DIY Reupholstering Help for Beloved Chair?

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Q: I've had this chair and footrest since I was 16 years old (I'm 33 now) and it belonged to my grandmother before I had it. I used to love the fact that it was such a weird shade of gold faux-velvet, but now it's becoming an eyesore. It's been through quite a few moves with me and I can't bear to get rid of it. It obviously needs to be reupholstered, but is it a project I can do on my own?

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I'd need step-by-step guidance. Or subquestion, if I'm not going to do it myself, I don't make a ton of money and would need to find someone who could do this project on a budget - is there a way to look for design/fabric/art students who might be interested in helping me out? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.