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« on: April 09, 2006 06:29:46 PM »

  I bought these about six years ago and just reupholstered them.  This is mohair I bought on ebay.  I absolutely gutted them, tied new springs, new foundation, everything.  I had to do quite a bit of fixing the frames as well, because they were junk.  Not anymore.  I let my kids write messages on the frames, for when I do them again, it will be like a time machine.


« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006 06:43:52 PM »

Wow... that looks really professional! I wish I could do that... big families wear couches quickly. Now, If you have any of those fabrics left over, you can make matching curtains and anything else you can think of.  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006 06:44:48 PM »

Wow pretty impressive.  Such patience

« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006 07:01:12 PM »

can you let us in on some of the process? reupholstery seems so daunting...
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006 07:06:36 PM »

Wow!  I'm quite impressed!  I'd love to know how you did it!  Just reupholstering a chair that doesn't have a removable cushion seens daunting to me right now...

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006 08:35:04 PM »

The truth is, my family owned an upholstery shop for many years.  I do not upholster furniture for people anymore for two reasons: 1.  I hate them.  2.  I'm a social retard.  I did however teach upholstery for three years.  In that time, I had students who did really, really well, and some who cried.  the best advice I can give anyone who wants to do this is be ready to work hard.  Sweating hard.  And this- The first thing you take off is the last thing you put on.  Mark your pieces, take pictures and buy extra fabric.  Do your inside pieces first, then outside, and finally your outside back.  Don't make cushions until your inside is completely upholstered or they may not fit.  Start with cheap thrift store stuff, and as your confidence builds, do more.  It is very rewarding,  and even though I rarely do projects for people anymore, I always have a project going for myself, because I love to do it so much.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2006 10:04:57 AM »

Those are gooooooooooooooooorgeous.   
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2006 01:04:50 PM »

Sorry you have to suffer all of our upholstery questions, but I've always wanted to learn to do this.  I've flipped through instructional books, but I'm more of a visual learner.  You said you taught for three years.  Was it in your family store or at a school somewhere?  I just don't know where to look for an instructor.  Also, do you have to have some sort of insider connections to buy quality fabrics?  Just poke around ebay?  By "quality" I mean "not from JoAnn's upholstery section" Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2006 05:36:48 PM »

Hello gals, thanks for all the compliments.  tiegh,  I taught at JoAnn's until they discontinued this class in my area.  It would be worth checking out your JoAnn's, but I think this decision came down from the top.  The upholstery class they offer now is limited to footstools and kitchen chairs.  I said "No Thanks" to that.  The class I taught allowed people to bring in any chair they wanted to tackle.  You do need an insider connection to buy fabric, most is to the trade only.  You usually need a couple of trade references to get an account, depending on where you go.  However, I do have accounts at these places, and I still find the best deals on ebay.  Also, it's worth noting that JoAnn's has a pretty good selection, and when it's 50% off, that's as good a deal as any insider gets.
  In am a firm believer that you can teach yourself how to do this.  Old thrift-store stuff is the way to go.  If you start a project and need help, I'm more than willing to offer advice.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2006 04:50:16 PM »

Wow! I think the only thing I reupholstered was back in my 20s, before I learned that it was supposed to be impossible to do without a cheat sheet. I took apart a chair just as you describe, removed all the stuffing, tightened the springs, put back stuffing and added a bit here and there to change the shape a tad. Then I sewed a covered and wrestled it on, tacking things down with uphosltery tacks wherever possible. It was back in my purple phase, where everything wooden became antiqued purple, and everything else got covered with fake fur. The chair lived for yeaars after I left home, until it got dropped. The frame cracked, and a very heavy person sat it in before it could be mended. Sigh.

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