Sunday Project Bank Holiday Double Bill with Kate Gale- “Revive an Old Chair Part 2”

Day 2 of ‘How to Revive a chair’

You will need:

Your piece of furniture
Magnetic hammer
1.5 mm tacks
Staples and gun
Webbing stretcher
Cotton wadding
Glue gun (optional)
Studs/Gimp trim

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Step 1.  Measure the centre line of your chair.  Starting from the centre back, stretch your webbing over the front of the chair using your stretcher, tack your webbing down using your hammer (this will be the underside of your webbing), cut 1 inch back from tacks and cut, now fold over and re tack.  For larger chairs than shown in this picture, make your webbing 4 x 4 or more if necessary.


Step 2.  Cut your hessian so it will fit like pictured and with enough space for a 2 cm over lap.  I’m using a staple gun to attach the hessian due to all the holes in the chair from its original cane seat, tacks can be used and will provide more strength to larger chairs or ones that will have a lot of wear.


Step 3 & 4.  Put your coir filling into the middle of the chair and regulate so you have an even spreading.
Cut your cotton wadding to fit over the coir, this is to prevent the hair coming through the fabric on the chair.


Step 5.  Cut calico AND your chosen fabric as you did hessian, so that you have a good 2cm overlap.  For the application of the calico follow the same instructions as in step 2 except this time you are making a ‘seal’ over the hessian, coir & cotton wadding.  Again I’m stapling due to size of chair and holes.


Step 6. cut Dacron to fit over calico. This will prevent your fabric from moving.

Step 7.  Fold fabric and iron an inward pleat under the fabric to all the edges so the fabric fits perfectly over the Dacron and seals everything ‘in’ so all you see is the top layer of fabric and the wood of the chair – nothing else should be poking out!!

Now starting from the back neatly staple in a horizontal line that is parallel to the edge of the chair to secure your fabric down.  Do exactly the same to the front and then the sides.  You shouldn’t need to make folds if you have not over stuffed your chair and your fabric has been cut to the correct size.  However if you do, don’t give up!  Just make equal folds on the corners and secure down.

Step 8.  Apply your gimp braid with a glue gun and or tacks of matching colour OR use a line of studs or individual studs depending on what finish you want.

Step 9.  Cut a piece of hessian or calico (or any fabric that you want really!!) and attach neatly with staples to the underside of the chair, (folds inwards so you can’t see them) to cover up the webbing underneath the chair.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and relax, take a seat and pat yourself on the back!










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I’m a lover of all things home. I’m drawn to Scandi-esque design and 50’s furniture is my penchant.  My business Revival Furniture varies from customer furniture commissions, Interior decorating and styling,
selling my own painted and re-upholstered furniture, running regular workshops in the gorgeous locations of Cawsand, Cornwall and Noss Mayo in Devon, teaching people the art of Furniture Painting & decoupage.
My love of the Sea and countryside is reflected in my use of colour & fabrics and when I’m not working it’s where I usually am with my family.

If you’d like to learn more in a creative and fun atmosphere, you should come along to one of our workshops.

We run Furniture painting courses in Maker near Cawsand, Noss Mayo in South Devon & Tavistock, Devon.  We also have  weekend upholstery courses running in July and August in collaboration with Millbrook Upholstry.  For more information please contact us.

We offer arts retreat weekends, you can stay in the beautiful yurts and bell tents at Maker Camp on the Rame peninsula, whilst practising yoga, furniture painting, pottery, foraging, felt making, book binding.
These are perfect for groups of friends, hen parties, work events.
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