Monday, August 15, 2011

My First Reupholstery is DONE!!!

I don't know how all the DIY'ers do it. I am amazed at how many projects they have done and seem to do overnight. Me, well my little project turned into what seemed like forever. I painted, repainted, and then started the upholstery part but with my weak wrists stapling became a "wear your brace, take three Motrin's and check back in the morning" kind of  deal. My husband already had a manual staple gun but I knew I would need something with a bit more power so I purchased an electric stapler. For every 10 staples I shot, 8 of them had to come out. I also couldn't hold the fabric tight and hold down the gun very well. I was so frustrated after all that I have put into this project to come to this road. Hubby called me at the tail end of my discovering I just couldn't do it with the tools that I had. I broke down in frustration telling him my woes and the fact that I have discovered from various blogs that pneumatic is the way to go. Bless his heart, he said "well, I guess you will have to get one".  So with hubby's go ahead I went out and purchased a pneumatic upholstery staple gun and air compressor. I first purchased one from Home Depot (just a basic pneumatic stapler) but it had way to much power and shot those staples clear to the other side. That just won't do so I did a search and it seemed that upholstery guns need to be purchased online. I kept searching and actually found a local tool store that had one in stock. I immediately returned the first gun back to HD, and then bought the upholstery gun from Tool Up. The night before when I had the first gun I found this post about Upholstery Basics:Tool Time which walks you through getting your air compressor and staple gun all hooked up. I have to say the instruction manual for the air compressor scared me crazy and I feared I would get blown up. So see this post it took the scary away (sort of) and I followed those instructions again with my new staple gun. I immediately noticed a difference with this gun, the size was more comfortable and I could just tell this was the right one. The first time I shot a staple through the upholstery gun it was such a huge difference, it had just the right amount of power to drive the staple into the wood with out blowing through the wood. With in 10 minutes I had the back of the chair completed and was so happy, I had to run in the house and give hubby a big kiss!
I still needed to pull the fabric tight but no pressure on my wrists while stapling. The next night I worked on the base of the seat and it isn't perfect but for my first upholstery project I think I did really well. I used gimp to cover the staples and I burnt burnt the heck out of my forearm with the tip of the staple gun..ouch!! I do believe is going to scar. I have to say with all the trial and error my first project was a success. I do cringe at the fact that I have a whole other chair like this one to complete. The actual painting an reupholstery was not biggy compared to removing the original fabric. This was a big, big pain! I am trying to decide if I want to do the chair exactly the same or completely different. I currently don't have a spot for them in my house so these are just for fun projects.
I also have 4 dining chairs to start on, these will be a much easier project with just a base seat.
I wish I could update you with something positive about my dining table but this project has become worse and worse. It seemed like everything was going great but when I applied the stain it went from bad, to really bad. I talked with someone at a wood shop and they said I needed to re-sand the table. This is not going well at all. I will be taking the table leaf to the store to see if this is salvageable or if I just need to scrap it. Good thing it cost only $25 dollars. Of course that is not factoring in the cost of supplies.. I will update later! Here are the pictures of my chairs! I mentioned it in this post, but my inspiration was from Marian from Miss Mustard Seed, she is amazing and with how busy her blog is she was responded to my email so quickly. That made my day, well that and my finished chair!! Paint colors used: Old White as base, Duck Egg Blue all over, Paris Gray dry brushed, and clear wax

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  1. this is beautiful! You did so well on your first chair, you're already a pro! It may become an addiction, I tell you. :)

    I'm hosting an Annie Sloan chalk Paint and wax giveaway till Monday this week, stop by and enter!



  2. This is amazing, especially for your first tackle of reupholstery. I know what you mean about it taking forever. It's so worth it in the end, though. I'm a new follower :)

  3. Very good job!!! If this is your FIRST piece, imagine what your FIFTH piece will look like? Can't imagine it being any lovelier though ;) Great effort :)

    Smiles, visiting from MMS Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in IL

  4. WOW!! You sure do have a talent for it!! So VERY beautifully redone!

    Deborah (

  5. I think you did an awesome job! I have still been too afraid of tackling upholstery. MMS makes it look so easy. But even after reading your horror story about it, I may give it a try! Seriously, your chair looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I'm so jealous! I have a chair just like that I haven't had the guts to go for! It looks great. Perhaps I will tackle my own..

  7. Fantastic! Looks like a Miss Mustard Seed Chair! Of course, that is a compliment! Way to go on your first attempt. Miss Mustard Seed inspired me too, I have just finished a few myself....You are way ahead of my by figuring out how to link up! Congratulations! Carol

  8. It looks super duper! I see a few features in your future. (say that 3 times fast)

  9. We start by stripping back your exciting covers and the top layers of the padding, the springs and frame joints are inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary where required. This is all included in your re upholstery quote and will not be charged for.

  10. You have this great hand in upholstery! I could still remember my first time and it was really a mess but I was still proud of it.

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