How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair! PART 1: Tearing Down the Chair – Thrift Diving

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– I’m taking an upholstery class and decided to reupholster this wingback chair that I had bought years ago from the thrift store for $60. In this video, I show you how I was taught to teardown a wingback to remove the back and sides of the chair. I won’t be finished this chair until closer to the end of the month. So be sure to subscribe because I’ll be posting along the way all the great professional reupholster tips and tricks I learn! You don’t want to miss the finished project!

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PART 1 – Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Tear Down a Wingback Chair:

PART 2 – Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Tear Down a Wingback Chair (CONT):

PART 3: Reupholster a Wingback Chair – How to attach webbing (and see what fabric I’ll be using!):

PART 4: Reupholster a Wingback Chair – How to Tie 8 Way Hand Tie Springs:

PART 5: Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Sewing the Burlap and Creating an Edge Roll With a Blind Stitch

PART 6: Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Sewing the Seat and Arms

PART 7: Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Completing the Seat, Front, and Beginning the Arms

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. You holding the camera while you work made me motion sick. boo

  2. How old are you? You are Beautiful and nice

  3. Thank you for this. I have a small curvy chair that I love but it desperately needs recovering!

  4. I’m terrified of these kind of chair after I finished reading junji ito’s comic of ultra creepy stalker dude living on the chajr

  5. The gentleman who was teaching has such a soothing voice!

  6. I like that you are using a ferrier tool to pull out that fabric! Those pliers are used to cut horse hooves and take out the tacs from a horse's shoes! Perfect for this job!

  7. I mean, my goodness! These videos are so well done!

  8. OMG whoever reupholstered this chair did a bad job. That comes from someone who knows too much about upholstery D:

  9. New to your videos and loving them! Any chance you have recovered sofa?

  10. Serena, you're seriously the best! And I don't usually comment on videos either, but I wanted to comment on yours because I love how thorough you are with your videos and want to show my support and love for them. Keep on rocking!

  11. Hi I'm from India , I like your videos & awesome transformation of old furniture plz share with us how to polish wooden surface thanks for giving ideas

  12. Hi Serena how much these classes costs and where exactly do they teach? I am keen to learn as well. x

  13. Did anyone else start remembering surgeries you have watched online or in botched? It seems very surgical and methodical with a degree of art and intuition.

  14. The shape of the wings and cabriole on the legs makes me think this is a "Centennial Chair." They were produced in the 1870's and '80's in honor of the War for Independence and The Constitution. I have a pair that I bought about 30 years apart. Beautiful chairs…

  15. My husband and I took an upholstery class together and did a wing back chair as well. It was a lot of fun and we learned so much. Great experience.

  16. certain pieces can be removed by grasping with the pliers and doing a rolling motion ( rolling the fabric around the pliers ) instead of pulling the fabric. It's a little quicker and easier. Always remove ALL the old fabric and all the staples. Anything else is a lazy way. ( and your new cover won't go on as nice. ) Also when pulling individual staples, be careful. You can hurt yourself. Wear garden gloves to prevent blisters. Tearing down furniture is hard dirty work. Don't leave any broken staples. Pull the little pieces out with pliers or hammer it in or it will find you.

  17. Thank you thank you thank you. You are sooooo good. I found this so interesting and am wanting to try it myself.

  18. When do you tackle the wooden legs? That is the part I'm interested in please.

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