Monday, April 9, 2012

Twin Arm Chairs

I found these matching arm chairs at my favorite Junk shop a few months ago, thinking that will be a pretty easy upholstery job.  Well, I wouldn't say it was easy.  I think the hardest part was taking the 7,465 TACKS out!!! I am telling you, that is how many tacks that were in those suckers chairs....well, at least it seemed like there were that many.  The worst part was the "decorative" leather capped tacks on the outside.  While trying to lift the tack out, the cap would pop off and reveal this EVIL little two pronged tack, that the tack puller had nothing to hold onto to pull it out!  So I had to enlist the help of some needle nose pliers to pull out!  Whew!!!  I will think again before I pick another project like that!  The good thing was that the leather was so rotten that if I couldn't get the tacks out I could rip that leather off the tacks!  The Upholstery job was easy compared to  ripping the old stuff off.

Here  they are before:

The chairs the day I bought them.  That little shelf is another project

The first chair after it was stripped down.  I had tacks all over that floor!  My biggest fan says "You take your life in your own hands if you walk into that garage without shoes!".  It's always like that though, if it's not tacks it's glass shards!  Sorry honey!

the bottom of my shoes after taking the tacks out!

I was sure to take some pictures during the "de-tacking" so I could remember how to put it all back together!

I decided to paint the arms and legs black, as I had this awesome fabric that I scored at my friends auction house, Indiana Realty and Auction in Tell City, IN. BTW you can get some wonderful deals there!!! I love this Black Squiggly fabric. I also learned to use a new tool during this project!!!!  My biggest fan let me use his air compressor and that nifty little tack gun thingy to put them all back together, now that was the berries!

My friends cat decided to wonder in during the picture taking!

I used some wide gimp to cover the tacks on the back of the chair.  Originally there were decorative tacks, but I wanted to dress them up a bit more.

I wish I had a place for them in my house, but they will be for sale!!  These pictures were taken at my friend Susan's house in front on ONE of her beautiful fireplaces.

So what do you think?  Was it worth all the trouble with the tacks?  I guess it was, but it might be awhile before I pick another project like this!

Partying at:

Sumo's Sweet Stuff
/ Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Gorgeous! And you survived! These look amazing Kathy, definitely worth all the work and pain!

  2. I am impressed with the chairs. I am you newest follower. Thanks for the inpiration.


  3. Thanks Lindsey and Susan! I think they turned out nice too!

  4. These are beautiful...I have a couple of these chair, but not the courage to reupholster them...Might have to put them on list to do...Blessings, Becky

  5. You truly can do EVERYTHING!!!!!! Things come so easy to youi.

  6. Well not really, but I give it a good old Winchell girl try! Sometimes I think I am crazy!