So here is the before and after (because I know that's what you really want to see).
Let me just tell you that this thing took some work. You know when you read other tutorials about reupholstering furniture and they tell you that they had to remove 6,532 staples? They don't lie. I thought they were lying, but it turns out they tell the truth. I literally got 3 blisters from pulling staples. This is not for the faint of heart.
Anyways, on to the chair. I am going to show you exactly what I did to reupholster this chair. (Aka, this tutorial is going to be long and have lots of pictures. You've been warned.)
The first thing to remember is to take a picture of every step. This helps you put it back together.
I decided to tackle the back of the chair first. Take off any piping around the fabric.
Then start taking off the layers. Try to keep the fabric as intact as possible to use as a template for your new fabric. I had 4 layers. Fabric, foam, mesh, fabric.
I laid out all the layers so I could remember what went first.
Then start pulling those staples. And pulling them. And acquiring blisters. And pulling more staples. My
|See what I mean about the bajillion staples? All those little white/silver things in that groove are staples.|
After that is done, repeat the same process on the seat of the chair. Start with the piping.
Then the fabric. Then the batting. Then the foam. I left the black mesh and the webbing because they were in good condition.
Now the destructive part is over. On to the paint process! I made sure to sand the chair really well because the finish was already flaking off. Then I wiped it down with a damp rag and let it dry.
After that, prime the wood that will be showing. I did 2 coats of Rustoleum spray primer which only took 1 can. (P.S. Do you like my box props?)
Then start painting. I used Krylon spray paint in gloss white so it would match the rest of my master bedroom. I used almost 2 cans for 3 coats. I probably didn't need to do that much, but wanted to be safe.
Painting finished! Now to put the chair back together...
Start by gathering your supplies. Fabric, foam, batting, cording, scissors, marker, etc. I bought 3 yards of fabric and didn't use nearly that much. If I had to guess, I'd say I used about 1.5 yards. Maybe less.
Lay your fabric out face down and use your old fabric (also face down) as a template for how big it needs to be. I cut mine pretty close to the same size, which was easier than trimming it after it was stapled on.
The next step is to make the cording. I don't own a sewing machine and didn't feel like going to my mom's house to do it, so I made it using a hot glue gun. I measured the cording against the old piping, then cut it a little longer (so I could trim it and make the ends look nice). The fabric strips were about 3" wide. Hot glue the cord to the middle of the fabric. Then fold the fabric around the cord, hot gluing as you go. Trim the excess fabric. Then trim the ends so the new piping is the right length.
Next came the foam. I used leftover foam from my dining chairs, which is actually an egg crate for a twin bed. Lay them out and cut them to size.
I worked on the chair seat first. Fit the foam onto the seat, trimming excess as needed.
Next comes the batting. Fit that over the foam and trim it so it's an inch or so over the edge.
Staple the batting and foam onto the chair.
Then staple on the fabric. I had to have my handy husband help me with this because the staples had to go in that little groove and I couldn't get them in.
Trim the excess fabric off. It doesn't have to look perfect because the piping is going to cover the rough edges.
Use your hot glue gun to glue the piping on. Mine went in that little groove and covered all the staples, so it gives it a finished look.
Step back and admire how good it's looking!
Put the chair back back together using the same process. Add your piping around the edges, and voila. All done!
I love, love, love the way this chair turned out! It's obviously not perfect, since it's my first reupholstery job, but it looks at least 10000x better than it did! What do you think?
And a sneak peek of the chair (and lamp with the ruffled shade) in my room!
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