Since I’ve been working on upholstery projects for the last few days, naturally I have upholstery on my mind. If I remember correctly, the very first time I reupholstered a piece of furniture, I was in high school, and my mom and I reupholstered a chair for my bedroom.
Upholstery isn’t something I’ve done a lot of, but it’s not something that intimidates me, either. If I have the time, I’ll tackle anything from a wrap-and-staple dining chair seat, to a fully upholstered sofa with a diamond-tufted back. I enjoy the process, and I like figuring out how to put the pieces together, almost like a jigsaw puzzle.
The first chair I reupholstered with a tufted back was this one for John & Alice’s bedroom that I found at Goodwill…
When I was finished, it looked like this…
For some reason, since I had done tufted headboards before, I didn’t expect the tufting on the chair to be that big of a deal. I figured I’d breeze right through it!
There is a huge difference (at least for me) between tufting on very sturdy MDF, and tufting on thin, bendable chip board. It was a very frustrating experience, but it was a great learning experience! So this past weekend, when I upholstered a similar tufted-back chair, the process was much easier.
Each thing that I upholster is a learning experience, as no two seem to be exactly alike. But even with the ones that I find incredibly frustrating, I’m always glad I stuck with it, because I just love the feeling of finishing a project and seeing something that I created with my own two hands.
So what about you? When it comes to upholstery, are you willing to tackle the project yourself? Does it depend on the complexity of the project? Or are you more than happy to hand off your upholstery projects to a professional?