Not sure why I do this...buy old chairs I don't even need and reupholser them. I obviously have an addiction to either cool old chairs, pretty fabrics I don't know what else to do with or simply torturing myself with 6 week projects. I sure it's all the above.
Here is a set I picked up. Pretty slipper chairs. I have tackled similar projects before, but nothing this involved, where I needed this metal strip tack thing and this cardboard edging thingy (thank you sweet man at the upholstering store for donating to me:). This really is not a tutorial at all, I have tried to block out the entire incident and do not remember much of the process, but there are a lot of talented woman on DIY blogs with some great step by step tutorials.
Here they are before...isn't that awesome that I took a picture of the backs but not the fronts? Seriously Julie?!
I started by removing the fabric so I could paint. I made sure to keep all the pieces so I could use them as my template for the new fabric.
My original plan was to do a Restoration type whitewash and grey stain technique on the frames. After I added the stripper to the chairs and started scraping, I quickly realized the front legs were not wood...but plastic:( I was not only bummed because I could not do my original finish, but the stripped ate away at the plastic so much that I had to so some serious sculpting with my wood putty to make it look good again. Plan B...I painted it white.
Here are just a few pics of the "during" process. Notice the condition of my living room in the background pictures...it looked like this for weeks!
LONG story short...here is the end result:) Not perfect by any means but I learned a LOT.
Here is another Cute one. I like these type of reupholstering jobs. Fun way to add pops of color, although I am sure some throw pillows would be a lot easier:)
Here is a sneak peek at a current project I am doing. I am helping my mom and my darling 93 year old grandma, who lives with her. do a VERY budget friendly DIY kitchen update. Here are a few "before" and "during" pictures.
Here we are prepping and sanding down the frames. The cabinet drawers and doors are at my house, took them home to spray.
Here I am, spraying the frames. I sprayed the doors and drawers at my house.