We are finally at our final installment of this video tutorial series on reupholstering a French style chair. It’s time to frame out those upholstered panels and cover the staples with some gimp trim.
In case you missed the first five parts, or need to reference them, here are the links…
I often get asked what the “trick” is to applying trim. Honestly, there is no trick. It’s just hot-glued on! Really. At first I thought I might be taking a short cut, but I’ve taken apart dozens and dozens of chairs and settees and almost all of them have been glued. One or two of them were just tacked into place, but I’ve seen enough gluing to be confident in saying it’s “the proper way” to do it.
In this video, I share some tips on gluing the trim in place and getting the ends to meet “seamlessly” for a professional look.
For my trim, I used French gimp trim in off white, but you can use any color or style of trim you want. For a chair like this, you need approximately 5 yards of trim. You can even make your own double-welting trim, which I’ll make a tutorial for one of these days.
I absolutely love how these chairs turned out.
The frames were painted in MMSMP Mora and finished in Antiquing Wax. They were upholstered in antique European hemp sheets and some home decorator fabric remnants for the back. (Sorry, I don’t know the name of the pattern.)
We still need to finish the seat on the second one, but this pair is for sale for $450/both (and I’ll include the extra remnant fabric for pillows, etc.) I believe they are made by Ethan Allen, but I’m not sure. They are super solid, though, and in great condition. Just send me an e-mail if you’re interested in more information or purchasing them! (email@example.com)