locating the videos and providing a link. I've got several pieces to re-do but just never could muster up the nerve to jump in and do it...Your post has helped tremendously!!!

  41. Have you seen the Haverty's commercial about the girl that meets with the wedding planner to have a chair cake done because that is where her inspiration came from. A great chair. A fabulous chair. You are amazing.

  42. Wow! Great job. It looks like it was hard to do! It really looks fantastic!

  43. This is just gorgeous. I have the same chair- I painted the wood, but slipcovered the fabric (gold velvet). I have been wanting to redo the upholstery now, and I love everything you did here. Pinning this so I can watch the videos you mention. Thanks so much for the inspiration, you did a fantastic job. Saw your feature at Elizabeth and Co. ! :)

  44. Amazing make-over ... love the added details.
    Found you at Revisionary Life
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  45. Love the chair! Found you at Revisionary Life!

    Locksley Lane

  46. This chair is awesome! Love the burlap look and the nail head detail! Thanks so much for linking up to the "Get Your DIY On" Challenge! Be sure to come back on April 6th for our "Think Spring" challenge!

  47. All I can say is I hope you live right around the corner from me, because I want to be your apprentice!

  48. Terry, this is a chair after my own heart! You did an amazing job on it. I love with all the unexpected details and I'm excited to be featuring it at tomorrow's party features round up!! XO


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