I hit up my favorite honey hole the other day and walked away with this beauty in tow. It was naturally distressed ...kids can do that. The chair back was covered in sticker residue (I know this because I'm a mom of 3 little girls who think stickers solve all problems and they compete with rainbows for happiness). They must have had industrial grade adhesive because I burnt out 2 (TWO!) 60 grit sanding discs.
*This is a good point to remember. Sanding creates friction which will heat up an old sticky spot and create s a mess all over again. The best thing to do when this happens is sand another area and let that spot cool. Hit it with the sander off and on so the spot stays relatively cool allowing the gunk to sand off.
Trace the seat with tracing paper. This paper wasn't quite wide enough so I had to tape some extra pieces to the side. My tracing line is about 1/4 inch inside the outer edge of the seat.
It's not glamorous but it works!
Trace your tracing onto strong plywood at least 3/4" thick. Once the outline is on the board, cut it out with a jigsaw. Next, place the seat on the chair and trace the inside lines of the hole. This is where a kid comes in handy- let them crawl under the seat while you sit on it (you don't want it moving around) and have them trace the inside dimensions. You'll need this outline in step 4.
You need a staple gun and staples, scissors, muslin, and your top fabric. I am using 1.5" convoluted foam with the flat side up (it's what was on hand- I'm thrifty that way). If you are having difficulty cutting the foam with scissors, try an electric knife- yeah, what you use to carve up your turkey. It works brilliantly on thick foam. Hey, don't knock it till you've tried it!
Roll the foam over the edges and staple the foam to the board BETWEEN THE EDGE OF THE BOARD AND THE OUTLINE. If you staple pass the outline, the underside of the chair will look pretty junky with foam hanging out (You can staple over the line if you plan on using a dust cover but that is a different tutorial for another day and another chair). Continue around the whole seat cutting off the excess as you go.
My Camera died.
If you suffer from OCD (obsessive Crafting Disorder) like I do, a dead camera won't stop you.
So here goes... Staple the Muslin over of the foam using the same board outline. Side note: I use the muslin first so I can pull and smooth as I go. If you do this with your final fabric, the threads might pull and distort the print.
- Staple one side THEN STAPLE THE OPPOSITE SIDE, pulling it tight as you go. This will avoid any weird clumping at the last corner.
- Do the 3rd side and then the opposite (and last) side, pulling and stapling.
- By now, it should start to look like a seat. Give it a good look- Did you pull the fabric too tight somewhere? Is there too much material gathered in the corners? Now is the time to fix it- after all, you were smart and used muslin first. :)
- Now it is time to attach the outer fabric. Use the same board lines and same method as the muslin but only pulling only gently this time around.
- Trim up all the fabric ensuring that nothing is outside the line you drew back in step 2
I know, I know- but this step is simple.
Place the seat on the chair and screw it on from underneath.
Please don't nail it.
That's just silly.
Take a Picture the Next Day
...or whenever your camera is charged again...