I love interior design. I spend hours marking pages in home decorating magazines, and I log more hours per week on Pinterest than I do on Facebook. You’d think with that level of passion that I would live in a house worthy of being featured on a lifestyle blog. Sadly, I am the sort of person who turns DIY into DI-oh my.
I’m addicted to thrift stores. Every time I see a blog post that features a “simple” tutorial to refinish an old dresser or turn a picture frame into an inspiration board, I’m able to convince myself that the most recent battered piece of furniture to catch my eye is a worthwhile investment. That’s how I ended up buying one of the ugliest chairs I’ve ever seen.
The price was right and I had so many hopes for that chair. I planned to paint the frame and reupholster the cushion. Countless tutorials promised it would be easy to do. I couldn’t wait to get started.
I bought some adorable fabric and got to work. The results weren’t too bad. The fabric was taut and well secured. I was ready to shout my achievement from the rooftops. MY DIY actually worked!
Unfortunately, I realized immediately that I had the fabric print upside down. Defeated, I reassembled the chair without painting it. It sits in my studio, a testament to unreasonable expectations. Learn from my mistakes and succeed at your first attempt to reupholster.
The most obvious way to avoid this problem is to buy fabric with a pattern that works both directions. This is what I plan to do on my next attempt since I seem to have a variation of dyslexia that prevents me from visualizing right side up.
Another easy way to prevent this from happening is to keep the seat next to you while you are cutting the fabric. It will help you picture the alignment.
And, of course, if the chair you choose already has patterned fabric you would just make sure your print runs in the same direction since you’ll be using the old fabric as your cutting template in most cases.
I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your adventures in reupholstery. I have no doubt that someday soon your chair will be pinned on my Pinterest. With any luck maybe I’ll have a pin-worthy project of my own to share.