before & after: chairloom chair

molly at chairloom is no newbie when it comes to reupholstering, but i still love to see her projects- and the incredible fabrics she uses. this chair upgrade comes courtesy of a gorgeous modern floral fabric from roberta roller rabbit (i love that name). it looks so clean and fresh. click here to check out (and buy) molly’s “afters” for sale at chairloom. thanks, molly!


  1. Hannah says:

    I think this is one of my favourite before-and-afters ever. Not only is that a fabulous print, it suits the chair perfectly. Well done!

  2. Wow, it looks absolutely stunning! I’m wanting to reupholster a chaise lounge, any good tips for someone who’s a total newbie??

  3. Bethany Rose Hildenbrandi says:


  4. Lu says:

    Wowza! Amazing transformation.

  5. kb says:

    YUM! I am a modernista and have a “victorianna” type client. This is where we can meet in the middle!

  6. no way! that chair was amazing before. ):

  7. kk says:

    Awesome. My one caveat is that it looks hard to keep clean? But otherwise- phenomenal job!

  8. Kelle says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I wish I had that skill – we have a family heirloom couch from Switzerland that my fiancee wants to get reupholstered…it would be amazing to have a result like this!

  9. Caroline says:

    love love love that after! esp. the fabric.

  10. Laur says:

    I think I need to learn how to reupholster! That chair came out beautifully.

  11. Vanessa says:


    I do love the new chair, because it has the same great lines… But what I would REALLY LOVE… is the old fabric, dirty and all! I hope she saved it for someone who is an ephemera artist (LIKE me hint hint) I am sure there are many who would covet it! …

  12. lisa says:

    Great makeover! Is it just me, or does the before chair look like it was upholstered with a mattress?! :)

  13. Rebecca says:

    Sometimes bold, modern fabrics look out of place on more classic shapes, but this works so well.

  14. Cia says:

    Love it, Love it, Love it!!!! I just can’t get enough of traditional pieces with a modern twist. Great job!

  15. Coco says:

    Vanessa – yikes! The stains on the seat are really disgusting… You can do something with that?

  16. I love love love this makeover.

  17. Cute! This is my favorite b&a of the week.

  18. Bernie says:

    what FUN!

  19. Bernie says:

    what FUN! I think you should make yourself a dress out of the same fabric, and have your portrait taken in that chair.

  20. Cynthia says:

    Wow what a transformation. I am so impressed and love the new mod fabric.

    Great job!!!

  21. I like Bernie’s comment! Any dress makers out there? Thanks everyone!

  22. Marlene says:

    Simply beautiful.

  23. LISA says:

    Molly bought the fabric from Roberta Roller Rabbit where I work and she is a SUPER talented upholsterer. I am going to have her do my old chairs :-)

  24. Another great before & after – love the fabric!

  25. LISA says:

    PS – Roberta Roller Rabbit has lots more fun, fabulous and reasonable fabrics! Call me for my info: 212-772-7200 :-)

  26. erin says:

    I am in love with the print on this chair…absolutely fabulous!

  27. Dawn says:

    Fantastic! C’est manifique : )

  28. Louise says:

    lovely chair with great bones and with the new fabric its diiiiiiiiivine!

  29. CLF says:

    Great job! Especially the matching of the fabric at the lower edge of the chair. I would have liked plain piping on this one.

    Fresh take on a trad chair.

  30. Cole says:

    Oh, this is so beautiful, I love that fabric!

  31. Janet says:

    I want this chair. Now.

  32. LittleMissFlip says:

    the fabric makes this chair so friendly and inviting…how could you not want to it in it!?

  33. LittleMissFlip says:

    sorry…typo-o in my post above, got a little overexcited…i meant, how could you not want to SIT in it!? :)

  34. Mari Anne says:

    Unbelievably stunning! What a good eye you have!

  35. Josefin says:

    Fantastic! I want that easy-chair!


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