Tuesday, 30 August 2016

How to: re-vamp a nursing chair

re-covering a vintage chair, easy update, nursing chair

Ok, I'm not about to give up the day job but I'm pretty pleased with myself over this simple chair update. The chair belonged to Tom's grandma, I guess it was from the 60s and it looked like she'd had
a pop at re-covering it years ago, but after collecting way too much dust in our junk room it was well in need of an update and I had just the right sized spot for it in the baby's room. In total, the re-vamp cost around £53, trips to two different shops, a staple gun, some scissors and a good helping of elbow grease (oh, and furniture grease). In the spirit of full disclosure, my mum gave me a pretty big hand!

how to re-cover a vintage chair
easy how to re-cover a nursing chair
First up, we removed all of the bars at the back, they just pulled out of those holes, then we un-pinned the fabric and un-screwed the seat from the arms. The seat inside was filled with what we assumed to be horse hair. We disposed of this pretty swiftly.

easy how to re-cover a nursing chair
The bare frame
Once we had to down to the sum of its parts, we used sandpaper and muscle to strip the wood back, measured the seat frame, which was just under 50cm square then dashed out at 4pm on Saturday afternoon on a quest for foam and fabric. It was all a little ad-hoc.  Dunelm came up trumps for the foam, £12 bought us a 50cm x 50cm block, we also stumped up an extra £3 for some wadding. From there, on the quest for the perfect shade of light grey fabric we aimed for Ikea. We couldn't find anything in the fabric department light enough to do the job but came up with a cunning plan. The Vilborg curtains, £40, are 250cm in length, plenty long enough for our nursery window, with enough over to serve as a seat pad cover. Double win, and in the perfect shade of grey. We also bought the smallest sheepskin, £22 to cover the back for extra comfort. It's super soft and the perfect size for resting a newborn. Investment piece? I think so.

how to re-cover a vintage nursing chair
Measuring up the foam
We drew around the seat then cut the foam with a sharp knife. This was much more difficult than the shop assistant suggested but after half an hour of hacking later, we had a perfectly sized foam piece. we placed it on top of the base and covered all the way over with wadding. Then my trusty friend, the staple gun got to work tacking the wadding on. We cut 60cm of fabric from the curtains and ironed it (I know, so profesh!). We wrapped the fabric all the way over, making sure we got the weave in the fabric straight, we then tacked this all the way around. When we got to the corners, we created an envelope with a point on the corner. We then cut off any excess, took an extra piece of fabric, just under 50cm square, folded it over all the way around to create a polished finish and stapled it all the way around as neatly as possible.

Meanwhile, we used wood glue to repair a few small splits in the wood and put the slats back on the back, then we gave the whole thing a whole lotta love with some furniture wax. We poked some holes through the fabric into the original holes in the wood and screwed the seat back on to the frame. Finally, we tacked the corners, where we had created the envelope with a needle and thread. Then added the sheepskin over the back of the chair. And Voila, I'm ready for nursing!

how to re-cover a nursing chair
The finished chair
How are you getting ready for baby? I'd love to hear.


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