Before & After: Upholstered Chair Gets Pottery Barn-Inspired Makeover

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Brittany & Justin Kingery)

This floral patterned chair may not look classic, but with some Pottery Barn inspiration, Brittany was able to transform it into a stunning staple:

(Image credit: Brittany & Justin Kingery)

From Brittany:

Before reupholstering this armchair, I’d done a few smaller projects (think loose cushions and wood-framed side chairs), but this was my first time taking on a fully-upholstered piece. It was also my first time doing upholstery work for someone else. Yeah, it was potentially kind of a risky move, but I felt pretty confident I could do a good job. What I didn’t know at the time was that the owner didn’t simply want new fabric on the chair; she wanted a complete re-imagining in the style of a Pottery Barn chair she loved. This meant adding button tufting on the seat back and nail head trim on the outer arms and around the bottom. To be honest, diamond tufting and nail head aren’t really my style, but I have to admit that the owner’s vision suited the style of the chair perfectly and really made for a chic and sophisticated makeover. We were both pretty jazzed with the result!

The total cost of the materials was around $65 (5 yards of fabric at $8/yard, 3 cartons of nail head trim, 1 button kit). It took me many more hours than I’d like to admit over the course of about two weeks. But it also inspired me to take on re-upholstering a small couch that ended up taking almost 4 months, so in the scheme of things, I’d call this a quick fix. 🙂

For more photos and details, check out Brittany’s blog, White Dog Vintage.

Thank you Brittany!