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Congratulations, Sarah! You are the winner of a brand-spankin’ new Spruce book!! I’ll be emailing you shortly.

And for all of you lovely people that left a comment, but didn’t win, perhaps this book can go on your Christmas list. After all, it’s just around the corner!

Now, a couple notes about the chair I chose to reupholster. It’s one of those pieces that’s been with me for what feels like forever. We had it in our home growing up and then later it traveled with me to college and finally Texas. Despite it’s tattered trim and outdated fabric (see a before image HERE), I actually never thought to recover it. At least not until Spruce came along and gave me a super handy guide to work by.

Now, I’m not going to lie. This was the first time I attempted a DIY upholstery project and it was a challenge. Hence, the delayed post. So, I’ll share a few words of wisdom for those considering an upholstery project. Give yourself PLENTY of time. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. (Mine certainly isn’t, and it turned out alright.) And persevere. With enough gumption and elbow grease, you can get through a lot! I also highly recommend snagging Amanda’s new book. You’re welcome to email me with questions that come up and the Spruce team has offered the same.

Best of luck, everyone!


P.S. The fabric I chose is Fuzz in Black by Bonnee Sharp of Studio Bon Textiles. Bonnee was the first designer I worked with when David and I first moved to Texas. As you can see, her designs are lovely! And, of course, Bonnee is just as wonderful herself.



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  • Reply Lauren November 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Where are the before pics? I would live to see!! I am working on reupholstering an old chair myself (you can see by clicking on the link on my blog)

    • Reply Hilary November 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Lauren, I just added a link to an Instagram of the before to the post.

  • Reply Lauren November 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Wow!!! What an improvement!!!! Love it!!

  • Reply Marion November 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Oh my goodness. Well that chair sure looks different. When I first saw the fabric I wondered if it came from Bonnee. The chair goes very well with everything else in your living room.

  • Reply Karen June November 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Simply … WOW! The transformation is stunning and I love how you have a connection with the piece you upholstered. It is so easy these days to take the route of replacing the old with the new when something goes “out of style”. But, taking the time to update a piece that has had a place in our lives is so meaningful. We are going to tackle a chair makeover at our website in December too! We’d love for you to check us out.
    All the best,
    Karen June

  • Reply Misty November 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    LOVE your fabric choice! It turned out great!

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