The day is finally here when I can show off my Louis chair makeover. I know I say “this is my favorite project” all the time but this chair is so giving me life right now. First, I’m in love with the fabric. Yay for cherry blossoms and the colors pink and purple. Before we get deep into this post let me just say that it is a long post with a lot of pictures. Now, let’s take a moment and let the awesomeness of this chair soak in.
As for the reupholstering process, this chair would probably be at an intermediate level of difficulty. But that is only because it had been previously recovered and had about a thousand staples in it (the person before me didn’t remove them). My fingers get sore just thinking about (You can read about how I stripped the chair here). The priming and painting was the easiest to do. I really love how the white paint turned out.
The whole process took about 15- 20 hours total but this time was spread out over a couple of weeks. Plus I was working really slow because I was sick 🙁 . You could honestly complete one of these chairs in a weekend if you’re focused and have the right tools. And speaking of tools, these are the tools and supplies I needed for this projects:
staple gun | staples | jute webbing | webbing stretcher | scissors | razors | magnetic hammer | regulator | edge roll | cotton batting | dacron | pliers | staple remover | fabric thread | welt cording | sewing machine with welt cord foot attachment | high-heat glue gun & glue
I already had most of this stuff so the majority of the money was spend on fabric (around $80).
Tips On Reupholstering A Louis Chair
- Take your time. Do not rush or cut corners. If you do, it will show.
- Sub-staple your fabric first to ensure everything looks good.
- Measure 3 times, cut once. Let’s just say I had an oh sh*t moment that could have been avoided. Lucky for me it was just welt cording and an easy fix.
- Use Youtube as a resource, Kim’s Upholstery channel has lots of information.
- A firm hand will ensure a pucker free application of your fabric.
- Wear gloves when striping your chair. Your hands will thank you. My hands hated me because I hate working in gloves.
- Have fun! If you don’t like this type of work then pay somebody to do it for you. Crafting & making should be enjoyable.
How this chair helped me heal
I lived with my grandmother for about 5 years before she passed so we were really close. As her side hustle, she re-upholstered furniture. Our house was always filled with the sounds of air compressors, hammering, and the buzz of her sewing machine. Sometimes I would help her. But for the most part I glued to the phone talking to my with my friends.
This project brought back all those sweet memories. Hour after hour, I used her old tools to recover this chair. I sat at her sewing machine and dug through her workbox (fyi: grand was not organized lol). Each time I worked on this chair, I felt like it brought me closer to her. I could remember her face a little better, the way she would doddle when idle, even the way she would spit tacks (grand was a total badass).
This project is an example of why I love doing what I do. I believe expressing our creativity can bring growth and fulfillment. That’s why I believe in my Crafting Life guidance course and the mission of Becoming Fab to promote personal development through crafting.