Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Tale of Two Chairs

I purchased two of these chairs off Craigslist several years ago when we lived in the Columbia, SC area.  A local restaurant was selling several of these, so I thought they would be a nice add to our home, as well as a keepsake from our time spent in SC (our longest stint so far at 3 years). 

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Each chair cost $25.  The base is white (very beat up), and grey leather upholstery.  They are sturdy and in great shape overall.

In this new house, I decided I want to add them to our seating area in the great room with a little table in the middle.  I also decided I wanted to repaint and recover them and make them look shiny and new!  I knew professionally upholstering them would be expensive, so I did some research and have made the decision to tackle them myself.  Scary!

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I quickly learned why this is a difficult job.  Removing all the staples was a tedious job and I had a blisters for a long time!

Layer one of the staples is this cardboard trim.

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Layer two is the fabric.

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Layer three is this black piece of mesh that was on the back of the chair. 

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Staples, staples, and more staples…on the arms, backs, and seats of two chairs…

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All pieces have been removed and the pads underneath seem to be reusable.  I have saved everything, so I can use the old fabric as my template when cutting the new fabric.

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The first part of this tale is over!  Next on the list is cleaning up the base and painting.  I think I am going to try Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Enamel to give it a nice hard and shiny coating.  I think I will go white. 

 

As soon as I have some time to tackle this part of the tale, I will post about it.  For now, the chairs are sitting pretty in my garage begging for some TLC!

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy, I can't wait to see the finished redo. These are fabulous chairs. Following you now (so I can come back and see those chairs!). Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage.

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