A Farmhouse Reupholstered Chair


Hello hello!

About 2 months ago I started scheming up some design changes for our living room, which included some new furniture. I was ready to say goodbye to the leather recliner! Ha! But I had the idea of getting an antique chair to put in its place & having it upholstered if necessary. Of course I knew exactly what I was looking for it was just a matter of finding it, always the tricky part. This can sometime be a waiting game & it’s hard to be patient when you’re ready for that right perfect piece!

I wanted a chair that was a bit oversized & comfy, preferably with an ottoman. I also knew I wanted it to have some wood details.

The Search

When I’m searching for a specific piece of furniture I check local shops frequently or put the word out what I’m looking for. I also have several shops that are outside my local area whom I’m follow on Facebook. I usually message them too. But personally I have the most luck on Craigslist or the Market feature on Facebook & I try to check them almost daily.

I ended up finding this chair on Craigslist & it was about an hour away. But that’s not the whole story lol! It ended up being the worst Craigslist ordeal I’ve ever encountered! I arranged to pick the chair up on a Saturday morning & when I got to the residence where I was told to go no one was there. I drove around for a bit & went back but no one ever showed up or answered my messages so I went home empty-handed. I was SO bummed! The chair was perfect! It was exactly what I had envisioned in the space! Then out of no where 2 weeks later the seller contacted me again & explained the unforeseen circumstances that had occurred. Any way they agreed to meet me halfway this time, & even though Ed said I shouldn’t (because he didn’t know how long & hard I had looked for this chair!) I went & met them. All was good I got the chair for $40!

Here’s what it looked like before being reupholstered. We set it there just long enough to snap a few pics because it was quite smelly haha! But it had excellent bones!

Reupholstering a Chair

This was the first time I had anything reupholstered so I did some research on costs because you have to know if it’s custom it’s gonna cost ya! Also the chair is big on it’s own but the ottoman is a good size too. I took the chair to a local upholstery shop & they were able to look at it & give me an estimate. They told me it would cost between $300-$400. I saved some money by ordering the material myself from Fabric.com.

These are the 3 sample pieces of fabric I ordered. You probably aren’t the least bit surprised I went with a ticking fabric are ya? I ended up choosing the one on the left, pictured below. I liked that it had the extra detail in the ticking stripe & thought it would really add to the texture of the chair.

It’s from Magnolia Home Fashions line & is called Berlin Ticking Stripe in Black. So for fabric & all it cost right at $400

A Brand New Chair

The chair turned out so much better that I could have even imagined! Seriously I’m a bit obsessed! The only thing that I was disappointed with was how long the chair took to get back. It took 6 weeks & like I mentioned I’m not the most patient person, especially when we had already gotten rid of the recliner & had a big hole in our living room lol! Oh well! It was worth the wait!

Living Room Revamp

The reupholstered farmhouse chair ended up being totally worth the headache the search, cost, and wait! It adds such a soft interest & texture to that corner. I love that it feels old but still new & fresh & lends so well to the french cottage farmhouse style. Plus that wood detail! It’s definitely my new favorite reading spot!

You got a sneak peek of our new sofa too! I’ll be doing a post & review about it soon! But I finally feel like our living room is coming along & I’m so glad I get to share it with you!

Thanks you so much for taking the time to read this! It means the world to me! XX