Have you ever taken any furniture apart? I’m sure some of you are pros at it, and probably even put it back together. Probably, if I hadn’t ‘met’ a few of you through blogs and message boards, I would never have thought it actually possible to rip all the fabric off the outside of a piece of furniture and then recreate it more beautifully than it was before. I mean, theoretically, I’ve always known it possible. But that’s something that’s left to the pros, right?
On Saturday, I went thrifting. I wasn’t looking for any living room furniture. Rather, I was looking for kitchen furniture. You know… a dining room set, stools for the counter bar, baskets to store things in, those kind of things. Instead, I found this:
I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon ripping out nails, layer by layer of material. First went the skirt, a change that improved the chair ten fold immediately. Definitely not planning on putting that back on.
Then, the back, staple after staple.
I probably could have gotten away with leaving the cardboard backing and the batting on, but it was stapled on over the front piece. Unfortunately, it was not about to come off neatly — there’s no reusing it for anything but a template.
The front bit required some more removal of things that weren’t fabric.
And finally, at the end of the day, I was left with just a little more to go: the green fabric on the back and the seat cushion. Hopefully, by this weekend, I can go shopping for the perfect fabric and all the other things I probably need: a staple gun, batting, cardboard backing, foam for the cushions, piping.
Feel free to point and laugh at the way I make my chin huge when I’m pulling on staples.
Have you ever reupholstered anything? Do you have any favourite tutorials or reupholstery blogs that might help me out?