This is my newest project that I've been working on, a cute little French chair that I picked it up at a flea market quite awhile ago that I'm just now getting to. It is a very sturdy and I loved the lines on it. I've never done anything like this before, as far as reupholstering goes. I've done plain chair seats before, but never a chair with so many areas to recover. This should be interesting!
I tore off all of the upholstery, it was yucky!
Then I had to take out a bazillion staples, I swear, why so many staples for such a little chair!
It had wear marks on it before I started, but after I got through, there were many more
My fingers were so sore, and seriously had sore muscles when I was finished.........those staples did NOT want to come out! Picture me wrestling with this thing!
I left the existing padding on the chair because I wasn't certain how to do it, and it was still intact.
I painted it with chalk paint in an Antique White, I will use that color until the gallon is gone!
When I saw how badly I had beaten up the chair just trying to remove the staples, I had no choice other than distress this finish. The gouges make it look authentic:)
Then I sanded it all down with an 120 grit sand paper
The chalk paint makes the sanding a little easier, I really like this stuff!
Then I rubbed a dark wax over the entire chair and really rubbed it good to get it in the cracks & crevices.
So far, this has been easy! The challenging part is reupholstering it and making it look like a professional job.
I had several visions for this chair, I didn't know if I should paint it a bright color and add a colorful fabric, paint it black and use animal print, etc. But since it was so scarred, I had no choice but to paint and distress it. I wanted the fabric to be a soft and delicate print, because I love the contrast between rustic & soft. So, I decided to use fabric from my stash. I think I'm going to use several patterns on this chair just to make it a little different, not boring.
This is a pile of leftover upholstery material I had from my slipcovers that I made. It wouldn't be very cost effective to go and buy more now would it?!
I have to let the wax dry really good before I can start covering the chair so I will let it set for a few days. I can't wait to start on it though, I'm always up for something new!