DIY // Removing Old Upholstery

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I am working on this 30-year-old chair, that I got at an upscale sale store for just $22. I wanted to share the steps I took, and the tools I used to take off the old upholstery.
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You may wonder how I can be sure this chair is over 30 years old? Well, look for yourself! I found this tag on the bottom seat of the chair, and was surprised when I saw the exact date, some of the company name and the state it was manufactured in.
Retail price $563, I have to admit that I am speechless. Imagine you had to pay this amount 30 years ago, for a chair!!!
I used a tack claw and pliers to lift the staples and pull them out.
Just the seating cushion took me 30-40minutes to remove.
By removing all the staples carefully, the old cushion can now be used as template for the new fabric.
The backing was secured with decorative nail-heads and staples!
Blank canvas! Next step, is sanding, staining and re-finishing.
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  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Aug 11, 2014

    I am really good at deconstruction (and destruction) - not so good at reconstruction! lol Would love to see the steps you took to reupholster!

    • @Marion Nesbitt don't worry, I am! I actually just worked on it tonight, can't wait to share it soon. Make sure you are subscribed to the blog or follow me on FB. Thanks Marion

  • Susi Setiono
    on Aug 15, 2014

    thanks for sharing

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