With our garage sale behind us, I pulled out the chair that I bought at a garage sale recently. I've refinished a lot of pieces and sewn slipcovers, but re-upholstering is new for me. So undaunted by my ignorance and armed with minimal youtube instruction, I forged ahead!
Here's the "before" (with a little of the finish stripped off one of the legs and a little dog on the seat):
With the aid of pliers, rubber mallet, and new tack remover I took off the black under-the-seat stuff and ugly red and white bumpy floral fabric (Note to self: Get tetanus shot):
Underneath that, was a thick layer of cotton stuffing and burlap and a daddy-long-legs:
In the middle of the stuffing was some straw (money would have been nice). Ben thought it looked like cedar shavings:
While I'm guessing that the "guts" are original, I don't think the outer fabric is because the pretty wood on the top part of the chair was covered up. It was a fun reveal:
I left the burlap and the webbing on for now, but they may come off yet.
Here's how things are looking now. I need to do more steel wooling (new verb) and sanding:
Pip is bored with the whole thing and wondering where the soft chair went: