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Upholstery?

Postby Twinkletoes » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:52 am

I snapped up a couple of old chairs recently, and they need some tlc. I'm planning to recover the fabric (the padding is fine) and repaint the wood. They're low fixed nursing chairs.

Has anybody done anything like this before? It's a new one to me, so just on the lookout for tips!

Thanks!

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby dawnsmummy » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:07 pm

I'm actually on the look out for tutorials/tips on painting wooden furniture myself. I've been given a wardrobe/chest of drawers/tall boy shelfy thing and they're lovely but not my total cup of tea, so wanted to paint them cream and drestress them a little bit.
Also keep meaning to getting around to fixing up the kitchen chairs lol.

I've covered hard chairs in the past. if the seat bit pops out they're pretty easy to cover. Fabric and a staple gun (few quid in wilkos) and you're pretty much done :D Painting wise, it would need sanded I would say and then wiped over and primed and then painted and varnished?

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby emmavmorgan » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:15 pm

Twinkletoes wrote:I snapped up a couple of old chairs recently, and they need some tlc. I'm planning to recover the fabric (the padding is fine) and repaint the wood. They're low fixed nursing chairs.

Has anybody done anything like this before? It's a new one to me, so just on the lookout for tips!

Thanks!


Its not difficult to do are you going to make loose covers or reupholster? If you are going to reupholster you will need a good staple gun and a glue gun. Take off old fabric and use as pattern to cut the new pieces. Sand down and paint any woodwork. When your happy with the paint finish staple on new fabric. The only difficult bit is getting the tension right I always put one staple in the centre of each side and then just try and keep the tension even. Trim fabric edges and use glue gun (or contact adhesive) to apply braiding or piping to cover the staples. This is the method I was taught in the scenic workshop and have covered dozens upon dozens of various styles of chairs doing it that have graced many a stage :giggle: There are probably loads of different ways of doing it there are must be loads of tutorials on utube.

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby Twinkletoes » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:18 pm

Thank you!

The painting part doesn't phase me cos I've done lots of furniture finds in this way (Laura Ashley look for much cheapness!) but it'll be my first fabric adventure.

How do I remove the current fabric? It's pinned in by big pin things! They aren't like staples, and I can't get any purchase on them to push or pull. I'm tempted to just do as you describe but straight on top of what's there! But the back is 'buttoned' so am thinking I'll need to take it right down to the frame and redo that.

Will have a hunt on YouTube later. I always forget about YouTube!

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby KimmyM » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:59 pm

I can ask FIL if you need he is an upholsterer. (if that's how you spell it)

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby Twinkletoes » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:58 pm

KimmyM - thatd be so helpful, thank you.

Dawnsmummy - I've done a fair bit of painted furniture, and the sand, prime, paint approach works a treat. I've learned that while it takes longer and is a pain, you HAVE to remove all hardware then put it on again at the end! It's impossible to get a clean edge around it otherwise! I've got three drawers I need to strip and redo for that reason :(

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby KimmyM » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:27 pm

Apparently FIL says you need to dig into the wood if you can't get leverage. And clean the while thing back to basic's if your painting you can cover any sins but until you get all the pins out it will be difficult.
Have to say though he is pretty top end I'm more of a pull it taut and slap it over the top kind of girl.

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby Twinkletoes » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:56 pm

Brilliant, thanks for that! I checked again earlier, it's like a strip of connected pins, so hopefully once I pull a few the others will come too!

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Re: Upholstery?

Postby CrazyDiamond » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:00 pm

Ah ha .. my specialised subject !!! I am an upholsterer ! .. what you're looking at is strip studding by the sound of it so, take a blunt chisel, one that you don't mind damaging (can use flat - not crosshead - screwdrive)r and locate the stud knocked into the timber, lever down and under it, maybe need a knock or two with a mallett or you could use a hammer, side on, to pop up that stud, pull away the strip studding and repeat with each fixed stud.
Then ... remove the fabric ... staples or tacked .. ? !!!!!

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