Welcome back, everyone! I’m so excited to see what you have all been working on. This is definitely my favorite Pinterest Challenge project yet. As a reminder for those not familiar with the challenge, it was the brainchild of Katie of Bower Power Blog who came together with Sherry of Young House Love to encourage all of us to make our projects collected on Pinterest into a reality. This time they graciously invited me to join them in cohosting along with Renee of Red Bird Blue. (Cue the “zomg blog famous people know who I am” freakout!)


For those of you who joined in and have a project to share, I’d love for you to link up below. But first, I’ll share my project. It was a tough one to decide on. Ultimately it came down to reupholstering my parsons dining room chairs. At first I wanted to reupholster an old armchair we have, but I figured I might as well start with something a little more basic since it’s my first time reupholstering anything. So my inspiration came from these: yellow chair and gray chairs.


I won’t waste your time rehashing a tutorial – check out from For the Love of Vintage Furniture. I followed this almost exactly. As for what was different, I took my chairs apart: the front legs, the seat and the back were separate pieces. I did this partly because I didn’t take the old fabric off. Shocking, I know, but it seemed thin enough and not worth the hassle spending all that time taking it and a bazillion staples off.

All in all, I’d describe it as an easy and fairly quick project. There was no sewing involved (you could blind stitch the pleats in the front corners and top of the back, but I decided not to). It’s tough to give a per-chair time estimate since I was flying solo this past weekend and dilly-dally DIY’d while watching old movies. The first chair took longer as I was trying to avoid mistakes and the second one was much faster since I was a pro at this point. ;) If I were to guess, a focused newbie could probably get a chair done well within an hour. Just remember to measure twice and cut once!


Ta-da! I’m really excited about the chairs. I ended up finding the fabric for $10/yard at Joanns. I purchased that, the nailhead trim and some cardboard trim to help get cleaner lines on the back. I already had the staple gun and staples. Plus… I also upgraded our curtains and snagged these from the Threshold line from Target everyone is talking about. They’re so much better than the cheapy red sheer ones that were there before.


The chairs will typically be in the kitchen. We just move the chairs into the dining room when we have company and are in need of the extra chairs. And the kitchen table, a beauty from West Elm from a few years back, often serves as the buffet for parties.   pinterest-challenge-reupholstered-parsons-chairs-kitchen


Thank you so much for joining us in this Pinterest Challenge! I can’t wait to get to know you all through your finished projects. Please share them below. Quick hint: when the link program asks for your name, give it the name of your link. It’s the text that will appear before the thumbnail.

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  5. Thanks for hosting the Challenge. I have a Parson chair update on my “to do” list and I love the nail head trim detail. Hadn’t thought of that, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind. Love it!

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  9. Christy @ Creating a Beautiful on May 8, 2013 at 7:20 am said:

    Thanks for hosting the link party…and for making me actually DO something I’ve pinned.
    You’ll have to check out my project because I use your same drapery fabric to complete it!

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  11. Wow, your chair looks so great!! Real stunners. :)

  12. Amber @ Wills Casa on May 8, 2013 at 7:31 am said:

    The chairs look great! Love the fabric you chose! I’ve really been wanting to tackle an upholstery project.

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  14. John Our Home from Scratch on May 8, 2013 at 7:40 am said:

    Sweet fabric. Looks great!

  15. Brittney on May 8, 2013 at 7:43 am said:

    I love the fabric! The chairs turned out perfectly. I might have to try this out on my tired office chair.

  16. Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART on May 8, 2013 at 7:49 am said:

    This looks so good. I have been fondling that fabric for a chair I have plans for. Looks really good!!

  17. Your chair came out wonderfully! It looks gorgeous! And the price was right too! I can’t wait to get my hands on some parsons chairs now!

    Thanks for helping host the Pinterest Challenge! :)

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  19. julie on May 8, 2013 at 8:02 am said:

    I have been wanted to do a project like this but I’ve been apprehensive. This post was just the motivation that I needed to take the plunge! They look beautiful and the fabric choice was perfect!

    Also like the new curtains!


  20. Your chairs are amazing!! Love the fabric!!

  21. Megan on May 8, 2013 at 8:35 am said:

    The chairs are amazing. Awesome job, Em!

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  23. Jennifer on May 8, 2013 at 9:28 am said:

    Thanks for hosting, Emily! Glad to have found your blog : ]

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  27. Erin @ His & Hers on May 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm said:

    I am currently sitting in a parsons chair in desperate need of new fabric. You had me at “I didn’t sew anything.” Off to check out that tutorial! Thanks for hosting–love the fabric with the nailhead! :)

  28. Ooooh! I haven’t see that fabric at JoAnn’s. Do you remember the line or the name?

  29. These look amazing Emily!!

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  33. Amanda Sevall on May 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm said:

    Love that fabric!! Looks awesome!! :)

  34. Jen @ Ava Pot Pie on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm said:

    I love that you can completely change the chairs/room with just new fabric. It seems like such a daunting task so I’m glad it’s more achievable than I first imagined :o)

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