Well it's a new month and I still have that cold but I wasn't going to let that stop me from finally giving this pair of Mid-Century Modern Danish Armchairs a flower power makeover.
Mid-Century Modern Danish Armchair Makeover
This is what the chairs used to look like...
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Restoring the woodAfter removing the hundreds of staples (the worse part of reupholstery) on each chair along with the filthy dirty upholstery, the next order of business was to restore the worn teak. With 150-grit sandpaper, I was able to remove the surface scratches and even out the wood tones.
Upholstery Tip #1Before you remove one staple, ALWAYS take close up photos of every angle, every fold, every joint in the old upholstery. Trust me, you will refer to these photos often when adding each new piece of fabric.
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I was a little concerned about the oil because judging by the amount of dust on the top of the can, this stuff had been in the workshop for probably over a decade.
Upholstery Tip #2When purchasing fabric with a print, remember to allow for pattern repeats. Because we were doing two chairs and wanted the pattern repeats to be echoed on each chair, I purchased 4-meters (4.37 yards). I was hoping to have fabric left over to sew two matching pillows but unfortunately had just enough for both chairs. Keep this in mind should you want to sew cushions.
Cutting the new fabricAs I mentioned earlier, the original fabric was filthy dirty. Instead of using it for the pattern pieces to cut the new fabric, I traced each piece onto craft paper. I added an extra 4-inches all around each piece so there was room for error and labeled them accordingly.
With the fabric spread out on the floor, lay out the pattern pieces so you get the exact same pattern repeat for each piece per chair.
Upholstery Tip #3When removing the original upholstery, label each piece on the back with a marker. They will become your pattern for cutting the new fabric.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may remember this sneak peek photo I shared earlier this week...
Replacing the old muslin coverThankfully the original stuffing and cotton batting were in good condition. All we had to do was replace the dirty muslin with new batting.
Upholstery Tip #4If you don't do a lot of upholstery projects, a heavy duty stapler (*affiliate link) does the task just fine. Electric staplers (*affiliate link) make the task much easier and are a great option if you tackle a few upholstery projects. If you're like us and do a fair bit of upholstery, a Pneumatic stapler (*affiliate link) is a game changer! While the compressor may be loud and annoying running in the background, the time you save makes the noise well worth it.
Upholstering the chairsBoth chairs were upholstered at the same time to ensure the patterns on each piece lined up exactly the same, starting with the backs.
Upholstery Tip #5Start by putting a staple in the center of top or bottom. Pull the fabric taut (not too taut that it distorts the pattern) and staple the opposite center. Repeat on each side. Work your way around the entire piece.
Note: This is the step where you will be referring to those photos of the original upholstery so you can see how the original folds were on the corners.
I highly recommend this book by Cherry Dobson if you are just learning how to upholster. Rarely do we tackle an upholstery project without it being by our side.
Here is a close up of one of the chair backs completed...
Adding upholstery tacksOn each fold, three Antique Brass Upholstery Tacks (*affiliate link) were added for a total of 18 per chair (as per the original upholstery).
Before I share more beauty shots, let's talk a little bit about the Furniture Fixer Uppers series.
If you missed the challenge in February, I transformed a set of Turned Leg Nesting Tables with Jacobean Floral stenciled tops.
Back to the chairs...
Starting with the left...
Funky Mid-Century Modern Bar makeover for January's challenge did not sell at the market.
Are you as excited as I am to see how the talented gals in this group transformed these Fixer Uppers?
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You will find the MCM chairs shared at these fabulous LINK PARTIES.