Sunday, October 24, 2010

How to Redo a Chair

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After showing you guys how NOT to redo a chair, I am happy to say that I can now show you the correct way to do everything.  Well, everything may not be "correct" per se.  We will just call it the "Hannah" way to redo a chair :)


The first thing I did was drag my chair into the garage mumbling a few choice words along the way. ALL that work was for NOTHING! Little did I know, I was in for about a gazillion times more work.



I sanded the heck out of this chair.  You may remember that I have an aversion to sanding. I absolutely hate sanding. With a passion. I swear my hands were vibrating for about 30 minutes after sanding. That may have been because it took me over 2 hours to get it down to the bare wood. Yes, you read that right... 2 HOURS!


Then I started adding the paint. I decided not to go the spray paint route.  You may remember from this post that I swore I would never use a paint brush to paint a chair again.  Whelp, I ate those words. I gave the chair 2 coats of primer. It then got 2 coats of Eggshell by Glidden. It was very bright white but I knew I was going to take care of that with some glaze.

It took a lot of restraint to make myself sllloooow down.  I am very impatient and want to just get a project done but I wanted this chair to look good.  Drips do not look good. It was very difficult to make myself be patient and careful!





Before I applied the glaze I roughed up the edges.  I just took some sandpaper and sanded the edges.  I didn't get to crazy with it but made it just a little worn looking.


I was VERY nervous to try out this glaze after my disaster of a pumpkin the first time I used it. I really have no clue if this is the "correct" way to apply glaze but this is the "Hannah" way.



Apply a bit of glaze to your paper towel.


 Rub on generously.


Then wipe it off with a dry part of your paper towel. Keep adding until you get the darkness that you want. I just wanted mine to have a little tint so it wasn't bright white.




I love the way the glaze is darker on the sanded edges.

I then brought it inside to start the upholstery part. 


 I added the batting and stapled it all in.


I used the old piece of fabric as a template because that's what everybody says to do. I'm glad I did, it worked like a charm!


I then stapled my fabric all the way around.  I was super careful to keep the pattern straight.  I started in the front and then went to the back and then the sides. 


I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to attach the trim. Is this the correct way to do this? Probably not. If it comes undone though it'll be easy to just hot glue back on :)


I'm not really sure you're supposed to trim it like this but I wanted to go around like that for 2 reasons. 1. It will keep the fabric in place. 2. I didn't want to have to cut the trim for every side. Even if this isn't how you are supposed to do it, I like it.


This is what the back looks like. I don't love it but I didn't really have a choice.  The trim was fraying like crazy.  The hubs suggested burning the ends AFTER I had already hot glued everything down. Thanks babe!


And there you have it, the "Hannah" way to redo a chair!

How about a few before and afters for your viewing pleasure?







Lesson learned. Point taken.  Do things the right way the first time.






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