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8/7/13

Vintage Chair Repair Using A Staple Gun!

This chair has been back in a bedroom corner for years and I haven't decided now where to use it. 
Things happen and then what to do?   Many times I don't want to let something go because it has a high sentimental value to me.  But when it comes to getting things fixed what a challenge that can be!  Thus my situation with some chair repairs that needed to be made.   I took Brian's staple gun and took matters into my own hands!

After being in the furniture business for well over 30 years I am quite attuned to the part staples, glue, and trims can play in their construction.  Not to mention tacks and needle and thread.

My stapling improved with practice.
The first project was a vintage oak dinning room chair with a refurbished bottom that somebody had stood on and broken.  It occurred to me that I have numerous pieces of leather stored away from   samples I had kept and this could be tightly stapled onto the seat, the cushion replaced, and nobody would be the wiser!  So off I went stapler in hand.

Before the bottom went bad I used this in the kitchen to check out recipes and write letters.  Now it is good as new again.
Next was a very unique piece given to us by my husband's Aunt Virginia.  It is a large high backed captain like chair with arms.  One of which widens out at the front right like an old school desk chair.  Just right for sitting to pen something.  The webbing had long since gone and had never been repaired because it looks daunting as the webbing anchored down in slots with metal ends.  After all these years of it's sitting in a bedroom corner, it occurred to me to just use strapping material and weave the strips tightly, then at the ends staple to secure.  In either case braid or trim could be glued atop the staples if desired for cosmetic purposes.  The second chair requires a cushion so the weaving is naturally covered.

So,  I got busy and the two chairs are as good as new and I am left wondering what took me so long?

1 comment:

cambric cotton, pins and needles said...

These look good as new, don't you feel a sense of achievemnet when you repair something, I do. I have an old bentwood rocker my grandmother used on her back veranda, it no longer fits in the house I currently own but I can't part with it. It is sitting a corner of the spare room an looks so out of place.