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Derek: And today, we are going to be re-upholstering this dinning chair right here. There are two of us because I like to have the extra help. It is really a one person project. You can definitely do that on your own. It is easier than –
Derek: And the tools you are going to need are, a flat head screw driver, pliers a paint scraper or putty knife, scissors, spray adhesive, a staple gun with staples and a Philips head screw driver.
For this project the first thing you want to do is remove the stiff from the chair. The next step is to remove all the staples from the bottom of the seat. Once you have removed all the staples, you need to clear out all the old foam from the seat. To remove the foam from the seat, you can use a putty knife or paint scraper. Once you have removed the seat and all the staples, it is time to cut the foam.
Lay the seat on top of the foam and draw a marker with the pen. You can cut through the foam using regular scissors or utility knife .Secure the foam to the seat with spray adhesive. Put a layer spray adhesive on the seat, put another layer on the foam as well. Then put them together. Next, you want to lay to your upholstery fabric piece down and put the seat on top of that.
Lauren: Okay! Be very careful with the staple, so I will fold.
Derek: Starting from the front of the seat, pull the fabric tight and secure it with a single staple. Then put the seat around, secure the other side opposite. And you want to do each side with a single staple. Once you have anchored all four sides, then you can go around your seat securing the fabric to the seat with another staple.
When you get to the corners, you want to take some time and gather fabric underneath the seat. You want to make sure that you do not have any creases or ridges on the top of the seat. So take the time to gather the fabric underneath and secure it with staples over the folds. Once you have done all of your stapling, you are going to have a lot of excess fabric underneath the chair. Take a pair of scissors and cut off all the excess fabric right up to the staple line. To cover the wrong edges that you have beneath the chair, use a piece of muslin. Cut a piece of muslin a little bit larger that you are going to need and fold under the edges and stapling along the bottom edge of the chair covering the wrong end to the fabric. Now, that you have attached muslin and give a nice clean surface underneath the chair. It is time to attach the seat back to the base. Place the seat on the base where you want it and use forward screws to attach it back to the frame.
Lauren: One down 5 to go.
Derek: Fantastic. Thank you so much for your help and it looks like it is ready to go. Why do you not have a sit?