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#1 of 3 Old 07-14-2006, 11:29 PM - Thread Starter
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Someone mentioned recovering a chair on another thread. Please tell me more!!! Everything I've seen on the Internet is for "serious" furniture repair. I don't have the skills for that but I can use a staple gun.

I have two wing chairs that my cats have scratched badly. They were cheap chairs to begin with but I don't really want to just toss them out. If I could recover them easily and have the end product look decent I'd be so happy!

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Dh has two chairs that he WILL NOT part with that used to belong to his grandparents...the problem is one is a very obnoxious pink, the other a really ugly olive green. I just want my furniture to match
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Maybe you could follow the directions that you find online but just put new fabric on top w/o striping off the old, replacing padding, and retying the springs. Other than complicated shapes (which is the catagory wing chairs fall into), it is very similar to stretching a canvas on a frame if you have ever taken a painting class. Center the pattern of the fabric on the chair, staple a few staples in the middle of each side, pulling it taut as you go, and work your way to the corners on all sides simultaneously (don't start at one side and just work your way around, kwim?).

If your staples are someplace that shows, you can cover them with that flat decorative trim and nail upholstery tacks on top. You can also fold the fabric under and handsew with a simple running stitch if you need to attach fabric where there is no wood to staple into.

The easiest chairs to reupholster are ones that just have a fabric covered seat (like dining room chairs). Usually the seat unscrews and comes completely off. Then you staple new fabric on and screw it back on.

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