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How to Upholster a Chair Seat and Our Master Bedroom Nook – Sneak Peek!

how to upholster a chair at tatertots and jello

We moved to Utah from the Bay Area, where we had a 1970’s-era house that we completely remodeled. We were so excited to move to a home with more room for our 3 growing kids. And our master bedroom in our new home was a nice big space. I always meant to work on my bedroom but somehow I never got around to it.

master bedroom before 1

Fast forward 11 years. We are still in this home that we really love and our kids are now teenagers. Well, 3 of them are and we were blessed with one more child (Ella) since we moved here. I love my kids and I love having their friends over all the time.

master bedroom nook sneak peek

But I thought – wouldn’t it be great to create a space in our room for a peaceful retreat for my husband and I??


So when I started getting serious about our master bedroom makeover – I knew I wanted this space to have different functions. One – the bedroom area. Two – the relaxation area. And three – the nook. We have a big bay window in our bedroom – which is awesome. Up until now it has housed two chairs and an end table that was never used. I thought — the light is beautiful in this space with all of the windows. Doesn’t it make sense to use this space every day??

master bedroom nook and chair reupholstered

So I brainstormed practical ways that we would use this space. And since my husband works at home when he isn’t traveling, and as a blogger I am on the computer all of the time, I wanted to create a space for a little mini-office where we can check our email, work and be creative — all in our own retreat! And I am so THRILLED with the way it’s turning out.

master bedroom nook desk at tatertots and jello

My kids’ school is right behind our home and I love to sit in this space where I can look at the mountains AND the school and see my kids playing at recess. I will share more about this space in the room reveal. But the table I turned into a desk is big enough for the two of us. And we love working up there together! The main element of the space is a chair that I reupholstered with the new HGTV line of fabrics – available exclusively at JoAnn Craft Stores. The chair ties the whole space together, including the table (bought from Downeast Home) and the rug (which I chose, courtesy of Downeast Home).

And the whole room will be revealed in the 30-Day Room Makeover JoAnn and HGTV Home Room Challenge (#HGTVHomeMagic) at their Pinterest Party on August 22nd.

modern chair redo

Here’s how I changed up a discount or thrift-store chair:

I wanted a really modern/unique chair for the Master Bedroom Office Nook. I looked at my local thrift stores and finally ended up ordering a chair off of a discount chain online. I loved the modern wood back of the chair. I love the idea of bringing in some gold accents into the room, so I thought it would be fun to spraypaint the chair gold! And I upholstered it with the HGTV Garden Odyssey Fog Fabric. (I also used HGTV Home™ fabric for the pillow and in the frame you can see on the desk.)

how to upholster a chair cushion

  1. Take the seat off the existing chair. 
  2. If you are going to spray paint the chair frame, do so now. (I spray painted my chair with Krylon Colormaster Gold Spray Paint). Be sure to sand down the wood and use 2 coats of primer first)
  3. Once the chair frame is painted, let it dry 24 hours (minimum) to let the paint set up.
  4. Now we’re going to upholster the seat while the paint dries on the frame.
  5. Cut out a piece of material at least 5 inches wider in width and height than the chair seat.
  6. Lay the chair seat on top of the material, with the wrong-side of the material facing up and the chair seat facing down.
  7. Use your handy-dandy upholstery staple gun to attach the new material to the seat.
  8. Start one side at a time and wrap the material around the seat. Fold the edges down at the ends and staple the material in place.
  9. Start in the middle of each side of the material and work your way to the edges.
  10. When you get to the edges, fold the material over the edges like you would a package and staple in place.
  11. When you get to the final edge of the seat, pull the fabric as tight as you can and staple in place.
  12. After you have stapled the fabric onto the seat, use a hammer to pound the staples more securely into the seat.
  13. Then replace the seat onto your chair.

gold upholstered chair at tatertots and jello

This is an easy, no-sew way to change up a room! I love my new comfy chair!!  And I am so excited about the 30-Day Room Makeover JoAnn and HGTV Home Room Challenge!! I am working on so many more FUN elements in the room. Like a Restoration chandelier knock-off, a beautiful custom duvet, a reading area, a custom-made bench and two focal walls. It is turning out to be the space of our dreams! A perfect retreat for us from the world. I hope you will come by for the reveal and Pinterest party on August 22nd. Plus, we are going to have a Google Hangout where Beckie, Kari, JamieLyn and I share tips and tricks from our rooms. It’s going to be so much fun!!!

Bedroom Workspace Nook at Tatertots and Jello



Be sure to check out more about the #HGTVHomeMagic challenge at the Jo-Ann HGTV Home Website. Thank you so much JoAnn Stores for inviting me to be part of this challenge. I can’t wait to show you the whole room!!!



Fabric – HGTV Home™ fabric and trim from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (provided for this project)

Table and Rug – Downeast Home (rug provided for this project; I bought the table)

Gold Spikey Ball – ZGallerie, Lamp – TJMaxx, Canisters –World Market , Gold Frame and Little Notebooks- Target

Happy Friday!! 


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This post and the challenge are sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, who provided the fabric … but the opinions and projects are all mine! Rug courtesy Downeast Home. Regardless of sponsorship or product provided, I only post about products or companies I love. For more information, see my disclosures.


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  2. Hi Jen! Do you love that table?? I’m about to have it shipped up to Seattle for our dining room table. Fell on love with it when I stopped into downeast last weekend but there was no room in the van!

    • I love it!! You will too :)


      • Katy June says:

        I was wondering if you could tell me how much that table cost and where you bought the chair from and for how much. I literally want my art studio to look like this nook you have! so stunning and fun and inspirational!


  3. This looks AMAZING!!! I am loving the Gold accents and HCTV Fabrics. I can’t wait to see and hear all the Yummy goodness you Kari, JamieLyn and Beckie have to share with us.
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  4. I love the fabric you chose for the chair! Your nook is a lovely little space.
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  5. Erin Joseph says:

    Where did you purchase the chair? I love the design!

  6. Love it. Love the colors. Love the patterns. Love your reupholstered chair. Just love love love! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. so beautiful! i {heart} the chair fabric! you do good work girl ♥

  8. I will try this! The hard part will be getting the seat off. Thanks

    • Yay Evette! You will love it. Usually the seat is attached with screws. All you need is a sxrewdriver to get them off. I am excited for you!


  9. I love your chair redo Jenn! It looks amazing… and that orange rug next to you fabulous desk with the gorgeous turquoise legs… it is all so pretty!!
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  10. It is looking great. I like the new color palette too. You do a great job!!

  11. It always seems like the master bedroom is the last to get loved! Excited to see the entire reveal!
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  12. What is the bedroom paint color?

  13. Great makeover . Love the paint on the chair. What’s stealing my heart is the rug. Where did u get that from?

  14. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I love the chair! What a great make-over!!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  15. I love it! I re did a bench and put a seat on it years ago but have never been brave enough to try something this big. I think you just inspired me to give it a try!
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  16. Love the chair fabric.Is it teal? Also is it red or orange.Sometimes its hard to tell. Love the room so far.Thanks

  17. Great fabric choices!!! Love the colors- so happy.
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  18. I love the fabric you chose for your chair! It is the prettiest fabric I’ve seen for awhile!
    Also, thanks for choosing my dining room makeover for the Better Half/Habitat for Humanity Before and After contest! It meant a lot and I can’t wait to use the gift card! Thanks!

  19. Jen,
    I very fun nook. Love the mix of patterns and colors. Happy Friday

  20. It’s looking so fun already, Jen! I can’t wait to see the whole room – maybe it’ll inspire me to finally finish mine!


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