The project I have just finished working on is a good place to start if you want to have a go at upholstery yourself so I thought I'd share some pictures and a step by step of how this is achieved. Of course if you don't want to do the work yourself I can always do it for you!
These pine chairs with vinyl seats were made in the eighties and my customer had aquired them when she moved into her new house. She wanted to give these a facelift to fit into her new home.
My customer chose this timeless William Morris Golden Lily fabric with an eggshell paint in the pale French grey colour in the design.
I sent the fabric off to have a fire retardant back coating applied. This is a requirement for all fabrics that are used on fixed upholstery. The French grey eggshell paint was colour matched by dulux. This is a really useful way to get an exact match to give your finished piece a really cohesive look.
First of all I popped out the drop in seats.
Then I gave the frame a light sand using a mouse sander (you could just use sand paper)
Then I gave the chair a wipe over to get rid of the dust and painted it with a primer.
After allowing the primer to dry I applied the first coat of eggshell paint. Left that to dry then a light sand over any drips and the second coat of eggshell paint.
At this point I couldn't wait to see the finished result so looked at the fabric with the chair and was really pleased with the colour.
Next I removed the old fabric and foam from the seat. This is done by removing the staples using a mallet and staple lifter tool.
Any broken staples can be removed with pliers and any little spiky bits left over should be hammered down.
Next draw around the ply seat base with a marker pen onto 1" foam
Cut on the inside of the pen line. The best thing to use is an electric bread knife but if you don't have one of these you can cut this out with scissors with thin foam.
Staple jute tarpaulin to the top of the ply seat. This will give you a secure base to pin into at the next stage.
Using spray glue fix the foam to the ply base
Cut a generous piece of upholstery grade calico. This has a fire resistant backing and skewer into place over the foam and into the jute tarpaulin. Start at the middle of each side and work out to the corners. You will need to work over the piece a few times to get the calico nice and taught and to give an even shape.
Staple into place under the seat and trim off the excess calico.
Cut upholstery polyester wadding to size and glue on top with spray glue
Measure the seat for the top fabric
Cut fabric to size and pin in place working over the seat a couple of times to get a taught even finish on the top fabric
Staple into place and cut off the excess
Pop the seat back into the chair frame and secure the seat. This chair had swivel toggles to hold it in place and hey presto...... Lovely new chair!! Good luck with you project!