Louis Chair skips a step…

But you can figure it out.  The last photo I added the felt layer.  So on top of that I added a layer of the cotton wool then the fabric.  I trimmed all the edges and I am at this point.


I also added a layer of felt on the arms, more cotton wool then the same linen fabric as on the outside back.

My last step is to sew the double welting then glue it down.  Just as a reminder and to see how far it has come- here is the before and almost after.



Louis chair part two….

…..and I forgot to take step by step photos- so I’ll do my best!

I made an edge roll and installed it along the front edge.  The sides and back don’t really need it on this style of chair because the arms prevent any wear on the sides.

What is an edge roll?


This is.

I made one similar to this and installed it with my new pneumonic staple gun!!  I can’t believe it took me so long to buy this.  It is so worth the money.

Anyway……then I stapled down the coconut matting, put a layer of cotton wool and then stapled down the fabric.


The fabric I am using is an upholstery weight linen from Belarus.  It is great to work with.IMG_1404

I started by stapling three times in the front and back and on the sides to make sure the fabric is in place.  Then I usually staple the front first but stoping a few centimetres away from the corner.  IMG_1407

To make cuts in the back- fold the fabric like this and cut at an angle to the chair back- then I cut a V.  Of course I forgot to do the side arm but basically same concept- cut a line then a V.


I really love the feel of the cotton wool…..working with it can be a pain though- especially when it goes up your nose!IMG_1409

I have learned the hard way to cut in steps…..I have cut too far before 🙂IMG_1410

So this is the seat after all of it has been stapled.


Then I stapled down the outside back.  The next step I forgot to take a photo of but basically I stapled down top to bottom rows of webbing for stability and then I added a layer of felt.IMG_1412

And this is where I left off today!IMG_1413

I am thinking of the check on the arm rests as well- we’ll see how that goes!


Louis chair upholstery part 1

So I have stripped everything from this chair, sanded it down and added Miss Mustard Seed white wax.  —If you haven’t tried any of the wax products from Homestead House, which is the parent company for Miss Mustard Seed and Fusion, I really recommend them.  The wax goes on like butter and there is almost no odour – unless you get the lavender scented wax.  Many waxes on the market have turpentine or a mineral spirit in the wax so that it doesn’t form a solid block- like a candle would- MMS and Fusion waxes have something in it to keep it from going solid but it is something different than the norm.  Clapham’s  is the company that makes the wax- they have a great story about their products on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

Anyway…..back to the chair.  So white wax was applied then I left it for the night.  The next morning I started with the webbing.

I really need a pneumatic staple gun…..they really make the job a lot quicker……

I turned the chair upside down and did three rows from back to front and three rows from side to side, pulling taught with the webbing stretcher tool.  The tool is a must have- it isn’t possible to properly stretch the webbing without it.


Next I arranged the springs on the seat.  I used five springs  for this seat.  The pattern was two on the sides and one in the middle.  There are many great upholsterers that post this information on their blogs/sites so depending on the chair you may need a different pattern.

Then I sewed the springs to the webbing and then tied the springs down.

There are more ties than this- front to back, side to side and diagonally- I forgot to take a photo!

So then once the springs were all tied and secure I put a layer of hessian/ burlap on top and then filled the spaces with cotton wool.


I am thinking about an edge roll here, but I will have to make that still.  The next step below was measuring the coconut matting- which is a modern day replacement for horse hair.


This was my finishing point.

stay tuned!!


Why I don’t paint upholstered furniture.

I know some people do and of course that is their choice!  I don’t ever recommend that people do it, either.  If somebody asks me about the process- of course I will tell them…..dilute paint with water, spray upholstery with water, two coats of paint at the minimum…..etc. etc…..but I would never say to a customer- “oh, you should paint that!!”

This is one of the reasons why…..


I have two of these Louis XV chairs from Switzerland (the French side 🙂 ).  They are in great shape- maybe some may think all they need is a paint job to bring them back to life?  Well I removed one side of the fabric on the back piece…….and the foam had turned to dust.  You can just see it in the below photo at the bottom.  Pink coloured dust.  The arms and the back foam had disintegrated. What a mess.


After I vacuumed it all out and removed the nails (nightmare) and staples I started with the seat.IMG_1347

This was where I left it….IMG_1348

……to be continued tomorrow.  The foam has turned into something like a petrified marshmallow.  The webbing is made from rubber- like an old tire…..can you imagine if I painted this??IMG_1349

My point is–unless you know exactly what is under your fabric……don’t paint it!!  I can’t even imagine the mess and the waste of paint this would be.

If you read my blog you may have seen this chair:

Yes, I painted it……This doesn’t have any foam or anything- it is literally two pieces of embossed leather on the chair- something like this is worth painting.  For one, the leather doesn’t absorb paint like fabric does and there is no hidden insides full of dirt.

So tomorrow I continue with the teardown of the yellow Louis…then the second one.

I have plans to do a step by step tutorial for these….so stay tuned!!