When Nick and I moved into our house, my gram let us retire the chair and give it a healthy home. My gram & mom recovered it once already -- and did an awesome job, it just didn't really mesh with the colors/decor in my living room. I'd been telling them for ages that I was going to re-cover it -- telling, or threatening?
This was my first reupholstery project. The ottoman was due mainly to the efforts of my mother, so to go solo on this was a little intimidating. Nonetheless -- I did it! It took me about 3 months to find fabric that I really liked. Strangely enough, I found it online. I highly recommend checking out Premier Fabrics. They have great patterns and are more than reasonably priced. Not going to lie, it was a little scary to order fabric online -- but their pictures are true to form.
So without further ado, here's how to reupholster your own!
What you'll need:
-7 yards of medium-heavy weight fabric
-staple gun (electric if this is a solo project)
-hot glue gun, extra glue sticks
-covered button kit
-waxed button thread
-patience, lots and lots of patience
+ Take apart the main pieces of the chair -- the back sits in a track and comes off fairly easily. The seat is a bit trickier. Flip the chair so that you have access to the underside of the seat. Mine was attached by screws in two places on either side of the frame. Tip: Take pictures as you go, that way you can look back to see how things went together. Also, keep all of your hardware organized. Fun fact: I found a half eaten chocolate bar and a plastic fork in the chair -- whatttttttt?
+ Cut enough fabric to recover whichever piece you are working on. I did a piece at a time. The advantage of removing the old fabric is that not only do you achieve a smoother finish, you also have something to trace. Once I had all the pieces cut out I ironed them before stapling them on.