02 May 2014

Reupholstering a Chair With Drop Cloth Fabric

This post was originally done in January of 2012, and I'm reporting back to say that it looks as great today as it did when I first recovered it. I wasn't sure how long my drop cloth fabric would hold up, but I can confidently report that it's doing great.

If you're considering a first-time upholstery project, using a drop cloth as your fabric might just be the perfect choice. It's neutral color ensures your piece will blend into any room, and its inexpensive cost takes the worry out of making a mistake. As far as durability goes, I can wholeheartedly vouch for that, as well. Mine has been going strong for two years now.

Here's how I did it back in 2012:




I successfully made it through my first chair recover. Me, someone who doesn't sew. I made it through the strip down, & I made it through the reupholster. I was able to take on the task & carry it through to the end. 

I say this to prove the point that if I can do this project, anyone can do this project.

 recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

Okay, I'll admit it.  It's not completely done - I still have the trim to add.  But I was too excited to wait because finding the trim will be a few days from now.

Here is what the chair looked like when I brought it home (minus the cat).

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

The frame is beautiful. But the fabric, not so much. So I decided to try my hand and reupholstering. I began by removing the upholstery & a multitude of staples from the frame.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

I made sure to keep the fabric intact as I removed it so that I could use it as a template for the new fabric.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

This chair has an upholstered back to it, using two layers of fabric with cotton + poly sandwiched in between. I was a little hesitant about that at first, but it turned out to not be an issue.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com
 recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

Once I had all the fabric removed, I cut out my new pattern using the old fabric as my stencil.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

Then stapled it to the chair frame using a staple gun. I tried to follow the pattern of staples the previous upholsterer used, just to make sure I didn't under-staple.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

Tucking fabric around corners wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought. I just focused on keeping it neat + tidy. The main thing to remember in this step is to keep your technique consistent on each corner. It would have look odd to have one fold going in one direction and the next fold in another.

The final task was to snip away any excess fabric so that all the edges will be disguised by the trim.

recovering a bergere via homeologymodernvintage.com

And here's the completed project - with the exception of the gimp, which I'll simply glue on with a hot glue gun.

Not too shabby for a first timer, if I say so myself! Did you happen to notice that I used a drop cloth to cover my chair? I wanted to go with an inexpensive fabric this first time around so I wouldn't feel guilty if I made a mistake. But I absolutely love the look and feel of natural cotton fabrics, so my ultimate choice would have been very similar had I been purchasing from a fabric store. 

Drop cloths rock.

Update: I have to confess that today this chair is still sans its trim. I know, I'm embarassed by my lack of motivation. But considering the fabric has held up for two years, I think now it's finally time to commit.

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6 comments :

  1. i have two very similar chairs, and also bought a drop cloth this week to do the
    very same thing. Seeing yours makes me know I did the correct thing in buying
    the drop cloth. Great job, and love how the chair looks....

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  2. Great minds! I'm very happy with mine. I hope you get the same success.

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  3. I'm also doing one right now, and it's a great, forgiving, durable, easy fabric to work with. Yours came out great!

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  4. Thanks! I'm kinda having a thing with drop cloths right now. I'm even using one for my bedspread + love it!

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  5. I love this--the "can-do" attitude, the frugal and practical fabric choice, and the way it turned out! I wasn't reading two years ago so I'm glad you re-visited!

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  6. Steph @ Crafting in the RainMay 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I'm impressed!!

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