It took a lot of strength. My back is actually sore today from all the tugging and pulling it takes to recover a chair. But it is done and was very much worth it. The fabric I bought was from Hancock Fabrics and it really wasn't cheap- even though it was 50% off. I bought two yards and that was just about perfect. I have enough leftover to use to make a small accent pillow for the couch but that's it.
Photo credit- Hancock Fabrics.
The fabric is called Zanzibar Odessa Mist Decorator Fabric and I just loved the softness of both the look and feel of it. It has a lovely design but it isn't overpowering and coordinates well with other things we have.
Total money invested was $10 for the chair and $25 for the fabric. If you're more savvy, you can easily find much cheaper fabric, I just fell in love with this one and couldn't be swayed. Now I'm thinking of asking the lady with the peacock farm from our church to share her feathers with me so I can use them to accent this chair.
I have another home decor project involving fabric planned for today. I'm excited about it. Stay tuned.