Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chair Repair


I had never taken on an upholstery job this detailed before. However I knew that I could figure it out! So I thought I would share a few hints on how I figured it out, as well as how I kept it all on budget.


The chairs had springs underneath the seat for support and were filled with cotton and horsehair. That was not very appealing to me. I did look at webbing, but the chairs were sort of short, and so I decided to to put wood on them instead. You could use whatever you want, but particle board was the cheapest, and it is incredibly strong. A whole sheet is about $6, and these six chairs took half a sheet. Cut a template out of cardboard or posterboard, and use it for the wood, as well as the foam.


For the foam, I had an idea that cut the price for the project in half! To get enough 3 inch foam for the chairs, it would have been about $100. However, we were replacing Bre's mattress, which was a foam bunkbed mattress. When we went to throw it out, I realized it was just foam. We were replacing her mattress anyway, and a dear friend who was moving needed to get rid of one. We bought it for $25. Since Bre's original one was going to the dump, it was basically a freebie once I figured out I would use it. We used the same template for the wooden bottoms, traced the outlines and used an exacto knife to cut them out. I trimmed them with a pair of scissors, washed them in the washing machine and they were ready to go.


Remember that fabric that I got on sale? I used Scotch Guard to protect it, so it would be more family friendly. After sanding the bases well, I used $1 a can spray paint for the legs, and used $1 a can clear coat for some more protection. To protect the back, I wrapped them in Saran Wrap.


For more padding, I covered them in quilt batting, using two bags of king size sheet batting. I also covered the backs, just for a little more comfort.


So between the batting, foam, wood and sale-priced fabric, I kept this portion of our remodel well under budget. In a few days I will share more on making them look fabulous!

7 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've seen people do this on HGTV but I'm too scared to attempt it myself. I hope you post after pictures.

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so brave! And talented!

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Thanks so much for posting on my blog! What a fun blog you have - I can't wait to take some time and read some older posts! I can tell we'll be fast blog'friends! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Very impressive that you are doing all that on your own...I am sure it will look just fabulous! :)
Carrie

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Can't wait to see the big reveal! It's so rewarding AND economical to reupholster/recover old chairs! Thanks for stopping by to see my French flea market finds.

Anne Marie said...

new here...but can't wait to see the final product....

Beth's Blog said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes and Happy early Birthday to you!:)