Upholstery Demo – two chair make-overs

oak chair photos

A finished chair seat and progress on an office chair make-over were the result of  last Friday’s upholstery demonstration during Livingston’s downtown Art Walk.

swivel chair seat with dilapidated foam to be replaced

The office chair seat in the process of stripping – only the old foam remains

woman fitting foam over chair seat

Dani prepares to mark and cut a piece of latex foam for the office chair seat

upholstery students, teacher and spectators

Nearing the end – the office chair has new foam glued on & Dani pins fabric to the chair back to see how the pattern looks

Kyra worked on her own vintage oak chair, replacing the old cracked and dry leather seat covering with a luminous blue silk. We used a thicker padding for added comfort.

upholstery demo - using the staple remover

Kyra uses a handy upholstery tool to remove staples from her chair seat covering

upholstery demo - detail view of staple remover tool in action

The staple-remover in action

people at work on their upholstery projects

Kyra staples her silk chair cover while Carla helps Dani with the office chair

oak chair photos

Kyra’s chair – before & after

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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