I am finally getting around to my bedroom chairs.
I showed you these chairs here.
Do you remember them?
They have beautiful lines and wood trim. I really like the shell back.
But they were a little worn.
Let me show you a close up of the nasty, dirty fabric.
I look for soundly built pieces, and these chairs were no exception. The padding was still good and it wasn't rickety at all.
These are my second attempt at major reupholstering.
The shell backs on these chairs really had me the most concerned.
I wasn't really sure how that was going to be done.
This brings me to
Tip #1: Study your furniture piece.
This may sound weird, but it helps. Look at it closely and try to determined how it was put together and in what order you should dismantle it in.
(You could just rip it out willy nilly, but I use the pieces as patterns and use the dismantle process as a teaching tool of how to put it back together.)
I swear I took these chairs apart 100 times in my head!!
Tip #2: Take it apart carefully starting with the top layer.
By top layer I mean the layer that nothing else is covering. Usually that is on the bottom. For my chairs I had to unscrew the wooden decorative pieces first. Then the black mesh material I call a dust protector. After each layer you can determine which layer comes next.
After my last chair I was prepared to take out the millions on staples. But I soon found that because this was an old chair they used small nails or tacks.
Not sure which I hate more staples or tacks?
I think it's tacks.
Tip #3: Take lots of pictures!
I can not say this enough!
You think you will remember how everything goes back together,
but you won't!!
I like to take pictures of the little details of how each piece was attached. You will have a million pictures, but you will thank me later!!
Tip #4: Take notes along the way.
I found places that were going to be sewn by hand, and little tricks along the way. Just jot down things that you want to remember or things that seemed out of the ordinary.
Here is my naked chair already to recover.
It took me 3 hours and 45 minutes to totally strip one chair!
But patience is a virtue!
And it makes the reconstruction much easier!!
What do you think? Will I be able to get this thing back together?
Be back soon to tell you how to estimate how much yardage you will need!
Thanks for stopping by!