Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How [Not] To Upholster a Chair


The blogosphere is filled with all kinds of great how-to’s, right?! Well, today I’m buckin’ tradition and sharing a how not to project here at Salvage Savvy. I can assure you this wasn’t my original intention for the chair… but, after a series of unfortunate events, this post was born!

It all started the moment that I pulled-off the chair’s trim and saw approximately 8,492 staples stuck waaaaay inside a tiny little groove.
D'oh. Now maybe you are the kinda’ gal who rolls-up her sleeves and figures out how to dig-out approximately 10,478 staples from the clutches of the abyss [and yes, the number of staples will continue to grow as this post continues]. Well, not me. I roll up my sleeves and figure out another way. And while working on this chair I had to figure out another way a-lot.
Sooooo. Now I shall share with you fine folks my how not to list:

1. When you have approximately 12,196 staples that are impossible to remove… don’t. Just leave ‘em. It’ll be fine. If ignorance is bliss… then denial is pure ecstasy.



2. Don’t bother measuring or making a pattern when upholstering. Just start cutting. [As long as you have lots of extra fabric] You’ll be fine.





3. And hey, If your second attempt at “cutting first” still doesn’t work, then just patch the darn thing [most likely that spot will be in the back anyway]. 4. Don't bother checking your supplies before beginning, you have plenty of staples. Just don’t worry about it… you won’t run out halfway into your project [like me].





5. Sometimes staples refuse to stick. When that happens, just use your hot glue gun… but only if you want the chair to look extra “classy.”





6. BTW- You have plenty of glue sticks too, don't bother checking those supplies either. And if you do happen to run out of them [like me], you can always use the smaller ones that don’t actually fit the gun [however, you will need to physically push them through the gun to make them work]. 7. Don’t bother measuring how much trim you’ll need for the chair. You can just figure it out at the store… they love it when you spread it out all over the isle trying to recreate the circumference of your chair on the floor.



And that's it. Despite all my [heartache and failures] fun... I actually like the final product! I just kept going [laughed at myself alot] and got extra funky and creative with my trim to hide a world of trouble [and approximately 21,187 staples]! And, no, I won't be turning the chair around anytime soon. The front is pretty. That's all we need to know :)


47 comments:

  1. I think you're my twin... because this is pretty much exactly everything that happens to me when i try to do something like this. Funny post. And... the chair looks great to me!

    Cindy

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  2. Ahahahaha! Oh girl, I SO feel your pain on this one--I just finished reupholstering a set of chairs myself and wrote a nearly identical I-HATED-THIS-PROJECT blog post about it (if you're interested, it's over here: http://www.maybematilda.com/2011/08/diy-reupholstered-living-room-chairs.html). I seriously was dumbfounded by the number of staples in my chairs--still can't believe there were that many staples IN THE WHOLE WORLD, much less in my 2 measly chairs. But your project turned out beautifully, and I'm sure you, like me, will admire it in a sort of love-hate way and never attempt reupholstery again :-) I never would have guessed you had so many issues with it--it looks wonderful!

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  3. That was hilarious! So enjoyed reading someone else that thinks the way I do, but you have a way with words to actually make it sound like fun instead of stressful!
    Love the chair!

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  4. I think the chair looks great :) New follower from whimsical wednesday, have a great evening! You can find me at

    http://wvfrugal-wvsaver.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thank you for that! And the upholstered chair looks great on this computer screen!

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  6. Great post Connie, you had me cracking up.

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  7. Your chair is beautiful!! Loved this post - you had me laughing! It sounds just like a chair that I found once. I had all these grand plans for it and after pulling miles and miles of nailhead trim, I discovered the same 12,000 little staples that you did. Only, I stuck my chair in a corner of my workroom and never returned to it - haha!! The poor chair. Maybe I should go and dig it out again :) Too funny!

    Have a great day,
    Kathleen

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  8. LOL! I feel this way during a lot of my projects too! The chair looks great though!

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  9. This is hilarious.... I've been laughing out loud through the whole thing, and I'm by myself! Btw- the chair looks great!!!

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  10. That is hilarious! It looks great though!

    http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/

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  11. Your post made me laugh, mostly because I think I've done just about everything you listed!! Well it turned out just beautiful!

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  12. Hahahaha, this post is awesome. Are we related??

    Thanks so much for linking it up at Freestyle Friday. :)

    Adrianne
    www.happyhourprojects.com

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  13. Sounds like something I would do, looks great though!

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  14. This is just too funny! You had me laughing because I've been there! Even with all the trouble and those darn stapes, your makeover is gorgeous. Wonderful transformation.

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  15. I chuckled all the way through your post! The part I identified most with is not measuring for the trim and trying to figure it out at the fabric store-I have so been there! The chair turned out nice though. Isn't it nice to know there are so many of us nonperfect, normal people out there who can have a laugh at ourselves?

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  16. Now your title of this post has my name written all over it:) I’m having a Pottery Barn gift card giveaway…hop over and enter…ends 8/28 at midnight.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Holy Staples! Reupholstering is NOT easy lol My first chair was a huge wingback... KILL ME ha! You did a great job :) Love the transformation!

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  18. You are hysterical! I featured this today-come grab a button!
    Kim
    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/08/good-morning-sunshine_29.html

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  19. This was hysterical and actually very helpful! Love it! I'm your newest follower! Come visit me at afabulleshome.blogspot.com!

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  20. Too funny! Pulling staples out of furniture stinks!It looks fabo!

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  21. Now that was THE MOST realistic tutorial to date! SO TRUE!! Thanks for the refreshing laugh. The chair is BEAU-TIFUL!! ;)

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  22. I am working on a project just like this. GRRRR!

    Your chair looks great.

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  23. Oh - I hear what you are saying! I just finished a similar chair for a guest post and it had a gazillion staples! I did get some out but had to just work with it.
    And my trusty Liquid Stitch came in real handy for mess ups :)
    But your chair turned out so beautiful! Great job!

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  24. My kind of gal! They love me at the fabric store too :)

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  25. It turned out great! That happens to me a lot; I find a great deal and think the makeover is going to be so easy... and it usually isn't! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  26. Yes never check the supplies! I can't tell you how many times I was in Joann's buying staples and cording. Everytime I came back, they'd be like "what did you forget this time?" I upholstered the hardest armchair I could find as my first project. I did some patchwork stuff inside the cushion but I doubt anyone would be able to tell!

    Here's the post:

    http://designpardeux.com/armchair-makeover/

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  27. Connie - this chair is adorable. I haven't attempted to upholster (except for simple seats)yet, but now I know what NOT to do! ha! Thank you for sharing on Blue Cricket Design.
    www.projectqueen.org

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  28. Oh my, projects like this can be SO frustrating! But I actually really like how it turned out! Great job!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html

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  29. haha so funny. i love seeing mess ups on a blog. makes the person blogging seem more real... :)

    you did such a good job! it looks amazing.

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  30. I totally enjoyed your post! I thought that I was the only one who created by the seat of my pants - no plans, just staples, pins, fabric, etc. for curtains, seat cushions, etc.!

    Way to go- it looks great!

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  31. Very nice. Laugh out loud funny...funny cuz it's true. I'm pretty sure I've been there...a lot! Thanks for sharing.
    www.knottooshabbyfurnishings.com

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  32. this post was cracking me up. i can't believe there were 16,429 staples in that chair!
    i'm totally the same way. figuring everything out before hand takes way to much time! everything will come together in the end (ha, if it was always like that, life would be bliss).
    thanks for sharing!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  33. What a wonderful post, very funny :) The chair looks great! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  34. haha, this is sooo true!!! On the easy stuff everything goes according to plan!!

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  35. Hilarious post, and the chair looks like a million bucks! Great job!

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  36. How NOT to's are often more informative than how tos! The chair looks good... I won't share your secret! :) Thank you so much for linking your post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  37. Okay you have no idea how hard I'm laughing right now! One day I need to meet you in person! So something I would do! Thanks for sharing the real version of making over this fabulous chair!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  38. Isn't this how we all start out? We ate flying by the seat of our pants, make five more runs to get supplies, make a few mistakes but girllll.... look at how great it turned out. Aren't you glad you have that before photo? You rocked this project

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  39. now this is something even i could do! thank you for the most realistic instructions ever! i spied your fab vintage dresser a while ago (maybe @ miss mustard seed??) and am so happy to find the source today....so now i'm your newest follower. i, too, love the mid-century vintage dressers and have one i'm working on now. so much fun!

    amy

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  40. Gotta say I LOVE the humor of your post - and how gorgeous the chair turned out, despite all the trouble it caused you. :-) - Meg @ megactsout.blogspot.com

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  41. Some truly nice and useful information on this internet site , likewise I believe the style and design has got excellent features.

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  42. Hilarious post. I think we've all been there.

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  43. You are right, the final product is great. I like it too.

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  44. oh my....i laughed reading this. i have to say i just did the same thing...your's looks great and yes, i agree...no one has to see the back :)

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  45. Ha- your project sounds an awful lot like most of my projects! I'm beginning to think I should have named my blog What Not to Do. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone! :)

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  46. Love this post! The chair turned out wonderful!!

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  47. O.K. so now I need to recover my dining chair as I p--d myself laughing so much..

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