The post title says it all-I reupholstered a wing back chair- by just winging it! Never have I ever reupholstered anything more difficult than a dining chair cushion. But I didn't want to spend money on hiring an upholsterer to recover 2 chairs. Plus, I have tons of DIY spirit I need to constantly channel into something.
This is what I started with...2 of these lovely chairs. The bones were in great shape-they just needed some new fabric and a little TLC.
I started out watching a couple of YouTube videos which were mildly helpful, and then I just went for it. I mean, I couldn't mess up that old green fabric. If it failed, it still would have looked better than it started out looking!
First, I removed all the fabric piece by piece, very carefully, so I could use it as a pattern of sorts for my new fabric. This was the most grueling part. I stabbed myself with my screwdriver and cut my hands on the staples a million times. Wearing gloves would have been smart. ;)
Just look at all those evil staples!!
I took pictures of how the fabric was stapled on in case I needed a reminder later on. It helps to also jot down what order you remove each piece. Then when you reupholster, just start with the last piece you took off. I basically learned as I went along.
I have to mention, I have a pneumatic staple gun and an air compressor. I don't think I could have tackled this project without one.
I decided to paint the legs. I used regular latex paint and finished them with a dark brown paste wax. I like them so much better!
(We are working on installing new base boards in here. Please ignore them in their unpainted, unfinished state.)
I also want some pretty pale yellow pillows to go in each chair but, I haven't found one I am in love with yet. Any suggestions?? :)
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