Starting with this image (Tobi’s 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse room), I picked up on her bamboo accents, love for chinoiserie, and pops of color.
I fell in love with this for one of Tobi’s signature color combinations…orange and turquoise (check out her yellow and gray color combo)
With my inspiration images in hand, I found this chair at my local Salvation Army.
Keeping with Tobi’s orange and turquoise inspiration, I chose this fabric.
Now let’s get to work. Have all your upholstery tools ready. First, remove the welting.
Next, remove the old fabric and staples.
Since this chair was in excellent condition, I was able to start the prep for painting. However, this is not always the case. I have a few tutorials for some common problems; to tighten your frame, go here…to do spring work, go here…to replace foam, go here. Your chair should now look something like this.
Lightly sand the frame and protect the chair seat with paper and tape.
A quick coat of primer and paint.
…and you now have this.
Whenever possible, add a fresh layer of dacron (batting).
Using your staple gun, tack the dacron around the chair and trim off the excess (I like to use a razor blade).
This is important; take the time to press your fabric.
Center your image on your chair…
and staple a few staples in the center-front.
Move to the center-back, lightly pull the fabric for a tight seat, and staple a few in the center-back.
Next, work side to side with a few staples on each side.
Keep moving front to back, side to side…saving the corners (where the arms are) for last. At the corners (this is really scary) make slits in your fabric.
Always keep in mind that you can cut more if you need it! For this chair, the cuts should look something like this.
Fold everything under, give a slight pull on the fabric, and staple.
Your staples should be close together, like stitches…trim excess fabric.
With a hot glue gun, add a coordinating trim (hide all the staples).
Take the time to miter the corners.
…and there you have it, a Tobi Fairley inspired chair!
Now it’s your turn, rehab a chair, and enter it in Tobi’s chair contest! You could win a yard of fabric from Tobi’s Home Collection. A yard of fabric could cover approximately 2-4 chairs! I won’t enter this one…it wouldn’t be fair….but I might enter another one of mine.
Thank you, Tobi for having me on today, I had a blast!