Member project: New life for an antique chair

This weekend, Aaron, a West Philly Tool Library member, emailed us to share how he had used our tools most recently. Aaron reported that he had acquired a beautiful antique empire armchair in great condition, except that the bottom was falling out. With help from the Tool Library, he brought new life to his antique chair.

Aaron borrowed our upholstery kit (recently donated to the Tool Library!) and a staple gun, and followed the steps below to rejuvenate to his antique chair. He says the project not only was gratifying, but it was much cheaper to do it himself. Thanks for sharing your project with us, Aaron!

How has the West Philly Tool Library helped you finish indoor projects this winter?
Email us your projects to info@westphillytools.org.

STEP 0: Old chair seat

Old dust cover (which previously had been bolstered with denim)

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Old dust cover

STEP 1: Remove old dust cover and old jute

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Old jute, after removing the dust cover

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Halfway finished

STEP 2: Stretch new jute webbing and add a new dust cover

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New jute webbing

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New dust cover

STEP 3: Have a seat!

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Good as new!

 

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