January 23, 2012

Staple Removal 101... Weekend Project

Winter finally hit the west coast {and most of the US} this weekend.  I had planned on going out to some thrift stores to source some items for The One Room Challenge.   I also planned to break my No Spend Challenge if I found anything I absolutely had to have for my master bedroom.  But one look outside of sideways rain and gusty winds, and I decided an indoor project was more appropriate.  So I began diving into reupholstering my club chair {which I have two of} for my One Room Challenge.  And since my hands were already going to be sore, I had my client bring over two barrel chairs that I am going to be working on so I could start on those too {more on those later}!

These were the chairs before:

I totally forgot to take pics of the actual chair WITHOUT the slipcover on it... I know, bad blogger!

Here are my tools of choice: Flathead screw drivers, needle nose pliers and a pair of gloves {actually I only use one}.

By looking at the chair I could see the skirt was the last thing to be attached to it would be the first thing to come off.  Then it was the back panel.  

Using my pliers I pried the back panel off to find the scary big metal teeth.  My goal is reuse all of the metal tacking and to use the old fabric as pattern pieces so I do had to be careful and try not to damage anything too badly.

Remove the pieces one by one.  Once the back panel is off it is really easy to see what will be next.  Be sure to label every piece you take off.  I start numbering my pieces at 1 and work my way up.  If there is a piece of the guts... like this batting, I label it the side it is from and also the number of the fabric piece it was under.

Pretty soon you will get down to the frame of the back of the chair.

And then it will be time to move to the front.  The wool backing was already there... and like I said I will reuse everything I can so that will just stay there.

By the time I call it quits for the day my carpet is covered in scraps of thread, fabric, and staples, and my right hand hurts.  I wear one glove on my right hand to cushion the palm as I yank and pull out the staples. The hubs had the idea of using a regular old staple remover instead of prying them out with a screwdriver... I don't have one, but I am going to pick on up and give it a try!  It would be much gentler on my poor hand!

Do you remember I told you these were my Grandmother's chairs?  They are probably from the 60's or 70's.  They have been redone once in that time.  Do you want to see the original?

I can actually remember this fabric from her house!  I know trends keep coming back, but I hope this color scheme is gone for good... or is the year of Tango Tangerine not that original?


Only one more week of the No Spend Challenge!  And don't forget to be ready to link up all of your projects on January 31st!

Living Savvy


Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Pinning this for future reference. I can't wait to see how it comes out!

Janet @ House Four said...

Looks like you and I had similar weekend, Tiffany. I finally finished my "orange" chair makeover for my One Room Challenge. Going to post about it later. Can't wait to see how yours turns out :)

Sam, Leave The Nest Up To Me said...

I strongly recommend buying one of these Berry Staple Removers:


It was a lifesaver when I took apart two chairs! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! I reupholstered a couple of wingback chairs a few months ago, thanks to your prior tutorial. Thank you for the pics and the detailed instructions (and, of course, the humor)!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Can't wait to see how they turn out!

Nicole said...

Looking Good. I know that sore hands feeling all too well. Can't wait to see it come together!

Taylor Morgan said...

wow you go girl! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Katy said...

Oh girl, I'm so glad you posted on this. I am doing the same type of project this weekend and am SO intimidated! Looks great!!

Shannon said...

I have a thrift store chair that got in a fight with a cat. It needs to be re done but I havent taken the leap into upholstery yet. Thanks for the inspiration, can't wait to see how they turn out.

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I am so proud of you not breaking your no spend...that sounded too hard for me. You go girl!Can't wait to see the chair.

Stacy Curran said...

I'm so impressed with people ho can slipover and reupholster...might as well be rocket science to me! Great job!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Hi Tiffany thanks for sharing, staples are the worse! I'm in the process of doing the same thing. Looking forward to seeing your chair completed.

crazkt@yahoo.com said...

Tango Orange & Avacado Green was HUGE in the 60's :)
Your giving me courage to tackle a chair in my basement.