Here's what you need to get started:
*Fabric to recover with (Fantastic chart for how much fabric you'll need HERE from All Things Thrifty)
*A screwdriver with the thinnest edge you can find (you will be using this to pry out the millions of staples)
*Gloves (I went rebel and didn't wear any, but my hands almost revolted on me)
*A sheet or blanket to lay on the ground (you'd be surprised at the amount of dirt & stuffing dust, seriously)
*A sewing machine (although you'll probably only need this for sewing piping and the cushion)
*Stapler (electric preferably, and also one that actually works--trust me, it's worth it)
*A container to hold removed staples
Upholstered chairs are built like an onion. One piece at a time. I was surprised when I heard there was very little sewing involved. It's true, except for the cushion and the piping.
**After each piece is taken off, label it with its location and number. The pieces go on in the same order they came off, and while this step seems lame, it's actually really important to keep them organized**
Here's what I started with:
This is the most tedious and heartbreaking part of the process. Don't get discouraged. It doesn't look like you've done much, but the staples on the bottom and back took me the longest.
|I stole this picture from The Creative Maven who has a great tutorial (that I referred to) on recovering a wingback chair HERE|
Note: The sharp teeth strips will need to be removed to get to the under layers of the fabric (and piping). Keep in mind the order they are layered on. And when you remove the sharp teeth, try to keep in mind that you can reuse them, so try to keep them intact. Label and put aside.
If you haven't already, remove the backrest and also the piece under the cushion over the seat.
Pull out the cord from the old piping and sew new piping the same length. Best tutorial for sewing piping.
If any of the pieces are sewn, do this now.
Start with the last piece you took off. Presumably the piece under the cushion. Staple one side and then pull the other sides tight. Tight enough to keep the fabric taut, but not so tight the fabric will rip.
Then the piping on the outside sides.
Then attach the back piece. Start with the fabric at the top held in with the metal teeth. Then work about the tack board sides. This piece was the hardest for me. It takes a bit of time to get everything tight, but you're in the home stretch! Then flip the chair over and put on the bottom trim and that lovely black mesh piece and you're done!