Last week, I shared the Vintage Secretary Desk I completed for a client. I love the way it turned out with the grey paint and the contrasting walnut stained top. It looked so fresh.
This desk also came to me with a chair. A very dark chair with gold velour upholstery. I love the shape of it and the lovely caned back but it too needed an update.
I primed and painted the chair the same SW West Highland White I used for the cubbyholes on the desk. Then I covered the chair is a lovely peacock fabric, picking up the grey of the desk.
Steps to reupholster a basic chair:
Re-upholstering a chair like this is relatively simple. I considered doing a tutorial but there are a plethora of similar tutorials out in Blogland so I will just give you the key points. (NO affiliate links)
- Unscrew the seat from the base
- Remove the existing cover and foam by removing all the staples.
- (Note: I invested in a proper staple remover and it makes it much easier
- Using the wood seat base as a guide, cut 3 or 4 inch foam at least one inch bigger all around.
- This excess with ensure you cover the wood edges when you add the new fabric.
- I have a basic electric knife I use specifically to cut foam
- Using the wood seat base with the foam on top of it as a guide to cut the fabric. Be sure to make it large enough to wrap both and be able to staple underneath,
- Optional: Add a layer of quitting batting over the foam / under the fabric.
- Center the fabric over the seat and begin to staple.
- I like to begin with a few staples on one side then go to the opposite side and pull tight and staple a few there. And continue until you are finished.
- I have used a regular wood staple gun but often they are not powerful enough. I purchased a stronger stapler requiring a compressor and it makes all the difference. I am fortunate to have a neighbour with a compressor who lets me “store” it for him.
The upholstering part of the chair took about an hour. The basic tools I used really help, especially the pneumatic stapler.
Here is how the desk and chair look now.
What a transformation!
I just love these pieces and kind of wish I could have kept them 😉