Unfortunately, all of that sitting created a tear in the vinyl that covered Jay’s seat. He asked if I could fix it and I said yes. Now, I’ve never reupholstered or recovered anything in my life, but there’s a first time for everything.
So far… so good.
It looked like they had found all of the scrap pieces of wood in the factory, glued them together and then cut a circle out of it.
I continued to remove more staples…
… and I also changed where I was working. I had started out on my dining room table, but I was making quite a mess. The wood was flaking apart as I was removing the staples. So I decided that it would be better to make a mess on Jay’s workbench. After all, he wouldn’t notice. Also, his workbench is much closer to his tools!
This reminded me of a giant sugar cookie… Mmmm…
If you have a Hobby Lobby near you I highly recommend that you stalk the clearance area where they put their remnant fabric at reduced prices. Especially when you don’t really need a whole lot of material, like when you’re only covering two bistro chair seats.
I found this lovely brown vinyl at a really good price.
After unrolling the new vinyl and spreading it out, I laid the old piece of vinyl on top to act as a pattern of sorts. When I did this you could REALLY tell just how cheap the old vinyl had been. This new stuff should really be able to handle a lot of sitting!
I tried to place the seat in the middle and made sure that my new piece of vinyl would overlap all of the edges.
I kid you not… I must have spent fifteen MINUTES looking for staples! I found all kinds that didn’t fit the particular staple gun that I had found. I couldn’t find the other gun, either. I finally ran into some staples that worked, though.
I also used a hammer to go back and make sure that all of the staples were down nice and flush with the wood. Hopefully I never have to remove them!
Actually, I really was surprised at just how well it came out considering this was the first time I had ever attempted to recover a seat.
It looks nice, doesn’t it?
Don’t forget to screw the seat back onto the frame! And make sure that you have the screw gun turning in the correct direction. Otherwise you will spend a few minutes cursing at it and wondering why the screws won’t bite.
Not that I would have any personal experience with that…. *whistles*
Give it a try! You never know what you might learn.