{thrift store chair: update}

Here is the status of my thrift store chair I shared with you over a week ago.

The bottom seat is finally recovered but not without a few glitches along the way. 

I had the whole seat recovered and then I watched some very useful videos sent to me by:

Marriah said...

It looks like you might have already started on your chair, but I've recently taken on my own chair re-upholstery project. I have deconstructed it to find broken old springs in the seat. In my search to find replacement springs, I found this website with wonderful supplies that seem to be very competitive price-wise. The gem though is the links to the youtube videos of the owner (45 years in the upholstery business)of each step in the process -- i think 13 videos in all. Here's the link: http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/how-to-upholster-chair.html 
Good luck!

After watching the first 2 videos {very informative} I realized - I forgot to put a layer of Dacron {batting} between the foam and the fabric! 

So out went all the staples and I cut a piece of batting that I went out to buy, layered it under my fabric piece and stapled it back on.

Much better!
The batting gives the fabric a way smoother finish, a step not to be missed.
Now onto the back piece, that will be really tricky. 

My dilemma: 
I would like to finish the bottom off with some nail heads, should I just use a few like this photo? 

Or run nailhead trim along the whole bottom edge?

Don't forget you have until Sunday to enter my giveaway for a $45 gift certificate to CSN!


  1. it looks great!...i vote for just a few...subtle. have a great day!

  2. Oh I LOVE the black and white stripe- looks perfect on those chairs- I'd do the nailheads like the picture- just around the legs.
    Can't wait to see them finished!!

  3. Oh my goodness...your chair looks amazing!!! You've done a fabulous job! Kind of funny, but I just finished a little stripy chair makeover myself :) I had somehow missed your last chair post....and now I see you got your fabric from IKEA. I love it!

    See you on saturday? :)

  4. Great link, thanks!

    And for the tacks, you can always start out with inserting them like the old chair and then keep adding more til you like the look.

  5. It's looking great! I love the idea of just a few nailheads like your example pic, but either way will look great! :)

  6. Looking great, I love the black and white, and I think nailhead trim just around the legs would look the best!

  7. Is there anything you can't do Barbara? Love the fabric and I am going to be different and say do the nailhead along the bottom edge - more impactful and would follow the line of the stripe.

  8. Go all the way, Baby! (with the nail heads, that is). You are doing this project in a VERY professional manner. I admire you.
    Mary ann

  9. I'm a nailhead nut so I would go all the way!! Makes more of a statement. The chair is coming along great:)

  10. Nailhead all the way I say!
    Love your chair.

  11. You did such a great job! It's looks really professional. I adore nail heads,I'm all for a whole strip along the bottom!

  12. Awesome! Don't you hate having to go backwards on your work, so frustrating. Thanks for sharing the link though. I say all the way with the trim.

  13. So glad Maya introduced your blog to me...Love the peony painting! and that striped fabric on your chair. I'll be watching for more of your projects... (Oh, and I am following your blog)
    Jane (artfully graced)

  14. Wow, you are sooo pro Barbara! This seat looks awesome, and I LOVE that you placed the stripes horizontally on it. It is looking amazing!!
    Nancy xo

  15. Oh, half say all the way , the other half say just a little bit of railheads - what to do???

  16. What a great after. I am all about anything that has a black and white stripe. Anything.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  17. What a great after. I am all about anything that has a black and white stripe. Anything.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  18. Looks great!
    I had the identical chair years ago it was purple velvet! It would be so in right now!
    Pamela :)


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