I was commissioned to re-upholster some dining room chairs for a work friend and wanted to share this with everyone! I’m proud of myself for finishing a project and making a small profit!
This was a painstaking process and I learned a few lessons as well as developed some goals for my future in this business.
1. A good working staple gun can save you from cussing.
2. Working in the early morning is the only time to do manual labor in Dallas, TX. (I will probably never follow this rule, but starting this project in the middle of a drougt and 110 degree temps makes 6 am worktime seem really appealing)
3. Just keep working. Eventually it will get done.
1. Get a pneumatic staple gun, like this one:
2. Create an entire Dining set with my new found skills of upholstery!
3. Possibly add a handmade section on my Etsy site for custom upholstery of dining chairs (local only). Simple way to make some extra money!
I started by stripping down the chairs and removing the old pleather covering and foam. I gave it a good clean cause it’s nice to work on a clean surface.
As I stripped them, I noticed one of the bases was rotting and I had to have a very nice guy from church to cut a new piece of plywood. I am eternally grateful…
I then started the grueling process of stapling the fabric over the foam and batting. I won’t go into alot of detail because there are about a billion videos on youtube that can explain this process. I have a link below to one of the best tutorials I found!
My stapler wasn’t meant for this heavy duty of a job, so I used about 90% body weight and 10% stapling power to insert each staple… My shoulder was so sore of all that smashing of the stapler!
We ate in the midst of this process.
I bought this fabric called “stiffener,” I’m still not sure what it’s supposed to stiffen. I used it to cover up the ugly staples and extra fabric on the bottom.
Christopher saved the day and drilled each seat into the chair frame. He really likes the drill.
They turned out pretty good! And my first upholstery customer was happy!
I used Weisen3098’s YouTube videos to learn how to do this. He does great tutorials. Check him out here.