Let me be the first to tell you that stripping a chair is the easy part. Reassembly is where the angst comes in.
I did make some errors. (HA!) Seems my fabric did have a directional pattern that I discovered AFTER I had cut out most of the large pieces. My cushion would not earn an A+ in Home Ec. (Machine operator error.) Also, no one tells you how to use strip tacks. I even went to the library to see if any of their upholstery books could tell me how. Only one book had that information (Simply Upholstery by Sunset Books), and still I had trouble. I got only the last one perfectly set.
However, the fabric pattern is busy and no one in this house can spot what is upside–down. What needs to be straight is straight. I matched the pattern on the front apron. Most importantly, the chair is done, can be sat upon without falling apart, and looks dang good, if I say so myself.
So, what would I suggest if you're thinking about reupholstering a chair?
- Believe in yourself.
- Start simple, which I was advised and promptly ignored. You can ignore this suggestion if you follow #1.
- Get a good guide. Make sure it has the information you need for your piece of furniture.
- Label everything as it comes off the chair. Write how it was attached, the order in which it was attached, and where. (I used chalkboard chalk on the back of the original fabric.)
- Take pictures. You won't need to refer to them all. The act of photographing helps you remember the process.
- Use a video camera/phone and talk yourself through difficult assemblies. Again, I didn't have to watch all my videos, but it helped to know they were available.
- Avoid striped and obvious patterned fabric for your first project. Don't make it any harder than it is.
- Do buy upholstery fabric. I found a steal in an upholstery outlet at $5/yard, but I had to drive 500 miles round trip to get it.
- Use the original fabric as your pattern but cut everything at least an inch larger on each side to give yourself wiggle room for errors.
- Break the process down step by step. I had a list of the order of assembly and worked on each step separately. Each step completed is a mini victory.
- YouTube and search engines sometimes provide the answer when you're stuck. Many online experts generously share their knowledge.
- Don't rush and don't trim the excess fabric before you're sure you can.
- Don't dwell on the errors. No one sees them but you.
- Don't be afraid to make a mistake. I found several errors in my "professionally" upholstered chair. Besides, mistakes are opportunities for learning.
- Use an air compressor with a stapler attachment if at all possible. Your hand will thank you. You will use hundreds of staples.
- Be proud of yourself. You learned a lot and have something beautiful and functional to show for it.
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