I thought reupholstering this chair would be difficult.
I thought I could never, ever do it.
I was wrong.
Shocking, I know.
Because of the ridiculous number of photos that go along with this tutorial, I’m just going to give you a summary of how I reupholstered the chair here. But you can see the full tutorial, along with the ridiculous number of photos, on my blog here.
Disclaimer: Don't ask me about upholstering other types of chairs—I've only conquered this one.
This chair is one of a set that belonged to my grandparents. My dad is holding the other one hostage and refuses to negotiate—something about how he needs it to watch TV in. He can't sit in the floor? But now, he is impressed with my stellar upholstery skills and wants me to redo his. Hmmm ... maybe I will "lose" it. (Is it possible to "lose" a chair?)
Back to this chair. In its before state, it had all this cream-colored fabric on it because once upon a time, I thought I would just re-cover it with that without taking off the old fabric, but I wasn't really in love with that fabric, so it sat like that for at least a year.
Yes, a year.
First, I got out a flathead screwdriver and pliers and began pulling out all the staples along the underside and frame of the chair.
I made sure to keep my old fabric pieces in tact so that I could use them as a guide for cutting out the new fabric.
Before I started reupholstering the chair, it needed a new paint job. I primed it first with white primer spray paint and finished it off with metallic gold spray paint.
Yes, more gold.
After it was all dry, I brought it inside to get down to business. I laid out the old bottom piece of upholstery on top of my new Jonathan Adler-ish fabric and cut it out.
After getting it cut out, I put it onto the seat cushion and adjusted it into place, then began stapling the fabric along the base of the chair and/or underside, stretching it as I went to get a tight fit.
For the seatback of the chair, I just cut fabric in the shape of the old upholstery that was there and stapled it to the frame as it had been before. I skipped the tufting on this one, but you can buy tufting kits if you wanted to keep it. I hear tufting is relatively easy.
On the very back of the chair, I did not remove the old fabric. I was worried that if I removed that fabric I would possibly lose the whole back of the chair and have a hole there, and then I wouldn't know what to do. So to avoid a meltdown and eminent tears if I did screw up the back, I just cut out a piece of fabric to fit there and hot glued it on.
After everything was stapled down, I took the coordinating trim I purchased and hot glued it on top of any staples that showed.
See, not too difficult at all.
And after you have reupholstered your own chair, you can step back and call yourself a rock star.
Or call me a rock star, if you like.
The full tutorial and lots more photos on how to reupholster a chair (like this one) are at my blog.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at email@example.com; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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