I have to admit, this chair is the biggest pain in the you-know-what. Whoever made it must have thought that staples were the best thing ever invented...that, or they were testing out (and having a lot of fun with) their staple gun.
So Im at a few hundred staples and counting, but Im almost there. Yippee! Then comes the fun part of choosing a fabric to reupholster with.
Im going to give you a few separate tutorials on how to re-do a chair like this. I have to let you know that this is not an easy project- definitely the hardest one Ive done yet. It takes a lot of patience and time. There may have been a few times when I wanted to throw the chair out the window, but we wont talk about those ;)
So here's how to begin (and dont forget to take pictures of everything as you go, so you remember what the chair looked like to begin with!):
You'll need (for Tutorial Part 1):
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- A LOT of patience
1. Take of the main cushions that are sitting on the chair and set aside (easy peasy).
2. Remove the screws underneath the seat to release the lower cushion.:
4. The seat is now off the chair, but we need remove the fabric from the seat. Begin removing all of the staples from the seat. The staple removing will take you the longest and can be most time consuming part of the process. I used a flat head screwdriver to pull up the staples and then a pair of plyers to remove them completely.
5. Take your seat and turn it over. Use the screwdriver to pull up the old fabric and loosen some of the staples on the seat. Then use your plyers to pull the old staples out:
10. Use your plyers to get under the staples and remove them. Try not to damage the wood too much, especially if you plan on staining the chair: