Remember when I bought this chair for $5.00 at a garage sale this summer?
I finally gave it a little love this weekend, and it’s close to being done! The reason why I didn’t label this post as a DIY (even though I did it myself) is because I really have no idea how I recovered it. It was a lot of measuring and cutting and pulling and remeasuring and tucking and stapling and stapling some more. It took a lot of patience, and many, many hours.
I learned a heck of a lot, and can tell you that a number of things went wrong. Yes, I know. That’s how you learn – by making mistakes. I made my fair share, so hopefully that means I learned a lot?
Again, there will be no step-by-step tutorial like usual because you really don’t know what you are getting into until you dive in to this project. So below is a picture collage of the madness…
Taking off the old fabric…
After the chair was totally stripped, I sanded the wood down and then I used wiping stain on the wood. The below picture is before…
And here is the after….quite the difference!
Now it’s time to deal with the insides…new polyester stuffing
What did they use in the “olden days” for stuffing? Horse Hair! See below…
And believe me, there wasn’t much to show as far as actually placing the new fabric on the chair. Just a lot of blood, sweat and tears (no joke!) and a few cuss words here and there.
The AFTER pics!
Now, I still have a few things to do…I need to take care of that black dust cover and actually fasten it to the bottom of the chair ( I know, looks pretty crummy in the pic). And, I need to nail in the upholstery grommets I bought – I’m thinking that will give the chair a more finished look. And, like most of my other projects, this item has yet to find a decent home around here. But, once it’s totally complete I’ll snap a few good pics of the chair resting in its new home…and they won’t be taken at night time like these were – please excuse that fact:).
So0000, more pics to come, but I had to show you where we are at on this project – so close to being done I can taste it.