Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Have a seat...

I found this Louis-style chair at The Rink a couple months ago. I bought it knowing it could be amazing after a little bit of work was put into it.

This project took me a lot longer than expected. The actual work was pretty uncomplicated, but since I had never worked with a chair like this, I psyched myself out every time I looked at it!

I removed the old ugly fabric within the first few days of bringing it home. That didn't take too long - just a lot of muscle. I made sure when I was removing the old fabric, that I was careful to keep all the pieces in tact and that I remembered how it was attached in the first place. This is probably the most important step in reupholstering furniture. The old fabric serves as a template for the new fabric.

I was super lucky that the batting was in great shape and that I didn't have to replace it. This was my first time working with a chair of this type - The only tutorial I could find online was this one at PoeticHome and just looking at the photos for replacing the stuffing made me want to vomit!

I had considered painting the wood a bright fun color like Jenny did over at Little Green Notebook, but I decided to go with my gut and stain it instead.

After having sat in my office for forever, naked (the chair, not me), I moved the it to the garage, where it sat. And sat. And who knows how much more time passed before I stopped procrastinating and actually started working on it again. My biggest issue was not so much procrastination, but the fact that I REALLY like the chair and I didn't want to screw it up!

Stripping the old paint took a few days... those little grooves are no fun to get paint out of!

I stained the wood and finished with a coat of polyurethane.

I finally found a print that I liked, so I cut pieces of fabric using the old fabric as templates, adding a couple inches around the edges so the print with line up the way I liked. Stapling the new fabric on was one of the easiest steps of the entire project. There was a little edge of wood where the wood trim met the batting - this is where the staples went. The staples were then hidden by hot glueing the piping around the edge.

I love how the chair turned out!

What do you think?

Have you had any projects that are WAY easier than you thought they would be?


Beth said...

Looks great! Yea no I don't do things myself.

Levi Patrick said...

Wow. That is really impressive. I don't know much about fabric, but your fabric is awesome. Nicely done.

Chelsea said...

That turned out really well! Recently, my mom gave me a little side table that she's had ever since I can remember. I was going to strip all the layers (and layers) of paint and stain it, but once I got into the process of stripping it, I started really liking the look of the chipped pieces showing through each other. Halfway through the project, I just stopped, and left it how it was. It's on of my favorites now!

Jason and Phyllis said...

WOW!!! I'm impressed sister!!! I might have to put you to work! Love the fabric!

{Amanda} said...

This is fantastic! {Saw your post on The Little Green Notebook} How did you make the piping?!

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Abby said...

Amanda -

I bought the piping material from a local fabric store. I cut the patterned material into strips, folded the strips in half and sewed them. Then I turned the material inside out into a tube and fed the piping through.

When I put the piping on the chair again (since I reupholstered it again) I might take photos and put it into a blog post....