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Friday, June 24, 2016

Scared as heck. Upholstering is tough


Never one to shy away from a challenge but I can honestly
see why MORE MEN upholster than woman..

I have been glowing all morning and all I got done 
(is the seat which still needs cording)

Between cutting and pulling and stapling...
( my electric stapler from Stanley that I just purchased 
does not work)  David is picking up a new one!
So I had a backup.....a manual stapler and goodness me my
hands are hurting...


Does not help that my middle finger yesterday was sliced
by a rotary cutter...how deep I have no idea, 
cannot look at it..but my bandaids this am...needed changing...

That is all I can say about that ! :)

Back to upholstering......I have a total
new view on 

Upholsterers

 and their prices..
THEY ARE WORTH EVERY CENT.

You cannot rush this...I am taking a break to show you 
what I have done and how I have done it so far....
and really so I can remember all the steps for my next 
project...


Necessary tools. Besides your fabric, ( consider upholstery fabric)
you really do not want to be changing this every year)

Foam for seat and back, webbing, that will be for back of chair,
burlap to cover springs if yours has them.
Felt, similar to what they use for trunks in cars..
it is perfect to keep springs from squeaking, if you do not have springs
go to next step. Next you will need a  2 inch thickness- high density foam for seat but not for the back...you will need 2 pieces of Dacron, one smaller for covering the foam
the other larger so you can cover to edges of frame of chair. ( I may just add 3x dacron to back) 
For back of chair you will also need some metal tacks strips....and cardboard strips
this helps to keep the back nice and straight ... 
ohhh yes a rubber hammer with some fabric on it so you do not mark your fabric.

You will need a stapler, a regulator ( great for tucking fabric along the sides of arms of chair)
a web stretcher...will need that for the back of chair.
Some spray glue to spray the foam to dacron...just a light coat so it does not shift.
I used #76 3M  ( high tack), also will need a dust cover for underneath.
Cording 5/32, cording foot or zipper foot.

Will go over the necessary tools for back tomorrow....
This is a 2 parter....lol

Will make my cording tomorrow to trim around the whole chair..




Can I share this with you?
I was scared as heck to tackle this project...
I have to keep going over things in my head till I see it all coming
together...and until that happens, I am frozen..

Only other INTJ  ( introvert, intuitive, thinker, judger)
would understand that part...
but I will say, this is really tough to do..
Nothing romantic or easy about it...

 But I am smiling because I got this done...
I am thrilled it actually looks SWEET.

Now I am going to go back to it...the glow 
has dissipated and I am ready to tackle the back of the chair..

Wish me luck....
I have my phone ready should I need to call
an upholsterer for guidance and support ....lol





40 comments:

  1. Samm... IT LOOKS AMAZING! I love your gingham! Still waiting for mine to arrive... but yours gives me an idea of how incredibly cute mine is going to be if it looks anything like yours. I just wanna sit down for a spell and enjoy all of your hard work. Looks very comfy. Keep going... I can't wait to see it all done. xx

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    1. Hi Cori...well no doubt yours in blue will be beautiful....I am so happy with it...really I am....and it is so centred now to get the webbing on...I am going to try layers or dacron instead of foam...already breaking rules I know, but I want it to be extra comfy...

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  2. Oh Samm, it looks beautiful!!!!!!! Very professional I might add. Good luck with the back but you're doing a great job!
    Sorry about your rotary cutter accident, ouch!
    xx

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    1. Hi Sue....where have you been? lol and yes I really sliced...had to change my bandaids again....at least I did not bleed on my chair.. lol. Thanks for the cheer lol

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  3. Good for you. I admire your daring, perseverance, talent, and creativity.
    I recently discovered that the Sailrite company has you tube videos of all kinds of drapery making, upholstery, and re upholstery. I thought I might want to redo a chair, so I watched every little detail, and now I understand fully why it's so expensive, and, more than likely, worth every penny.

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    1. HI Dora...yes I too discovered Sailrite..she is very good and I did pick up some tips and purchased new tools lol. AOL is also good.. he has them in warp speed....so I don;t waste any time listening lol. ( just watching, learned a lot from Darren)

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  4. I love it...........thanks for the tips, I'm almost ready to start my chair !

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    1. HI Libby....well tips are good...so good luck sweetie

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  5. Ouch, sorry about that finger... Chair is looking great. Love the big gingham. Hope you don't run into anymore snags.
    Oh, I have an air-stapler/brad gun. Runs off an air compressor. Mac bought it for me the last time I re-did a chair. It is sooooo much easier than a stapler. More reliable too. Except I jump everytime I shoot it! LOL

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    1. HI Mary Ann...ahhh yes a pneumatic stapler...I did try one but the kick back for me hurt my hand more than an electric stapler...again, I think these tools were made for men...not little women who are playing at upholstering...that is me anyway...my hands are really hurting...
      I just don't have the upper strength to fight webs, and fabric lol...ohh and fingers still hurts..so that does not help...I got the webbing on...and 1 layer of Dacron...that is it for me today lol and snags...did you see any ??? lol

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  6. It looks fantastic, but I can see how it is a monumental job. Soon you will be sitting in it - or not letting anyone sit in it after all of that hard work!!!!! lol

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    1. so far so good Mary...and reminder I have the riot boys, they own everything...I will scotch guard it, and I do plan on having it as my stitching chair....it is a little high so I will have to make a matching stool lol.

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  7. Love it so far. Hope your hand is ok. I won't be trying this any time on.

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    1. HI Jacqueline...I am mending.. these cuts are wicked....and yes my stomach gets into knots tackling any upholstering..want it to be perfect and afraid to mess it up lol

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  8. You are doing a great job! This will be your favorite chair!

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    1. HI Carol. oh yes my fav chair, until the next one of course...although i have a stool that will be perfect for this...

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  9. WOW! What a great job you have done so far! I am truly impressed. Love the yellow gingham.

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    1. HI Mary....shhh me too...I am lol. I am really scared now to tackle the red velvet chair..oh my ...

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  10. This chair looks great. Now I want to redo some chairs.....
    doh! I better finish some other things first.
    Have a happy fun week=end with your little tigers

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    1. HI RosemaryB....yes we are . and you too... and what are you working on at the moment.?

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  11. You are doing a great job on that chair...sorry about the cut finger...

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    1. Thanks gracie...but did it stop me...noooo I just wore a surgical glove on that hand lol

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  12. I love the way your chair is looking so far. I agree with you that upholstery is a very hard job. I, with the help of a sister and a niece, did two french chairs a few years ago and I think these may be the last. My mom reupholstered furniture well into her 80's and loved it, but it's just not my thing. I hope your finger heals quickly.

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    1. thanks sweet lady...and see I knew I was not the only one who thought this was a tough profession...Kudos to your Mumm...no doubt a better woman than I lol

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  13. It's a beauty, so worth the hard work. Can't wait til it's done. Thank you for the insight, perhaps I do not want to redo a kitchen chair set.

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    1. HI Corrie...yes yes yes, you have to do it..you can do it..I know you can....ahhh come on.....I need more insight, experience from others to get better...lol

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  14. I redid my mother's favorite chair after she passed. A labor of love and I didn't use a staple gun. My instructor made us use nails/tacks (in case we ever want to reupholster it again). Love the yellow gingham. It is going to be beautiful.

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    1. HI Pat....ahhh nails and tacks...my hero... now I did think of that ( seriously) but because of so many more layers I was adding, did not think nails would be deep enough without penetrating through the wood.. I did some piping today..so far so good.

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  15. I am similar to you in my approach to big projects. I have to know what I am up against before starting. That means that it takes me a while to start a project. I love how you are transforming this chair. Good luck with the back and take care of that cut.

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    1. HI Cathie....ahh so you are the one...the one who sees what I see lol
      yes it does take me awhile...again, I really have to see the steps before I move forward.. cut is a bit better..

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  16. Oh, Samm your chair looks awesome! Your doing a great job! I totally understand how you feel. I'm glad you mention this. It's embarrassing to say but I have had my dining chairs for a couple of years now. The fabrics are not my only problem. I just can't get started for fear that I'll really screw it up. I'm procrastinating big time. My mom used to upholstery car interiors and furniture. I don't remember much of how she did it but I know it's not easy. She can give me tips over the phone, but heck I can't visualize. It's all Greek to me. lol

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    1. HI Theresa....ahhhhhh well thank you very much...I really have so many cuts, and bruises...you would think I fell off a horse...And I was not kidding...it is not easy, when I think of how much I have paid in the past for upholstering and was not happy with the price...little did I know....A friend asked me the other day if I could do a few chairs for her....my answer was NOOOOOOOOO so quickly....also added, she could never afford me to do it....I would be a wreck lol. Your Mom must be something else....it is tough for women....x

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  17. Wow! Samm, I think every minute you spent for this difficult job is worth it! Your chair already looks perfect to me!

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    1. HI sweet Masha....wellllll it is almost done..I am just waiting for some metal tack strips...but I have the front top done and made a foot stool to match...will show as soon as I get the back done...x

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  18. Samm Dear I never doubt your abilities when it comes to being creative. Your chair looks truly gorgeous in spite of your seriously cut finger and old time hand stapler. You are quite the inspiration when it comes to tackling projects. Thank you for being "Warrior Woman".

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    1. Hi Sherry...so you too are the one....I question everything I do...reminded myself that is what not that long ago, I did not even know how to quilt...still don't.....I do everything the hard way lol. finger is looking better, if I did not keep using it lol....

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  19. LUCK!
    Your work looks great so far! I never done upholstering before, but I really can imagine (after your post) how demanding this work must be.
    But all the work is worth it - it looks so sweet - already now!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. HI Hilda...thanks sweet lady....I keep repeating this, but this was one of the hardest projects I have ever done...second guessing and redoing... more photos soon...x

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  20. You will be so proud when you finish!! It's looking great! I upholstered two very similar chairs a couple of years ago. Yes, it was not easy and it was really scary to cut into that fabric to go around legs, etc. I got my sister to upholster something at the same time so we could cheer one another along. You will never see thrift store furniture in the same light again!! You're doing great!

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    1. See that is my issue Linda..I don't have siblings, I am on my own....so of course I make mistakes, oh lot's of them....and yes I will agree. I look at everything now.." I can redo that..." NOT lol..

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