Upholstering Another Antique Chair! :)

I love re-upholstering antique chairs. As much as I love keeping the original essence of each piece, often it is in need of repair or updating.

I bought this antique needlepoint cushion chair for $9.99 at Value Village. The seat was falling out in the bottom a little bit.


You can see the indent in the middle of the chair. I started pealing back the layers. And there was so much dust. Robert said “I hope I don’t get the plague. There must be some disease hidden in the layers of dust.”


The main problem is that the woven straps had frayed and broken at the edges. I had wanted to keep the straps to use again. I went back and forth between wanting to be authentic and using modern materials to highlight the original beauty. So I opted to use new straps and staples as opposed the the original nails.

I was happier with this than I would have been washing the old straps for hours. And hopefully not getting the plague.


I then put 1.5(?) inch foam on top but I noticed that the straps sagged a little so I added 3 layers of batting just in the middle. Then I put batting over top all of that.

I was searching for the best fabric to showcase the wood. I contemplated a pattern or red but I thought it would look best with cream (of course). I also wanted it to be a little velvety/suede like.

Surprisingly I found the exact one I wanted very quickly.


I serger-ed the edges and stapled it on. I also found the trim I wanted fairly quickly as well. Again, I contemplated a contrasting shade but I didn’t like the 3 colors of the wood, trim, and fabric together.

Here is the finished product.

I think it looks a lot cleaner next to my vanity and other white chair.


I also kept the original purchase tag on the chair.



“New” Nightstand and Where I Put The Old One

I got this table and I thought it would be a side table in the living room.

Instead we thought it would match better as a bedside table for Robert.


It was nice but there was no drawer or anything like that so it wasn’t the best option. But it was better than what we had. Not because the nightstand was bad but because it wasn’t antique.


And we all know how much I like antiques. So this one is currently up for sale on OfferUp.

While I was looking around Goodwill I saw this. It matches all the rest of my furniture with dovetail corners and the same handle for the drawer.


I did leave it for a minute but who am I kidding, I loved it and had to have it. It was only $15.

So I got it and put it in my car, proud of my new antique find.

I did want it to go in front of the sliding door in the living room but then I thought Robert would like this one as his nightstand better.

I think it looks great in the room and it really looks a lot better than the other one. We have moved the old one to the living room and it looks much better. ūüôā

Buying MORE Furniture


I bought more furniture.

2 side tables, 4 chairs, and a headboard and footboard to be exact.

How does it all fit in the house you ask? Well, I sell some and move others.

But! In my defense, we did need the 4 dining chairs even though those were not what I was initially buying furniture for.

The company Antique or Unique is a online company who purchases antique and vintage wood furniture from individual parties and sells it online. This way he keeps his overhead low.

Which is exactly why I follow him on Facebook. So, on Saturday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I found this:


It was $50 and I had to have it. I asked Robert and he said yes so we drove 45 minutes one way.

It was the 1940’s mahogany with the same drawer pull as my coffee table and everything else in my house.

See, it matches.

I had decided it would replace the leather insert side table in the living room.


While I was looking at the drop-leaf table I saw this one right near it for $45.

14900511_1313417458700182_7393737900334074766_nAnd it matched even better. So I decided to get both and Robert would have the drop-leaf table as his new nightstand.


I told Robert on the drive there I could only get 2 things which is one more than we originally were going to the warehouse for. Unless we find dining chairs, then I could get 4 of those also.

So as we were checking out. I saw the chairs in the back and asked how much each one was. I was thinking also $30 or $40. BUT! He said all of his chairs were $15 each. I excused myself and went over to them.

We got 4.

They don’t have any cushion or upholstery (post coming later) so we are going to get fabric soon.


The small pumpkin is for the cat.

I ended up with exactly what Robert and I agreed on me being allowed to get. Though really, I would have gotten more if I saw more things I liked.

While we were there I saw a twin mahogany headboard and footboard for $125. Which I wanted to replace the brass one I had previously. (Free with the bed.)



Not very pretty since everything else I have is mahogany. But I had actually seen the exact same one (actually there were 2) at a thrift store where I live for $50. So the next day I went over and promptly bought it.


I think it looks beautiful. Full twin bed post coming later.

I love everything. All of it for $250 including the upholstery fabric and supplies. ūüôā


Jessica Rabbit Halloween Costume

I started with this red dress for $5.


Then I purchased the sequin fabric and thread on sale for about $25.

So total cost of the dress was $30 minus lots of labor.

I had to drape the fabric on the dress and sew it to the dress so I had to hand stitch it all rather than the much faster way of using a sewing machine.

I draped it with muslin type fabric and cut it on the dress form then used it as my pattern.


Then I started hand sewing.

I also dyed my hair. Which was actually really scary since the color was so bright.


Here is the finished product!

Handmade and hand stitched. And permanently dyed hair.

And of course I had to have Roger Rabbit accompany me.


Roger’s outfit was also hand made. Overalls were dyed red, bow tie and ears were made and gloves, shoes and shirt were bought. And I also did his face make up complete with whiskers, a red nose, and a kiss from Jessica.

Living Room Tetris – Part 3

This is what the living room looked like.


I ¬†lowered the price on the couches to $225 and then again to $175. I just wanted them gone. I didn’t mind if I¬†net $0. I bought the Couches for $60, and the coffee table for $8. I really just wanted to sell it for $75.

So many people on Offer Up and Craigslist kept “offering” $150 and I said yes to everyone. Come, come get them! But there was no response.

I had people coming at 9pm and never showed then I had some people coming at 11am and they never came. I just want to tell people. Come take it. Enjoy it.

If they offer $150 I get nearly 3x what I bought it for and I don’t want to be greedy. I finally got someone to call me (Yah a real person!)

They came at 5pm but were about 45 minutes late. I was worried they wouldn’t come.

But he showed up and got it all in his van, gave me $150 and I am thrilled.

We put the living room together and it looks wonderful!


Bought the old couch set and coffee table for $68, sold for $150, and bought the new couch and chairs for $140. Net = $58 spent.

So far so good. The picture shows the side table and coffee table but that is a story for another post.

I also love pillows so I took the pillows from my bed and put them on the couch.


Super pretty.

Read Living Room Tetris Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Living Room Tetris – Part 2

Could I stop at 3 couches and a chaise in the living room and a huge chair in the bedroom? Nope.

The next day we go to Goodwill to search for a stool (Stool reupholstery blog post here). And I found a few things. A stool, batting to reupholster the stool, a wedding dress.

AND, we found another chair…..

Really pretty right?!

But I left it there since I had JUST bought it. Robert and I went to a friend’s house but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

It was $50 Bit it was also 50% off. So $25+tax. It was really comfy. And I liked the low arms. I also liked the tufted back rest.

But I already had one and I didn’t want to be difficult since Robert was so good about the whole couch Tetris situation. But I wanted it. But we wouldn’t be able to get back before tomorrow. I didn’t want it sold. I had to have it.

I called the store. I asked if I could buy it over the phone and hold it until tomorrow morning. They said no. And I asked if they would hold it for an hour. Again they said no.

So I did what anyone would do; I called my mom. And asked her to go get it. (And I didn’t have a car big enough to transport it¬†anyway.) Luckily she was free and went and¬†got it for me for my birthday and dropped it off in my living room in the only empty space that was left.

To sum up, I currently have:

  • The day old chair for $40
  • The day old couch for $100
  • The old couch set – Couch, love seat, chaise, coffee table
  • The dining table and 2 chairs
  • The media center and TV
  • And the new chair for $25 (free because it was a gift.)
  • (And the other new chair in the bedroom.)
The chair is currently behind the chaise next to the new couch. Right in the way of the walk way (bottom right of the picture out of frame.)

My entire old living room set is up for $250 on Craigslist and OfferUp. 2 people said they would come and never did. Also, multiple people would also offer 1/2 of what I posted it for. I responded instantly¬†“Yes I will take $150, when can you come?” but no answer so I assume they were bots of some sort.

Read Living Room Tetris РPart 1 Here and Part 3.

Reupholstering a $4 Footstool

I love sitting with my feet up so I wanted an ottoman or footstool for my new chair. And then my second new chair (post coming soon). I couldn’t find any I liked and I thought I would have to search for a while to find what I wanted.

Turns out I found the footstool along with a second new chair and wedding dress the next day (no, I am not engaged. It fit like a glove and was $15 so I got it. Retail $700.).

The legs are cabriole which I like but the top was ugly green-ish and stained and lumpy. BUT it was only $4. And the batting I also found there was $1.

Ugly right?

I recently cut up my comforter and I had fabric left over so I used that.

See how I cut up my comforter here.

I did the same thing with the ottoman as I did with my vanity chair and reupholstered it.

Turns out there was another layer which happened to be the  exact same as one my mom used to own.


And here is the finished product!

A vast improvement.

I put it with my second new chair.

Super happy to put my feet up.