I finally tackled a project that I have been putting off for a few months. I have been so busy painting lately but I really have to focus on my empty living room that needs serious attention!
I picked up these chairs a while back. They were very sturdy, cool shape to them and I thought they would be a good first time re upholstery project. I have recovered dining chairs and benches before, but nothing other than that.
For some reason I only took a before picture of one of the chairs, they are identical, but on brown and other cream.
After removing everything, including 8 million staples, I wanted to reuse what I could and the cushions were in great shape still. I also needed to use the old pieces as templates for cutting out the new fabric.
I didn't really have anything other than a screw driver and pliers to remove staples. After stabbing myself a few times and scratching the chair up a bit, I got them all out!
Seriously, you have to be careful! Work DOWN with the tools and not UP onto the finished wood. Thank goodness I was planning on painting these chairs so I could patch it up.
Removing the layers
Keep the piles together
I was so glad a took a few before pictures because the chair sat for 2 months in this stage! I got sidetracked....By the time I decides to finish the project I completely forgot what they looked like put together and referred to my before pictures to remind me.
I decided on a silvery, metal type of finish for the chairs to go with this pretty fabric I had purchased. I painted the chairs with Rustoleum paint in Aluminum and did a combo of a few acrylics for the glaze. I used equal amounts of each glaze, plus a LITTLE water and rubbed on with old t-shirt. Afterwards I sprayed on 2 coats of satin poly.
Then I started putting the chair back together.
Starting with the back "BACK" of the chair, I used the old material as a template, cut it out and stapled into place. I kept and reused the bit of batting from the first time around and laid it on the inside of the back like they did before. If I was really cool, I would have taken a picture of it, but I'm not that cool:(
Next came the back of the chair, the part you lean against. Here I wanted to put buttons the back of the chair again, to make it look a bit more elegant.
This fabric was SO thick. After my 3rd trip to JoAnn Fabrics that day, I finally found the only buttons that would work. They are a little bigger than I originally wanted but the only ones that would allow me to tuck all that thick fabric into back.
Call me smart or lazy...I decided to make it one big fat comfy cushion. And I did not feel that the seat needed buttons, so this seat became real easy real fast!
After putting the 2 layers together I added a layer of batting and stapled the fabric in place.
Last came the double welt cording. I can not explain how much I disliked this part. It was my first time doing a db cord and after watching a few tutorials and purchasing a zipper foot, and a third attempt, it finally worked out ok. At least now I know how to do it!
I glued on the cording with fabric glue. I also sprayed the fabric with scotch guard, hoping to help keep little dirty fingers from ruining my hard work:))
Here is the finished project!! I am so happy with them!
Peter likes them too:)