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Reupholster a Chair

Reupholster a Chair

My friends on Facebook are so nice.  

I posted the before picture of one of the chairs and

they made comments about why someone would do this:

Reupholster a Chair

The previous owners used a plastic tablecloth for  the seat cushion.

Most commented that they must have children or that they are messy eaters.

Reupholster a Chair

As I worked on the chairs, I remembered my negative thoughts when I first saw them.

Reupholster a Chair

The chairs are in awesome shape and if someone needed a change and all they could

afford were those plastic tablecloths…

or they did have messy eaters…

who was I to laugh about the way someone refreshed their chair.

Reupholster a Chair

I’m not the chair upholsterer judge.

Reupholster a Chair

Some people laugh at the stuff that I do.

Reupholster a Chair

I admire the fact that someone needed a change and used what they had.

After-all, most of the time that’s what I do.

Reupholster a Chair

I just needed to change my perspective.

Reupholster a Chair

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Country Grey.

I’m staying very busy, refreshing my finds.

I post a lot of before pictures on Facebook and Instagram (refreshrestyle).

Join me at either or both.



  1. Springs. Use a whole lot of paint- Nothing spells spring than redesigning your
    home with the newest cans of colors. A table is adequate in many
    spaces, especially if you want to keep the room open
    and bright.

  2. Ah! I have that same fabric that’s waiting for me to get in gear for the industrial ottoman I’m building! It’s nice to see what it will look like on a piece of furniture instead of folded up on the counter. 🙂

  3. They look amazing! Great job, Debbie!

  4. Love them Debbie, great job! Jo xx

  5. Beautiful! Double love for your post title and your tagline 😉 Have a great day tomorrow!

  6. These are wonderful! So glad you looked past the “creative” seat covers!

  7. I think you did an awesome job! I have a chair similar, except the sides have caining too. I am thinking of painting her a white or a pale blue. I would love to share when I am done.

    Thanks for sharing, Nicole

  8. Wow those are SO cute. I love the fabric! I love old chairs like these. I want these in my house now haha 🙂

    I would love if you would stop by and check out my blog & like my facebook page! Im hosting a give away once I hit 200 fans 🙂

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    blog: http://www.jordynluise.blogspot.com
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    Love your Blog! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with in the future!!

  9. Lovely re-do!! So classy now!
    Question about the paint. Did you mix the gray and white or did you only use the white on the caning and the gray on the wood? I’m thinking of purchasing the Country Gray for my ‘new’ sideboard.

  10. Ooo la la – your chairs are c’est magnifique! So much better Debbie, au revoir!

  11. Here’s to living in a house with non-messy eaters so I could move your beauties right in!

  12. I’m certainly not laughing Debbie, those are some seriously awesome transformed chairs.


  13. Dear Debbie,
    I have a carved stone in my garden. It reads: As the garden grows, so does the gardener. I love that you take old, worn, tired pieces and find the beauty that was always there. Your creations are a reflection of your beauty.
    Your Friend,

  14. Be. Refreshed. LOL! LOVE it, Debbie! It’s perfect! 😉 And love the chairs! They turned out awesome!!!! I love the fabric that you chose! Beautiful! (Did I use enough exclamation points? Coffee must be kicking in. HA HA HA!)

  15. I think you did a wonderful job “refreshing” the chair, and I’m sure the chair appreciates the gorgeous Parisian fabric more than the plastic. Who knows why the previous owner did what they did, but at least they didn’t dump the chairs!

  16. I’m sure they were so pretty in there other life but now they are “knock outs”. Love the fabric you used on them!

  17. Now those are dead gorgeous!!!
    I am feeling a bit sad now.. I too had thoughts about the before pictures. You are so right Debbie.
    The after is Amaazing!!!
    Cheers, Gee

  18. Love your sentiments! No one walks the same walk. Beautiful fabric and finish on the chairs. Simple and elegant!

  19. I need these, Debbie! I need them for my breakfast nook, because my chairs are not comfy at all, and these are perfect. Love the fabric!

  20. The phrase “Bless their hearts” comes to mind. 🙂 They were just doing the best they could. But I know those chairs are super happy with their new outfits and makeup. Kudos!
    xo Heidi

  21. I love this post! I agree with this and love your perspective. I think about this all the time. To the person before….it probably was beautiful. I love their “new” life now! Great job! Love, Me

  22. Love ’em Debbie! That fabric is great!

  23. Debbie, these are beautiful. I love the colors and fabric. You did such a wonderful job.
    Shabby French Country Cottage Basement

  24. These turned out beautifully! Simply gorgeous!

  25. These chairs look fantastic! Maybe the previous owners had the chairs on a porch and it was before we had outdoor fabric…

  26. You are so right! At least they tried right?

    What you did turned out great. So beautiful 🙂 The color, the fabric. So pretty!!

  27. Those are beautiful! Love the fabric you chose.

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