Remember the chairs that I got on Craig's List? You can read about it here. Last Friday I started working on, what I thought would be the easiest one to do first. Boy, was I ever wrong! The first hour I spent pulling out tacks, literally hundreds of tacks. I also removed the webbing and springs.
Then I sanded and primed. That was enough for one day.
I ended up removing the wood shown above as it wasn't original to the chair and I'm not sure why it was added. My plan is to cut a piece of plywood to fit the bottom which will set on the seat frame, which I will apply foram and cover it with some pretty fabric. Easier said than done. I'm so naive.
I didn't get back to it until Sunday. I painted the chair vintage gray by Valspar, which by the way was a free sample that I received in the mail. Back in March Valspar was giving away 1500 samples per day for the entire month. I was lucky enough to get in on it.
Today I worked on the re-upholstery part, which I have no experience with. Thank god for YouTube. I watched a lot of videos. I did recover my craft room chair, but I wouldn't consider that re-upholstering. That was just a matter of tucking. Read about that here.
I started with the back. I glued some 1" foam onto a piece of plywood cut to size and then covered it with fabric.
I just used white glue for this part.
I laid it foam side down on the wrong side of the fabric.
Making sure to pull the fabric tight I stapled each side in the middle and then went back and added more staples to secure the fabric. Notice how I left the corners.
I pulled the corners and made little gathers. Sorry, it doesn't show up very well. I used about three staples to hold in place.
Using the board that the hubs cut for the seat, I traced it out on the 2" foam and proceeded to dull a couple of knives cutting it out.
Using white glue once again I glued the foam to the seat.
I started to recover the seat and decided to call it a day. I'll finish that tomorrow. Oh, I also hand painted the fancy scroll work on the back of chair with black acrylic paint and a very tiny brush. After that I sanded it down because I want it to look worn.
Anyway, that's what it looks like now. Seriously, I thought 2 days tops! I honestly think the other chair will be the easier one to do.................maybe. Stay tuned for part II.
Oh, I almost forgot. I have some exciting news that I'll be sharing with you sometime next week. Here's a hint, it involves me, Price Chopper and a giveaway. My first giveaway. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!