Every office has to have a chair,
I've always loved banker's chairs.
when I saw this beauty at Salvation Army about a year ago,
I knew I had to have it.
It was structurally good,
just the vinyl on the seat and arms was cracked and peeling.
After a little negotiating I walked out with this baby for only $5!!!
(Can I get an Amen sister?)
I have used it in this cracked condition for the last year.
But I did have a vision for it.
Finally, the time has come to make that vision a reality.
To make this happen I needed to dive into the world of reupholstering.
I have never really upholstered anything except the seat of a kitchen chair.
But how hard can it be?
(I know famous last words.)
I've wanted to reupholster something for a long time and have read tons of library books on the subject.
I decided now was my time to try it out on my $5 chair!!
I know your dying to see if I succeeded or totally ruined my chair,
but don't cheat and scroll down just keep reading.
The suspense is much more fun!
I decided to just take it apart one piece at a time.
I studied the chair and took lots of pictures all along the way for reference when putting it back together.
(You can't take too many pictures of the deconstruction part!)
First, I detached the legs.
Then I began the tedious staple pulling!!
There are about one million staples on every layer!!!
I pulled them out one by one with a screw driver.
(I have since learned there are tools for this that are much faster at pulling staples.)
I was very careful because I wanted to reuse as many support and non-decorative parts as I could.
Below you can see all the layers of fabric, piping, nail heads and foam I had to remove.
The bottom middle one was the worse,
that's all the food and hair that was stuck down the back of the seat!!
I did not remove the foam padding on the arms and seat as it was still in good shape.
I kept all the pieces and labeled them as I took them off the chair.
Did I mention there were a lot of staples?
Like a billion!!!
See me slaving away at removing them?
Yeah, check out my trash can full of them!
(Yes. I'm shamelessly looking for a little bit of sympathy here!)
Alright, enough crying!
Once I had everything stripped off the chair, it was time to paint.
I lightly sanded all the wood parts and painted them;
two coats of primer and two coats white.
I used spray paint.
Now for the fun/nerve racking part,
putting it back together.
First, let me tell you the funny story of how I chose the fabric.
Towards the beginning of the office project I knew I wanted to bring some yellow into the room,
since the main part of my house has yellow walls and the office is open to it.
So one day I bought the cutest yellow table cloth at Target thinking it would make great curtains!!
As the room began to progress and I got the curtain rod back up I pinned the table cloth up on the rod and I loved it. I returned to the store to purchase a second table cloth for the other side of the window, and was only too happy to find they were now on clearance.
I took it home and it sat on the desk for a few weeks as I finished other parts of the room.
When I got ready to work on the curtains I took the second table cloth still in it's package to the fabric store to find some ribbon to match it.
Then, and only then, I looked closely at the package to see the exact size to figure my ribbon yardage. But all I could find was the diameter of my supposed square table cloth.
Yeah, you guessed it I had purchased a round clearance cloth,
and because it was clearance I could not find any more square ones.
I returned the round one and used the square one for my chair.
It all works out in the end.
I used all the old pieces as patterns.
I laid the pieces down on the material and cut each piece about 3 to 4 inches bigger.
First I covered the bottom and the arms of my chair with a thin layer of batting. Mostly because my foam was badly discolored and I didn't want it to show through.
I used my air gun with staples in it to attach everything. Once it was stapled I cut off the excess batting. I did these same steps on every piece of material.
I was very careful to always get everything laying very flat with no wrinkles before stapling.
Also I stretched everything good and tight by stapling on one side and then the opposite side.
I put the pieces back on in the opposite order I took it off.
(Your photos will help jog your memory if you can't remember the order.)
Basically I went in this order:
piping on the arms,
front of the back,
base of the seat,
piping on the back,
the back of the chair
and the piping on the bottom of the seat.
The seat back was done different than I thought it would be, but turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The tufted back was a piece of foam with pre-cut holes and brads pushed through the foam and a cardboard backing.
(See top two pictures below.)
After I took all the pieces apart I was left with a bunch of the red vinyl brads.
I tried spray painting some scrap vinyl but it wouldn't dry. It stayed slightly sticky. I then tried white shoe polish. It took quite a few layers to block out the red, but after they dried I could polish them and they were perfect.
I reused the foam, cardboard and brads.
One at a time I pushed the brad through the fabric, foam,and cardboard. Then I just opened the ends of the brad and flattened it against the cardboard. It took a little time and finessing to get the folds to look right, but in the end I was please with it.
After all the pieces were intact, I nailed on new silver nail head trim.
I love nail head trim!
I used individual nails that I got at Lowe's.
I'll show ya latter how I spaced them.
Using a rubber mallet works better than a hammer.
I'm in love with those little silver dots!
Oh, I think I already mentioned that!
At this point I sprayed it with Scotch-guard to keep it from getting stained and too dirty.
What did it cost me?
Here's the breakdown:
Tablecloth fabric $15
Nail Head Trim $9
Spray paint $6
Total Cost $35
Here is the before and after of my Re-upholstery 101 class project.
what do you think!
Les was very surprised by my out come.
He told me he thought I was crazy and would end up crying about my disaster on his shoulder.
In the end he wouldn't quit singing my praises and wanted to go buy a chair for me to redo for him!!
I'm dying to hear what you all think?
Good, Bad, or Ugly!!
This project was definitely and adventure, but one I am excited to do again!!
I already have two more project chairs for my room and one for Emilee's room!
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