August 2, 2011

How To: Reupholster a Cane Barrel Chair

 Hello!  I hope everyones week is getting off to a good start!  I can't believe it is already August!!

So I gave you all a little preview of my new desk chair with my workspace reveal yesterday {BTW thank you for all of the praise on the space}!!  When I saw this chair sitting outside the door of an antique shop in Chico I knew I was going to buy it if it was under $50 bucks.  It was sold when it was only $35, but it was my MIL who told me to offer $25 and then bought it for me when they said yes! {Thank you MIL!!} 

This is my first attempt at reupholstering a piece of furniture.  I have taken apart a dining room chair seat and stapled on new fabric, but I have never taken apart an existing chair, completely removed everything and then put it back together.  {If you have been following for the last few months I am currently in the process of doing this with my wingback chairs.  I did, finally choose a coordinating fabric for the front and it was 60% off!!  I hope to start the actual reupholstering this week.}  So this was a learning process for me! And, with that said I am no expert or even an experienced DIYer in this field, but I am very happy with the results!


Remember the before....


Here is how I started:



I removed the cushion and then the seat of the chair first.  It was screwed in with square key screws?? Had never seen them, but luckily the hubs had a square key drill bit in his huge case of "stuff I think he will never use"... look who was wrong about that... ha!  Then I began removing the tufted, upholstered back.  Again if you have been reading for a while, you know that I have a "love" for removing staples... but these were the worst one yet.  Because the piping was glued to the chair, who knows how many years ago, the staples were glued in as well!!  OH JOY!



I had to literally almost rip the fabric off of the chair!  But it all came off and in one piece... for the most part!  I then took the frame outside to paint.  I typically do not sand anything and this piece was no different!  I used my fav spray primer, the brown Zinnser 1,2,3 and then followed up with two coats of Rustolium's Heirloom White in flat and then one coat of a spray polyurethane in gloss.  I DID however sand in between coats just to touch up the areas that dripped or dried a little funny.



Meanwhile, inside I started to re-tuft the back cushion.  I used the old fabric as a pattern for the new fabric.  I found this fabric at my local home decor fabric warehouse as a sample square.  They sell these squares 26"x26" all of the time for $3 a square or $5 for two.  This was the first time I saw a retro floral!  I bought 2, but only because I had no purpose for them {and kicked myself for not buying all 8 they had... and when I went back 3 days later they were all gone}!  If I had only know I was going stumble upon this chair...




When I started this part of the process I was fully prepared to make my own fabric covered buttons {my 2nd favorite thing to do} but I discovered the buttons were put together with long metal prongs... and after thinking about it I decided to just cover the existing buttons.  I used some fabric glue and wrapped the new fabric around the buttons.


Again I used the old fabric as a pattern for the cushion.  I will admit that this part was what I thought was going to be hard.  I have not been sewing for very long so I was just going to try and rip it all out if it was not right.  I also made my own bias piping!!  I have been doing some practicing with this and I will show a 'how to' on that soon!  {It is easier than one would think!}  


I used my new found skills to install a zipper.


And then pieced them all together.




I found this fabric at the same place I found the floral.  I had to look for something after I wasn't able to get any of the other squares.  It was $6 a yard and 50% off!!! I love that it looks like a burlap, but feels like a very soft woven linen.  I will be honest and say that it was probably not the best fabric to work with, given it was my first time making a cushion... but I didn't think about that when I saw the price and the look! ;}




So, I thought making the cushion was going to be the hard part... Boy, I was so wrong!!  Stapling the fabric back into the chair was way harder than I thought it was going to be!!!  I did not want to ruin the newly painted finish so I had to be so very careful!  Once I had a couple in it was a little easier...





The next step was to cover the attached part of the seat and add the piping.  I was so over pulling out staples so I just covered over the old fabric.  And the final step was to cover the stapling of the back with the matching welting.  I debated about using nail head instead, but I liked the softer look of the welt.  I used my trusty old hot glue gun {and I mean old... I think it was my moms from like 20 years ago!} to apply the piping.  Chair done!

Add the cushion, and...






The cushion could have been a little more tailored, but for my first attempt I am pretty happy with it!  Once I get a few more sewing projects under my belt I might go back and redo it.  

I love looking at it everyday and sitting in it everyday!  It is not the traditional desk chair, but it is VERY comfortable and exactly the perfect mix of electric modern mixed with the clean lines of the desk.




10 comments:

Lauren said...

Tiffany, I can't believe you're a novice with a sewing machine!! Great job with the zipper--looks wonderful! This is a beautiful chair!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

That is an amazing job..I like that you used different fabrics!

Vanessa said...

Very cute! I have a twin or cousin to this chair that I just recovered, also. I haven't posted about it yet, though. Love your fabric choices! BTW- I'm stopping over from Show & Tell.

Vanessa said...

Sorry- Not Show & Tell, I meant Thrifty Decor Chick! #toomanywindowsopenatatime:)

Janis@ Home Style said...

I love that fabric and it looks so nice with the chair style. Great job with the sewing, I'm in the process of redoing a chair (it was actually stuffed with some sort of hay...YUCK!!!) but I'm hoping it'll be a NO-SEW project as my skills are not on par with yours.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Your first time? I am so impressed. The tufting alone would intimidate me. Love the fabric. Beautiful job!

Hope Martin said...

I love this! I can't wait to see more DIY projects from you! Plus I definately want to see more on sewing your own cushions and the bias piping! Thanks for the inspiration!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Love the chair! I like that you chose two different fabrics I did the same thing. I'm your newest follower stop by for a blog visit I'm having my first giveaway too!

Cathy Wall said...

This is darling!!!! Love the printed fabric on this chair, what is it/ where did you find it?

Cathy

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WOW! Spectacular!

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Soemthing similar with golden hues...

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