If you’re following these posts on Reupholstering a Wing Chair, you know that I am about to inbark on the challenge of reupolstery. I have not come up with the opinion of whether it’s an “I DO” or I DON’T”, but stay tuned!
I ventured out to Joann fabrics yesterday and unfortunately did not find enough of the fabric. But the woman who helped me gave me some great advice:
Don’t buy fabric in segments, as the color will differ.
In order to avoid a differentiation in fabric I went online and ordered all 14 yards (for two chairs – see below for how much fabric you’ll need). The fabric arrived in 3 days and was exactly what I wanted. I decided on Braemore Fabric in “snow”.
The color is perfect for versatility, and since I know I will want to transfer the chairs from room to room for years I wanted a fabric I could throw a pillow and blanket over in whatever color I wanted. Plus, Braemore fabrics are very resilient against water and stains (worth the cost, trust me)!
Now onto the project. I am going to be completely honest with anyone who is reading this and give you some advice:
Before taking on this project, know what you’re getting yourself into.
I read about twenty blogs saying how they all did this and how great the outcome was. While I agree the outcome is rewarding, there are a lot of mistakes to be made before you actually know what you’re doing. Unless you are a professional, you will come across obstacles…as this is not as easy as sewing curtains or a pillow.
With that being said, here is what you’ll need:
- See below for a helpful diagram depending on the chair you have:
2. TOOLS/ACCESSORIES NEEDED:
- Staple Gun
- Pliers (strong)
- Thin knife or screw driver (needed to get out the staples)
- Sewing Machine
- Upholstery Tacks
- Sewing Pins
- Measuring Tape
- Hard Cardboard (optional)
- Masking or Painters Tape (optional)
Here’s (one of two) chairs I’m tackling!
Ready to get started? Check out Reupholstering a Wing Chair Part III!