So today while Andy was outside in the sweltering heat working on a dresser makeover for the playroom/office (here is a sneak peek)
I started finally feeling the urge to tackle the chairs. We had looked at pictures and I had an idea but before I had to commit to paint and fabric, I had to get them ready. I have to admit that the upholstery concept was intimidating. I was ok with removing cushions from chairs that unscrewed and recovering those and replacing but actually having to reupholster a frame made me break out in a cold sweat.
Well I have read, researched and burned incense to the spirit of furniture restoration and the one message that came across loud and clear is the best way to figure out how to recover a chair is to take the original upholstery off carefully.
So since a picture is worth a thousand words here is what I did (ok mostly so I do not have to type thousands of words) . . .
The net result is a pile of back and front and seat cushion and arm rest inserts . . .
So the next step is to remove staples. If a furniture quality is to be judged by the number of staples used to attach the upholstery then Drexel Heritage wins the prize. There were no gaps between staples and some staples were layered . . .
I HIGHLY recommend the Harbor Freight Heavy Duty Staple Remover http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-duty-professional-staple-remover-66732.html
It is the best #2.99 plus tax you will ever spend - much better than the old screwdriver and plier method - you will still need pliers from time to time but the staples remove much easier after this little tool pries them out.
So we took the chair from this . . .
To a staple free ready to prime piece (we are keeping the cushioning - it was in great condition so we covered it)
We did manage to get the first coat of the paint on and I am in love. Serious furniture makeover bliss. So while I was going to announce what the chair was going to look like and post of a picture of the gorgeous fabric that I happen to have just enough of to cover both chairs I think I am going to wait . . . I think we will have the first one ready to unveil pretty quickly :)