Monday, February 16, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Chair Makeover



I think I have a slight obsession with chairs. I have so many random chairs in my house, the way I think about it, you can never have too many places for people to sit, right? Better too many, than not enough!





I was out garage sale-ing one morning and came across this cool chair for $5 and couldn't pass it up. Sure it was ugly, and the supports under the cushion were broken, but I thought it could be fixed up and turned into something really cool.



So I started the long process of taking it apart (my least-favorite part of redoing a chair). There were literally, hundreds of staples and tacts...as expected.


I took it down to the bare bones to repair the broken webbing. I bought new webbing at Joann Fabrics  for about $1.50 per yard. I think I used 5 yards for this chair.


Using my heavy duty staple gun, I wove the webbing and secured it with staples. Simple!


I was so excited to get to work on this chair, that I forgot to take a lot of photos of upholstering the chair, but it's really not to hard. My suggestion would be to be careful when taking the old fabric off. I use the old pieces of fabric as guides to cut my new fabric.

























As you're stapling the fabric in place, be sure to pull it as tightly as possible to get a smooth finished look. I recently started using adhesive spray to hold the fabric to the cushion and it works great and it's pretty cheap! The nail heads that I used to hold on the back pieces of fabric, are actually black carpet tacts. They add a cold rustic look.


Overall, I am pleased with the way this chair turned out. The pattern on the fabric is a bit off on the seat back, but I think each time I re-upholster something, I get better and figure out better ways to do things.


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