We are finally here…get your staple guns out and let’s start upholstering!! I know it’s hard to believe that it takes four parts to get to the point when you can actually upholster, but that’s often how DIY projects are – you have to do several steps to get to the fun part (or at least the part when it starts looking like an improvement and not an epic fail.)
This episode is the longest, because I wanted to show each step in detail, especially the tricky places. I know it also helps visual learners to actually see what I’m doing as opposed to just hearing me describe it. I also wanted to do a bit of hand-holding for people who are brand new to upholstery.
I talk about the staple gun I use in the video, but I thought I would link to it here as well. It’s a Porter Cable Pneumatic Upholstery staple gun. It’s key that it’s pneumatic (powered with air) AND that it’s a staple gun meant for upholstery. Trust me, I have tried the manual and electric ones and they just don’t work for this kind of project. Don’t torture yourself by using the wrong tools.
I’m using 3/8″ 22 gauge staples, but make sure you check what size your staple gun accepts.
As a sign that this tutorial was successful, Kriste (a first-time upholsterer) felt comfortable enough to work on the second chair on her own and she’s doing a fantastic job with it. I’m planning to sell these, so they have to be good and so far, it’s perfect. (No pressure, Kriste!)
She actually told me not to touch “her chair”, so she can finish it.
And, we’re far enough along that I thought I would share how the finished chair turned out…
I love how it looks from the back. That fabric adds the perfect pop.
…and it’s nice and neutral from the front. (Kriste compared it to a mullet. Business in the front, party in the back. Nice.)
In the final episode, I’ll show how to attach the gimp trim that hides the staples and then this furniture makeover series is in the books.
You can find part 6 HERE.
I’ve been meaning to update my slipcover series, so that’s on the t-do list, but what else would you like me to teach through a video tutorial?