I can hardly believe that I have finished reupholstering my very first project. Why I ever decided that a traditional wing back chair would be the place to start is beyond me but I’m done with one.
I’ll admit that it’s been a challenge. Taking it apart took several days and plenty of movie watching to keep the brain occupied. I was so careful to learn how the chair was put together as I went. My hands were so sore taking out staples. Bajillion of them!! Even finding the fabric was difficult. We were going for a charcoal gray and ended up with this mysterious dark taupe color. It was so hard to find good fabric. I ended up special ordering fabric from Joann’s that was half off. I had to wait and wait and wait for it to come in.
Once I finally took possession of the fabric I was worried that I’d forgotten how to put it back together again. Luckily, I took notes and pictures. I reused everything I could; piping, stuffing, and even those scary looking metal pieces. It is easier to put staples in then take them out so that was nice but I went slow and tried to be as accurate as I could be.
I did the best I could.
I think every single fabric piece has its flaw though. I guess that’s the beauty of homemade. I just hope they aren’t to noticeable to most who walk in my front door. Check out my notes at flickr on this pic below if your interested in how bad of a job I did.
Hard, I tell you.
It’s done though and I’ve learned a lot. Now, how on earth do I motivate myself to do the second chair??
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When I was almost done with this first chair I saw this pin about painting upholstery fabric.
She links to a lot of readers that have had success. They say that if you do it right, it doesn’t turn out crunchy or stiff. Hum, I wondering if that would have worked with these pink chairs. The thing was, was it was nice to get rid of that old dirty fabric but really… it would have saved me a ton of time and work. Would you consider painting a chair or rather go to all the work and money to reupholster it?