Re-upholster me, please. I’m begging you.

A great before and after blog by MB Interiors

Read original article here and here.


This is a nice chair (or will be, hopefully) that I found at the Eastern Market flea market in DC for $60! It has sat in its present state for an embarrassingly long time, AND survived a move to Santa Barbara. My friend took me to Diamond Foam and Fabric in LA, and I found a super cool large stripe pattern that I thought would fit the mid-century vibe, yet wouldn’t make me feel like I was visiting the Brady Bunch set.

I measured the chair, and After I wrote down the measurements, I re-read them and wondered, “Why do I have so many ‘seat back’ dimensions?!” It’s difficult to label things in a way that quickly makes sense, so I made a sketch and put the measurements there. I could have done this with a photo, but I learned to draw in grad school, and it was expensive, so I need to prove it was a good investment.

Next up, I will find out how many yards of fabric and the price per yd. I’m hoping the fabric is wide enough to cover the whole front of the chair, horizontally. And I want the arm fabric to line up with the seat fabric stripe. I’m kind of a novice on fabrics, I’ve only had things shipped to upholsterers for clients and they’ve done it all without us discussing technical details, so I’m eager to learn more about it.

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I’m done, and I’m beautiful.


The chair is done! I absolutely love the way it turned out. The stripes are modern and crisp, and really appropriate for so many interiors. We put it in our bedroom, obviously. I used the owl pillow because I liked how the colors looked. I’ve received some feedback on it…either you love it or you hate it. But that’s the beauty of a funky accessory, you can move it somewhere else if you get tired of it. Or your husband can’t stand it staring at him.


from John H.

"Yes I have been faced with trying to find that perfect piece of foam, and I am happy to say that Diamond foam and fabric has everything and anything for your foam and fabric needs. PLUS, and here is the important part, a sales staff who are helpful and knowledgable. Knowledgable about foam! Who woulda thunk."

--John H.