Before & After: MCM Chair Gets an Upholstery Redo

published Apr 11, 2014
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(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

This old vinyl MCM style chair was asking to be rescued. Vinyl cushions paired with good bones and clean lines — need I say more? For 20 bucks it was mine, and I set off on my first attempt to reupholster a worthy chair.

(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

For my first re-upholstery job, I’m happy with the results. The structure of the chair was very sturdy, and the condition of padding was fair. I carefully un-stitched the vinyl and saved it to use as a pattern. The frame had to be sanded and re-stained. I then sewed new cushion covers from a textured, tweed-like fabric, and even sewed new piping (wow, was that hard). Any tips on how to avoid the wavy piping?