So here was our room in progression from when we moved in...
After we painted and DIY Decor
And now...with the completed reupholstery...
So the gray fabric is what we had bought initially in 2009. We recently purchased the darker bluish-gray fabric to accent the cushions and I love it! The all-gray would have washed out the entire piece. This way...all the colors in the room have been utilized and get some spotlight.
I think a lot of people think that reupholstering is a "cheaper" way to go when revamping furniture. And it can be if you select cheaper fabric...or at least on sale. The thing is, you want to purchase a very durable fabric that will withstand what you plan to throw at it. We have a small kid...and a future look at more and possibly a dog. The chairs we had were given to us from a friend (free of charge) and were in great condition (frame-wise) just needed an up-lift. The fabric we got was on sale, but we still spent close to $500 on it. And the labor...was INTENSIVE! These chairs were built well! It took us a few days to remove the old fabric!
The cushion print has a blend of brown, gray and blue and is busy enough to hide small stains (which I'm sure will come!) and is woven tight enough to repel some spills from getting into the foam.
My mom made the pillow covers with zippers, so they can be removed and washed when necessary. This is a huge plus!!
The pleat work is one of my favorite features...it gives a "finished look".
I don't think I even need to comment on how comfy the set it too... yeah...I can definitely get used to curling up on this chair with a good book.