|Vintage Duncan Phyfe dining set (image via Craigslist)|
And here's what the fabric looks like on the chairs today.
|See the pretty legs here!|
To be quite honest, upholstering these things was more time consuming than I thought. Not difficult, but more effort than I had intended to invest right away. It would have been much easier had I just needed to cover the current seats, but nothing ever goes as planned. As soon as I unscrewed the bottoms I noticed there were already 3 layers of previous fabric! The bottom and last layer was definitely the original fabric and so was the dodgey foam padding underneath that. So I basically had to start from bare wood. I pulled off all the fabrics, the old batting and as many staples/nails as possible. Then made a pattern template for cutting out new batting and fabric pieces. It took me about 45 min per chair so make that 4.5 hours total of upholstery time. Now you can see why I didn't want to rush into painting. I think I'll just enjoy the cherry finish for a while.