photo courtesy of Glam It Up Photography

The Chairs for Charity auction was a great success with my chair going to
Jen from Brick & Mortar.
The live auction chairs made approx. $1400 for the Langley Christmas Bureau,
I don't know the numbers for the rest of the chairs that were up for silent auction.
Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and came out for the evening.

But it's time to get to the nitty gritty ...
The ins and out ..... all my little secrets how you can create your own jack chair


First of all let me say I have no formal training in upholstery,
I have always been too impatient to wait for someone to help me when I want to get a job accomplished.
I also like knowing how things work, thus why I use to take things apart as a child, like music boxes and flashlights.
I would tinker away for hours figuring out how each little part effected the next.
It's the exact same thing today, if I don't understand how something goes together
I take something similar apart and learn how to recreate it.

I was fortunate enough purchase this chair already stripped,
I've said it many times in the past "the worst part of reupholstering is removing the old stuff"

I started by stapling painters drop cloth over the springs and seat frame.

Next I hauled my roll of inch thick foam in to start cutting.

I ended up using 2 layers of foam for the seat.
Get your butt in the chair and test how it feels, as goldilocks would say
"that's just right"

One tip I have to offer here is to turn the square edge of the foam down while stapling.
this helps eliminate the corners being seen after the fabric goes on.

 After the foam is secured into place sheets of batten were wrapped over the foam,
this again softens the edges and disguises the staple indents.
I did not staple the batten as it stays in place on its own.

You can use scissors to cut your batten but tearing it helps thin the edges better. 

Now it was just a matter of cutting and stapling my material over the seat and backrest,
cutting to fit where necessary.
I'm not an expert at fitting around the arms but I do my best.

The piece for the very back of the chair was cut 1 inch larger and in the shape of the back
then carefully secured into place with my trusty hammer and nail head trim.

I talk about the paint finish used on the frame here:
and the Union Jack upholstery was done the same as these chairs:

photo courtesy of Glam It Up Photography

PLease let me know if you try making your own UNION JACK CHAIRS!


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  1. Amazing...looking at the finished chair, I would have never known that you had no formal training for this!! Perfection!

    Can't wait to hear about the paint finish...my daughter wants a dresser done in silver and I am not sure where to start!

  2. Good info at the right time, I bought a small round table, that I want to make into a round upholstered bench,,,and you have shown me where to start.

    Jan At the Pink Geranium

  3. Oh Goodness! It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with us. I've attempted a couple of chairs and it's very challenging. My biggest hurdle was removing ALL of the kazillion staples so I could use the old fabric as a template for cutting my new fabric. Ugh. :)

  4. The chair turned out great, and congrats on all the money raised! I love the Union Jack Chair, I want one for my home. Great idea to use the painters drop cloth over the spring, I would never think to do that. Yes, stripping down a piece Hate it. My son actually does this quite well and works for cheap. He will pull staples for hours. My fingers are hurting just thinking about that!

  5. I love this chair so much I have to do one for myself.

  6. New follower, you are simply AMAZING!!! Can't wait to reupholster a chair to look like this!! ;)

  7. Awesome, I reupholstered an old stool a few years back. Took a one day class. I enjoyed it, but never found the time to 'keep it up'. Now that I am looking at retiring the end of this year, I have lots of ideas in my head and want to pick up the upholstering again. My mom was extremely talented at this and did all the old farm furniture that they got when they were married (the pink rose colored pink/silver fabric on a wrap around 1950's sectional. She actually recovered it into a 1980's look when velour was in. I still have some pieces of it from the old homestead. I come across chairs all the time and my fingers just want to do something with them. I enjoyed the tutorial and look forward to all your new ideas. My friend Kim turned me on to your site today when we were at the Newport Marketplace. She is working with the Annie Sloan paints and is a distributor at the Marketplace with it. This weekend she is taking a class on painting fabric. That I am interested in too! I picked up this Harden Settee early 90's piece in an old house the city was taking over for $10. The fabric is beautiful but stained in areas, I steamed cleaned and cleaned. It looks OK, but I would like a 'fresher' look. So, paint first and if I don't like that, I will reupholster. Thanks!!!



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