Reupholstering wood chairs such as a shield back, Queen Anne, Chippendale or Bentwood (to name a few) is a terrific way to revitalize a tired look with new fabric. A big fabric store will sell specific types of material for underlayers in upholstery, but I found it to cost more per yard than actual upholstery fabric laying on the remnant table. When I got to the inner part of the armrests, I folded the fabric so it would have a clean line, then pulled and tucked it through the bottom to the outside. The scene in mah head: Muffintop skipping through a meadow full of flowers….LOLOLOLing all the way until she plunks down in her pillowy soft, clean, newly upholstered in chic fabric, French Country chair whilst cradling an adult beverage and smut magazine….ahh.
If you like the shape and feel of the chairs go for it. I have 2 unique (at least now) 3/4 queen anne chairs. I truly cannot remember the name of the fabric so your best bet would be to browse their website I hope your living room turns out beautiful, I mean how can it fail when you have purple accents! Oh my gosh – I discovered this fabric today and thought it would be perfect for a wingback chair I need to reupholster.
This is not entirely for decorative purposes, as this design can help keep heat contained within the chair. I probably spent more time making my fabric cuts so they would actually be square. Sometimes the size and frame of a piece of furniture is just right for your space but you may want to change the color of the fabric or feel of the space. A beautiful wing back / fireside chair in a beautiful soft crushed velvet fabric.
Many Queen Anne pieces are similar to the early Chippendale models from the next big style to come along, so both styles are frequently identified with one another. I have completed 3 different chairs and an ottoman over the past few years and have a striped down, refinished Duncan Phyfe sofa I would like to reupholster from scratch. These will be paired with a set we upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils textile in our client’s dining room!
I didn’t have to replace any of the padding for my chair (thankfully), but I did a little looking online and found this great reference from the Danny Lipford site -guide-to-furniture-stuffing-upholstery-foam-batting-and-animal-hair/ My wingback chair was mostly thick batting on pieces that I would touch while sitting in the chair, thinner batting around the back, and a foam chair seat covered in batting.
Once we got the shape right, I put the sanding tool on the Dremel and used that to make the board fit perfectly in the chair. Anyway, I got as far as investigating the original construction of the piece and had most of the fabric torn off… then I lost that momentum and was too close to the due date to continue… baby came, no time to finish… that project ended. Over time, leather can become very scratched and many people don’t realise it can be reupholstered, either in fabric or in leather.
For the main part of the back, you can pull the fabric through between the back and the wings and staple it to the back. I gave the wood trim a wipe down and two quick coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White (I had some left over from my dining room table and chairs ). I contemplated silver trim, but decided against it-maybe on the next chair! The link Upholstery Techniques: Upholster a Chair in the References section has a sample pattern as well.
I have been helping my MOM remodel walls & carpeting and wanted to help her save some $$ buy re-doing the furniture with new fabric… that favorite old chair and that big old brown sturdy couch that’s a sleeper and she can’t part with…. I’ll start with the two rockers & foot stools and then try the couch if successful! Once you have your front facing piece cut and stapled, you need to cover the inside of the arm chair.
It’s an assembly of rosewood, and the style indicators are a mix of the Eastlake, and Renaissance revival (two of so many Queen Anne fads). After I read a few blogs on the how tos for reupholstering to figure out how much fabric I needed not a whole lot of help because every chair was different! And I’m not going to go into great detail on the ottoman, because once you reupholster the chair, the ottoman is a piece of cake. Before & after — A set of eight mid-century dining chairs we sourced and sold to a client.
I mixed a 1:1:1 solution of paint, fabric medium, and water and used that for the first coat, since that was what the other ladies recommended. Again, there is a traditional natural fiber twine sold at fabric stores (which I used), but it costs a bit more than just getting a spool of strong nylon line from a hardware store. As you’re taking the fabric off, start with the fabric on the back, then the outside sides.
Fortunatly the foam was in good shape and I happen to have some batting left from another project and I decided to not use the cording to give the chair a more contempoary feel. The original fabric was left on the inside surfaces and the back had batting added on top during its previous make-over. Under the piping you should find the staples that remove the top part of the backrest (the part of the chair your back is against while sitting in it). I took it home and decided to reupholster it. My free chair cost me almost $150.
The tapestry was beautiful, cost $14.00 a yard and will undoubtedly last many years, but as far as I’m concerned, the birds can have it. Apart from the expense, the luxury textile thickness and stiffness made it so difficult to work with that the value of increased wearability was negated. Up for sale we have this lovely queen anne wing back chair, made and authentically branded by thomasville furniture. This chair has lots of potential to be stunning but needs work and would make a great reupholstery project.
Next, label each piece of old fabric with a marker, making notes of the original fabric placement. Remember to pull only as hard as you need to get the stretch out of the fabric. Be mindful though if you’re buying a fabric with a repeating pattern that you’re going to have to match up though- that may require buying more fabric so you can waste some for the pattern.
Had a chair that looked a lot like the one you have and HATED the hunter green filthy dirty upholstery. I tried to finish it before Christmas when I discovered how to make double welt cord , but then my last needle broke and the chair was returned to the garage. But hey, for only a coat of paint, some elbow grease, an inexpensive chair with only $60 worth of fabric, I have this fun-can-never-be-moved-from-the-corner-chair!
Watch some of the basic techniques our expert upholsterers use to reupholster a Queen Anne Fireside Chair. Make work a bit more fun by turning a boring old desk chair into something stylish with this tutorial on reupholstering. Who are still with me and wanna know how you can DIY upholster a Frenchy chair in 52 easy, totally wrong, and barbaric steps, buckle up! Item: Remarkable Pair of Vintage 18th Century Queen Anne Style Wingb ack Armc hairs by Southwood of Hickory, NC. In fact, upholstering a chair for this room has been on my to do” list for months.
Another great tip is to photograph the chair as you take it apart so that you can see how it was originally put together, and you can reference your photos while you work on it. Also, save the original fabric that was on the piece — you can use it as a pattern for your new material. Real marble will cost you a pretty penny, but marbled contact paper will give you a snazzy look for cheap. I recruited husbs to help take the fabric off of the arm chairs, remove the cane from the cane backs, and to help me reupholster everything in dropcloth. For the Queen Anne I simply stapled the entire cushion down to the chair itself.
I’m assuming that a wing back chair would need a bit more depending on the height of the back, so maybe add another bottle or two. Once the tufting is done, it’s just like the rest of the chair parts…stuff the edges of the fabric through the cracks, and staple it to the frame. Once the four directions are stapled, add more staples around the perimeter, pulling the fabric firmly each time. The simple answer is to get your seat fabric on as tight as possible both horizontally and vertically.
We reupholstered the seats in Timorous Beasties’s stunner Omni Splatt on the chair backs with Duralee’s Tomato Velvet. A. There are a few tricks that you can do to make reupholstering a chair easier if you want to try it yourself. Good To Know: The more hardware, paneling, drawers and further details, the more your piece will cost to refinish. TL FURNITURE CHIC COUTURE ARMCHAIRS ArtE190 Queen Anne Shaped back and wing detailed armchair sofa and bed. Size the fabric by placing the old fabric on the new and using the old as a template.
I labored over what color to upholster it and at first I felt a pull towards a browny-lineny color, then I began to realize how tired I was of brown. This is the biggest tip for covering chair seats: it’s all about the corners- making them less bulky, pulling them tight, and creating clean corner folds. Together they are a couple, the strong manly chair with its straight lines and no extra fluff, and the feminine chair with her curves and softness.