How To: Reupholster a Louis-style Chair
The actual work was pretty uncomplicated, but since I had never worked with a chair like this, I psyched myself out every time I looked at it!
Removing the old fabric wasn’t difficult, but there were so many staples in it, my hand started cramping from gripping the pliers! When I was removing the old fabric, I was careful to keep all the pieces in tact and remembered how it was attached in the first place. This is probably the most important step in reupholstering furniture. The old fabric serves as a template for the new fabric.
I was super lucky that the batting was in great shape and that I didn’t have to replace it. The only tutorial I could find online that showed how to reupholster a similar chair was at PoeticHome and just looking at the photos for replacing the stuffing made me want to vomit!
I had considered painting the wood a bright fun color like Jenny did over at Little Green Notebook, but I decided to go with my gut and stain it instead.
Stripping the old paint took a few days… those little grooves are no fun to get paint out of! I stained the wood and finished with a coat of polyurethane.