Three of our editors give their old chairs an overhaul -- and learn a few valuable lessons along the way.
My upholsterer, the very sweet Al Neel, recommended that I replace the nail-head trim with more spaced-out nails to minimize damage to the frame. You still get the effect of the nail heads repetition without weakening the frame.
Since I only needed a couple of yards, I could splurge on a designer fabric like this faux ostrich skin. If I were slipcovering a piece of furniture, I’d have to work with economies of scale.
The beauty of these little chairs is that I can recover them fairly affordably when I change my color schemes. A big piece of furniture, like a sofa, should be a neutral that will work with whatever scheme you fall for next.