‘Build Your Throne’ Chair Up-cycling Workshop

Build Your Throne Upholstery Workshop


participants at work

Applying fabric collage to chair frames – photo by Chieko Horn Photography

‘Build Your Throne’ workshop participants learned some new skills in up-cycling and upholstery as they transformed a few old cast-away chairs into beautiful & functional ‘thrones’. Completed thrones were on sale at tart through December 2012 to benefit HEAP Bozeman’s up-cycling & educational programs.

participants at work

Finishing up – stapling the ‘dust cloth’ to the bottom of a chair seat – photo by Chieko Horn Photography

fabric-wrapping a chair

Up-cycling workshop participants at work wrapping fabric on a shabby-chic chair – photo by Chieko Horn Photography

colorful fabrics

Colorful upholstery remnant fabrics used in the workshop – photo by Chieko Horn Photography

participants at work

Placing the first staple – centering the fabric on an upholstered seat – photo by Chieko Horn Photography


participants at work

Measuring the Scottie dog seat fabric – photo by Chieko Horn Photography

Taking a queue from the cooking shows where the chefs are given a few odd ingredients with the task of creating something both beautiful and delicious, a design vision was chosen for each chair’s new look. Here are some of the results:

A dramatic transformation from dull & broken to colorful Shabby Chic!

Broken cane rocking chair seat replaced with burlap organic coffee bag upholstery

A trio of harp back dining chairs (1 of 3 pictured) look svelte in new black paint & silver upholstery

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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