And now for something completely different...
I've had the dark brown leather bar stools since about a week after we bought this house - so about 4 1/2 years now. Unfortunately, they have been peeling horrendously for the past 6 months or so. The wood still looks great, though,and they are super comfortable, so I didn't just want to buy new ones. Waste not, want not, right?
I decided to recover them, though I've never done any real upholstery work before. I didn't really document the process, but I'm so proud of the result that I had to share. :-)
We quickly abandoned getting every single staple out of the leather and wood and just ripped off the leather as best we could and pulled out the staples that were sticking out at all after that. I cut apart the leather pieces and used them as a template for my fabric, abandoning the fancy shmancy seaming on the backs for a more streamlined look. Yeah, that's it. Not laziness at all.
The welt detail around the edge of the backs hides the staples and is constructed exactly how the leather was. I toyed with the idea of doing something different like a nail head trim, but I couldn't find any I liked, and I'm happy with how this looks now that it is finished.
Hubs was the master of the button covering. He was a beast with the rubber mallet, which was needed with this thick fabric. The buttons are needed to hold the fabric on this section in place since the backs of the stools are concave. You add this pieces of fabric and secure the buttons before stapling on the back panel. I wish I had photographed these steps now, but really, it's not hard to find a step-by-step on the internet or in a book at the library.
The sewing was probably the quickest, easiest part. Ha!
Deconstruction is a b.....
Doing one at a time, start to finish was a good idea.
When Hubs offers to help, say YES! and THANK YOU!
Have you done any upholstery? I have a ripped up giant easy chair that I really want to recover, but that would be a much bigger job than this.