A few months ago, you may recall that I shared the ugly to pretty chairs and when I ended that post I only had one finished, which had a mistake to fix and I had messed up the other one. Well, these chairs tried to get the best of me!! I never was able to find more fabric to match the first chair, so I went ahead and bought some new fabric. I reupholstered the one chair and loved it. I also made a few minor adjustments to my process along the way that made it a better finish. Well, after I had the one done, I decided that the improvements and fabric were better so I ripped the old one apart and made a matching set.
The main revision was in how I reupholstered around the arms, so I will show that part here. For the other aspects, visit the first version here. I used the old fabric as my template and cut it out and then laid it on the chair.
I learned my lesson from before and did not cut the slits for the arms until it was on the chair, and even then I did one at a time. But first I added extra fabric at the base of each arm.
Then, I cut the fabric in the middle of the arm.
I tucked the fabric around the foam of the seat.
Then, I rolled the edges over and stapled at the base.
When I attached the trim around the arms, I attached it to the fabric and not the wooden arm. I did not do this right the first time and when you sat on the chair it ripped the trim from the arm. With the trim attached to the fabric it easily slides as you sit in the seat.
Then, I glued trim the whole way around the base of the fabric to hide the remaining staples and the chairs were done.
I really love them.
So, just to refresh your memory of the before and after.
What do you think…do you like the new version? Have you ever had a project that felt never ending?
As much as I love this pair of chairs (now that they are done), I am selling them, so if you are local and interested in buying the chairs, please let me know.