A million years ago (okay really like 6) I scored the four chairs on the right from a yard sale trail (it’s where a whole country road will have yard sales and you have a map. It’s glorious) up by where my parents live for $5 a pop. The were originally brown wood with orange vinyl seats (which I don’t have photos of them in their before state because this was before blogs and iPhones existed. We’re talking dinosaur times) when I bought them and that weekend I turned them into these to match my first college apartment.
Then about 2 years ago my dad and I found the two Hepplewhite chairs on the left for $5 at a local junk shop here. And they are clearly in their original state. I mean look at that veggie fabric.
Now if you’re a long time reader, you may remember when I decided to paint all of them glossy white, dip their legs in gold, and then upholster them in super wild and random fabric that I never really loved. Okay we’re all up to speed.
Ever since the upholstery job of 2011, I had envisioning these chairs in a nice kelly green velvet. Do you know how hard it is to find perfectly kelly green velvet? Hunter green.. sure, Seafoam.. you betcha. But kelly green is the rare unicorn of fabrics. However, last year I went to High Fashion Home (fabrics) in Houston and I hit the velvet mother load. It wasn’t cheap though. If I do recall this stuff was about $25/yard, and I bought 3 yards knowing that I could get two cushions out of each one.
I removed all of the staples from the existing fabric on each seat like so.
For the two Hepplewhite chairs I needed to add a little more fluff to the cushion (it was like sitting on a board) so I wrapped some batting around the existing batting and stapled it on three sides leaving one side open for stuffing.
Then I used my old fabric as templates to cut out the perfect sizes for my new fabric.
When upholstering a seat cushion I always work on opposite sides. I start by stapling one side (leaving 2″ from the corner un-stapled), then I staple the opposite side. Top, bottom, left, then right (leaving the corners untouched).
When I have square corners like I did for these seat cushions, I take the corner of the fabric and stretch it over the corner of the seat and staple it in place.
Then I take one of the remaining flaps and staple it straight up following the rest of the fabric on that side.
And I do the same for the last flap. This method always creates a perfectly smooth corner without any bunching or wrinkles.
Obviously Geoffrey approves. He loves anything I do (except when it involves a staple gun).
I just love how they look with my black and white striped drapery panels. I can’t wait to get a large rug in there to really tie the room together.