Wing Chair Reupholstery Update

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  September 27, 2011 — 9 Comments

I spent the majority of this weekend toiling away at reupholstering my wing chairs. They’re still not done, but the end is now in sight. Here’s where we stand:

Looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. The cushion cover on the chair on the left is about 75% done. It still doesn’t have a bottom or a zipper on the back.

And both chairs are still missing the little pieces that hide the mess at the front of the arms. The covers require piping, and all my piping efforts have thus far been devoted to the cushion covers.

Speaking of piping, I taught myself how to make it and to attach it to fabric. Here’s the bottom piece of that half-finished cushion cover.

I had a lot of trouble attaching the back piece on chair #1, and a few weeks later it’s falling apart. Looks like I’m going to have to re-strategize. I’m thinking of cutting a piece of cardboard to match the curve of the chair, gluing the fabric over it, then stapling it to the chair from underneath.

I left the back of chair #2 open for now until I’m sure about my cardboard plan.

Both chairs still need to have their bottoms covered up, which is the very last step after every other piece that wraps under the chair has been stapled. I’ll just use some scrap muslin for this after I’ve got the back situation sorted out.

Looking at the chairs now compared to how they were before inspires me so much to keep going. I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Wow, I really haven’t rearranged my shelf much in the last three and a half months since this photo was taken. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, I always say. Those mauve velvet chairs, on the other hand, were definitely in need of some TLC and I’m sooo happy to finally be seeing a change. I don’t usually do well with large projects that can’t be completed in a day or two, so I’m kind of impressed with myself for coming back to these babies weekend after weekend and little by little getting it done. The only major hurdle left: teaching myself to sew a zipper. I’m shaking in my skinny jeans just thinking about it.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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9 responses to Wing Chair Reupholstery Update

  1. Janet (Country Mouse} September 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    What a lot of work you have put in this project! The chairs look great.

  2. The end is definitely in sight! They have really taken shape and are looking very good, this certainly has been no easy task!!!

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