What you'll need:
A good guesstimate of how much fabric your project will require. I guessed about 3 yards for this chair.
Hot glue gun
Trim, either braided or corded. This project took 6.5 yards.
A staple remover or flat blade screw driver (the staple remover is a forked tongue looking thing with a screwdriver handle on it. I'll tell you more in a bit)
A pair of pliers
Exacto knife or scissors
Okay step one: Find a chair!
Okay so here is the part I tell you to get a great stapler. I will do another post on all the nitty gritty but a manual stapler will take you a week and you'll be buffer than Hulk Hogan by the time it's over. I started out with an electric stapler which would have worked fine on frames and woods in the garage but on the hard woods of furniture it didn't have enough guts and this is what I got...
So back to Home Depot we went and ended up leaving with a pneumatic stapler/nailer. Pneumatic = Air. So this hooks up to the compressor and boy does it have some gumpf! Here is the best part. It was only $10 more than the electric one!
So start stapling at a center point on top or bottom. Then work to the opposite side back and forth across your canvas all the while stretching and keeping the fabric taught. So if you think of your canvas as a clock you will start with about 4-5 staples at noon. Then pull tight and do 4-5 more at 6. The do 3 and 9 etc... It will start to look like this.
So now finish up the rest of your chair, arms and seat. It's coming along, see!
I just adore this fabric...I got it at a garage sale for $3. It's a curtain panel =)
Hope you enjoyed the journey in my garden of upholstery today. Check back soon for my review on the staple guns, my new dining room slip covers and a bunch of new treasures!