I did it! I feel like I have can do anything now! It’s been a really fun learning experience! Click here to see how I took the chair apart. Then, if you want to see about painting the fabric, you can click here. Here is how I put the chair back together!
I had some leftover pieces from the other chair that were used to secure the fabric in this location.
The only area still exposed is the back. You need to cut a piece of muslin to stretch over the exposed back of the chair. Then cut a piece of batting the size to cover this area and staple it to the back of the chair.
Then, like the lower sides of the chair, drape your back fabric, right side down, and staple the top of this fabric to the back of the chair (use the brown paper tape).
Then pull the fabric down and staple to the bottom of the chair. The last step is to staple a piece of fabric over the exposed bottom of the chair.
I also recovered the chair cushion.
Hopefully I took enough pictures throughout this process so you feel you can do this as well! I attempted to take a lot of pictures throughout each stage, but remember that each piece of furniture will have its own “set of rules”.
The supplies I needed to complete the re-assembly of the chair include:
1. Staple Gun. Look for one for women. I used the “EasyShot” that I purchased from Home Depot. It is very light weight and rather than squeezing the handle to staple, you push down like you would a regular stapler. I felt this would be better so that my hand would not become so fatigued.
2. Upholstery needle. They are very long and you will need one if you are attaching buttons so that you get through all the layers of batting and fabric.
3. Once again, if you are attaching buttons, you will need some very heavy duty thread. I purchased some waxed upholstery thread.
4. Some upholstery paper tape. This is attached to ensure a nice straight fold when stapling an area where your fabric folds on itself.
5. Batting to fill in areas where the old batting has fallen apart
6. Muslin or some other light weight cheap fabric if you need to replace any area where your chair had thin fabric that you could not salvage, like the bottom of your chair.
7. Some good sharp scissors.
I believe that is all the supplies I used.
I learned a lot. I think I just may do this again! Are you up to trying to update an upholstered piece of furniture?