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Reupholstering a vintage chair doesn’t need to be a one-time thing, says Your Home and Garden style director Catherine Wilkinson

Seven years ago, YH&;G style director Catherine Wilkinson was given a chair by her mother-in-law. Originally purchased on Trade Me, it had a beautiful frame but was covered in tired fabric. Catherine had it reupholstered in a bold, patterned fabric that suited her decor at the time. Fast forward to 2019: Catherine is living in a new home with a different colour paletteoutdoor cushion covers, and the chair is in need of an update.

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We’ve covered DIY upholstery before, but there are a number of reasons – including lack of time, skill or interest – why you may want to enlist a professional. If you choose to go this route, you’ll need to decide on which upholsterer to use, what fabric, and any design details you want to be included (see tips).

Catherine used Huapai Upholsterers in Auckland because she had previously worked with the owner, Shane, who runs his business from home, and knew he would do a great job. For fabric, she went with Warwick Fabrics, a Kiwi company which offers a number of upholstery options. She chose a durable drill with a subtle pattern and soft green colour, to match the sage green of her bedroom wall. Choosing a pattern like this can be a gamble, but “a good upholsterer should make sure everything lines up,” Catherine says.

This time around, Catherine thought carefully about future-proofing her chair. “Choose a fabric that will last a little longer in terms of trends,” she advises. Catherine is thrilled with her new-look chair and says it was a worthwhile investment. “It’s not that expensive to change something quite substantial,” she says.

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Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick, Guy Frederick /

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