Monday, November 7, 2016

My $9.99 Louis Chairs - Upholstery Tutorial Update

I am so pleased with how the chairs turned out.  Now they are by no means professional, but for my first time doing this kind of upholstery, I am thrilled.  (I still have to add the welt trim around the edges, but I just had to play.)

You guys were amazing with all of your input and I was surprised that you were just about tied on whether to use the scroll or the cowhide fabric for the backs of the chairs.

  In the end I went with the cowhide and a little whimsy.  Now I may be tired of it in the future, but since I learned how to upholster them, I can change the backs when I want to.

  Remember, this is what they looked like when I bought them.  Really ugly upholstery and kind of an orange/blonde wood frame color.

I started by removing the double welting cord that was around the edge of the chair seat, then I pulled the gazillion staples that held the fabric on.  I discovered that the fabric was glued to a piece of batting that was also glued to a piece of foam.  This came off all in one piece.

I took the cording off the back of the chair and then removed all the staples on the fabric and found the same thing.  The fabric glued to batting and foam and it also came off in one piece.  (You can see the cording laying on the floor)  That left me with the back fabric, I removed all the staples in that piece of fabric too.

Now I had the fabric off the seats and back of the chairs, so time to redo the frame.

I removed the bottom piece of foam and left the rest of the seat in tact since nothing was touching the outside frame anymore.  Then outside for a good sanding.

You can see all the steps I did in refinishing the frames in this post.

OK now here is where I am a bad blogger.  I didn't take any pictures step by step on the seat part, but it is pretty self explanatory.  I just put all the foam and batting back on the same way it came off and then covered it with my fabric and stapled it down.

Here is the back.

Not perfect but I tried to keep my staples in a neat straight line.

The sides.  I trimmed all the fabric close to the frame.  This will all be covered with the double welting cording.

Miss Mustardseed has some of the most detailed YouTube videos of how to do this kind of chair.  I watched several she had on how to remove all the fabric and then how to put the new back on.  I used my old fabric that I took off the seat as a pattern.  I did learn to cut about an inch larger around the fabric so you had something to hold onto to pull tightly as you stapled the new fabric back on.

Now to do the backs of the chairs.  You can see that there is an indented edge on the frames.  The fabrics all go inside that rim.

I used the old fabric as a pattern to cut my new fabric.

 I made sure to cut mine about an inch bigger all the way around so I had something to hold on to as I stretched the fabric tight.

I double checked to make sure the fabric was nice and tight and straight on the back.

 Then I trimmed all the excess off keeping the fabric inside the frame rim.

This is the foam and batting that I took off the chair when I took it apart.

 Next I placed the foam that I took off back into the back frame and tacked it in a couple of places to hold it.

Then the batting went back on.  I used some spray adhesive to hold it to the foam.

Now my top upholstery fabric goes on and it also needs to be trimmed so everything is inside the rim.

Here is the front all done.  Now I just need to make the double welting and glue it around all the edges to hide all the staples.

UPDATE - - - We have way too much going on right now for me to try and figure out double welting, so I looked at another one of Miss Mustardseed's videos and she showed how to add Gimp.  So that is exactly what I did.

So, what do you think?

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  1. Hi Marty! Oh, the chairs are so lovely! They look wonderful! Hope you're doing well and I'm wishing you good luck as you house search. I remember how anxious I got looking on line before we moved up here. Unfortunately, the homes up here are pretty old. Couldn't afford the big new ones. But I'm very thankful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Oh I love it! So pretty and you did such a great job!

  3. Stunning! The idea of spray adhering the batting to the foam seems brilliant also.

  4. Loving it Marty! I've never tried to reupholster a chair so I admire anyone who does this kind of project!

  5. Bravo Marty. These are amazing. Ok you give me hope that I might be able to do this. You did a super great job on these chairs. Glad you chose the cowhide. Beautiful.
    Happy Sunday.

  6. The chairs look absolutely fantastic! Great job and tutorial Marty.

  7. Hi Marty! You are one talented lady - your chairs turned out amazingly! I adore the wonderful hide and it is absolutely perfect in your room. Sunday blessings to you! Jane

  8. WOW!!!!!!!

    What a great look - oh, Marty, you've outdone yourself. I cannot even believe they're the same chairs. My goodness, you did a remarkable job.

    GL with making the welting - that's gotta be difficult for sure.


  9. Wow! They look wonderful! So you! ;)

  10. Great job Marty, they look amazing! xox
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  11. OH MARTY!!! Goodness gracious, these are fabulous! you did an amazing job, can't wait to see them with the welting. They look like you spent hundreds of dollars apiece. Totally LOVE the cowhide fabric, what a cool touch!

  12. Way to go, Marty! You are so skilled at transforming furniture.

  13. Great job! They will be stunning when the welting is in place!

  14. Looks great, Marty. Really nice. I know you had a pair of nice fabric scissors to cut so nicely.
    I know you are pleased.

  15. They look fantastic and I would love to you did the welting

  16. Marty! They look fabulous!! I knew you would do something wonderful with them! They complement the rest of your dining furniture perfectly. I can't ever imagine tiring of such timeless patterns, I think they can go with anything for many years to come.

  17. Marty, what a fantastic them!

  18. Love the fabric you chose Marty! It looks lovely in your dining room.

  19. The chairs look great! What a great transformation.

  20. Marty!! These are amazing!! I love love love the cowhide for the backs. I am loving these!

  21. These are amazing and I love the fabric


  22. Thank you so much for your step by step. I need to do the same thing on my dining room chairs but was nervous about doing it myself. After seeing yours, I can't wait to re-stain the wood and then change out the fabric on my chairs! I just hope mine turn out as lovely as yours.

  23. Marty, you did an amazing job on these chairs, and I love the fabric. They look professionally done.

  24. Thanks Marty!
    I always a big fan of your work. that's why you have a big impact on my home.

  25. Beautiful! Love the cowhide. It is so unexpected.

  26. I am so jealous Marty. The chairs turned out great and I love the step by step. I won't be afraid to try this out out. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. I hope to see you tomorrow for a brand-new party. Have a great weekend.

  27. Such a great transformation. I love the cow print! Great tutorial, as well. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

  28. Marty your chairs came out beautiful. Love the cow print. I will be featuring this at my Fall into Fall party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.