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Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room #6: Striping the old fabric and padding off

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 216 days ago 720 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: A little body stitching. Part 6 of Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room series Part 7: Preparing the seat. »

I left one chair fully upholstered and I stripped one to the bone a year ago. No it doesn’t take a year ;) I just stripped it and stashed it. That means I don’t have any current pictures to show you. I’ll need to come back to this post and flesh it out later.

In the meantime, I put together an incomplete blog series on home refurbers. Since we weren’t getting much readership over there, I got lazy and didn’t flesh it out like I plan on doing here. This is actually a benefit because I can switch back and forth and take pictures of what was and how I’m making it happen.

Stay tuned for more on these particular chairs.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 216 days ago

Mark,

Thanks for the break, I was getting a cramp in my cerebral cortex, nothing that a small dose of sawdust won’t rectify, but hey, I’m enjoying the blog. ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 212 days ago

Has the cerebral cortex unwound yet? I think the brain would understand it better while working on it. Do you have any of your progress photos to share? ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 202 days ago

Howdy,

Even though this blog won’t be current, I promised to come back and flesh this blog entry out. Here we go…

Get yourself a tool an upholstery supply store to help you lift the staple. There is NO substitute for a stripping tool. They are a little proud of these tools so expect to pay around $20.


Anyhow, you can take that tool and pry the staples up. I usually use a mallet to get the sharp edge under the staple then pry up immediately. After you pry up the staple, get a DULL and comfortable pair of wire cutters and pry the rest of the staple up. You’ll get in the flow.

Turn the chair upside down and start removing staples. You see those rusty staples? Um – this chair didn’t go swimming or anything like that. I found it on the curb. Get it? That means, I need to wipe down the wood underneath with bleach. For that reason – I’m going to say optional quite a bit. These upholstery supplies are expensive. If you are reupholstering your own furniture, you may be able to reuse your padding.

Alrighty then – I removed the grey fuzzy dust cover and revealed the bottom of the chair upholstery. Take ALL of those staple out.

Did it take a while? It usually does. You are about 20% done.

Now we need to work on the back of the chair.

I just grabbed that skirt with a pair of pliers and yanked it off.

The staples left behind were easy to pry out with those dull wire cutters.

In this next shot, I removed some staples so I could grab the corner of the outside back.

One quick yank later and Presto!

Warning: there is a nasty injury waiting for your right here. It called a tack strip with nails. This is the modern version of it. Carefully remove it and deposit in the trash.

Do the other side of the back. I had some cover-ups in my way. I popped them loose with a screwdriver.

It was destroyed in the process. I chucked it. Good thing too because you don’t want to step on it.

Now I can remove the staples holding that part of the outside back on.

Now I can see the top of the outside back. Give this part a good yank and it should come out with most of the staples.

Ok now I can clearly see where the side upholstery is usually covered by the outside back. Take all those staples out.

I can also see where the inside of the arm is attached to the chair, Take out those staples.

The section where the seat and back are attached is also hiding back here. Pull up those staples.

And of course the inside back is stapled up top (bottom cuz the chair is upside down). Get rid of those staples.

OPTIONAL: The inside back padding is usually attached here. Remove those staples.

Did that take long? Whew! Let’s say 50% done.

I’ve got to give my angelic daughter the PC for a while. I’ll finish up here later.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 199 days ago

Let’s work on the sides of the chair. I just sat it on the floor and started to work.
Part of the skirt was left behind so I just grabbed that hunk of cording and ripped it off. Most of the staples got partially pulled out of the wood so it was a quick job to pry them out with the dull wire cutters.

The outside arm is already look at the bottom.

I just popped the front cover-up off then removed the few staples holding the outside arm to the front of the arm.

I just grabbed the outside arm with the wire cutters and yanked it loose. I had a few loose staples leftover. The I loosened and removed the rest of those staples.

I pulled the fabric over the arm to expose the padding underneath.

Optional: Remove the staples holding the padding in place.
Optional: Remove the forming cardboard.

There are a few staples holding the seat to the outside arm. Remove those staples.

Remove the staples holding the inside back to the side of the chair.

Remove the staples holding the fabric to the front of the arm.

Remove the staples holding the inside arm and seat to the inside base.

Take a breath! you are 70% done!

Flip the chair over and start over on the other arm.

I ran into some foam deterioration on the second arm.
NOTE: The 2 arms have now changed. I went from optionally removing the arm padding to MUST remove the arm padding because of this little bit of foam dust.

That padding will no longer outlast the fabric you place on top of it. If you see this tell tale sign. Repad – even if you were the only owner. Any upholstery shop that will leave the old padding there is after the quick buck.

Finished with that side. 90% done and you are about to reap the rewards of your patience. Not only will you have a cleanly stripped piece of furniture, but you’re gonna enjoy the next part.

Put the chair on the work surface right side up – Finally… If you have any skirt left over – rip it off and remove any straggling staples.

Lift the front of the seat up.

Grab the padding and tear it off.
Optional: If you want to reuse that padding – you can. Just remove the staples carefully and save it to the side.

Sorry about following photos.
I grabbed the fabric on the inside arm.

One quick tug and it MOST of it came right off.

It looks like I didn’t do what I told you all to do because the fabric is still attached at the front of the arm. BAH!

I just yanked the fabric and padding off then cleaned up the remnants.

Ok – Grab a hold of that inside back material.

YANK and 2 seconds later——


Optional: Grab the inside back padding and yank.

You can remove the seat through the same method.

I also removed that piece of nasty padding.

You are DONE!!! Stripping that is.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 199 days ago

Bulky garbage….. I can fill my little dumpster after stripping one piece of furniture.

I’ve got a trick for you if you get bulk trash pick up.

I throw a piece of cording or a very long strip of waste fabric on the floor. Then I spread the biggest piece of discarded fabric I can find on top of that cord. After that – I stack large bulky piece of fabric and padding I can find on top of it.

And then. Well…. You get it.

A Burrito! Just set out for bulk pick up.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 198 days ago

Mark I gotta’ tell ya, nothing this erotic ever happened in any of my past workshops…

…take a pair of pliers, grab her skirt and rip it off…
...reach under her arm, grab that fabric and yank it, most of it should come off…

I gotta go have a cigarette, be back in a minute…

Work Safely and have Fun. Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 198 days ago

Lmao!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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