This step by step is quite easy as long as patience is employed.
With most upholstered chairs the wood parts that you want painted don't have a lot
 of surface so taking a little extra time to perfect it will bring an amazing finish.
Supplies I used to achieve this silver finish:
stripped and cleaned wood framed chair
a latex primer that I could spray
paper towel or rag
1 can of silver spray paint I used Krylon but also like Rustoleum)
finishing sandpaper 220 or higher
and remember the most important thing is patience
The first step was to prime the chair frame, I sprayed it with white primer.
Once the primer is cured (check your manufacture's info)
use a finishing sandpaper 220 or higher to smooth the surface of any bumps or runs.
To get a stong finish wipe the surface of your primer with acetone right before you spray the silver.
**Be sure to do these steps outdoors.**
This softens the surface and makes sure the spray bonds extremely well.
Let the silver dry for several days before working on any upholstery.

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The Chairs for Charity auction was a great success with my chair going to
Jen from Brick & Mortar.
The live auction chairs made approx. $1400 for the Langley Christmas Bureau,
I don't know the numbers for the rest of the chairs that were up for silent auction.
Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and came out for the evening.

But it's time to get to the nitty gritty ...
The ins and out ..... all my little secrets how you can create your own jack chair


First of all let me say I have no formal training in upholstery,
I have always been too impatient to wait for someone to help me when I want to get a job accomplished.
I also like knowing how things work, thus why I use to take things apart as a child, like music boxes and flashlights.
I would tinker away for hours figuring out how each little part effected the next.
It's the exact same thing today, if I don't understand how something goes together
I take something similar apart and learn how to recreate it.

I was fortunate enough purchase this chair already stripped,
I've said it many times in the past "the worst part of reupholstering is removing the old stuff"

I started by stapling painters drop cloth over the springs and seat frame.

Next I hauled my roll of inch thick foam in to start cutting.

I ended up using 2 layers of foam for the seat.
Get your butt in the chair and test how it feels, as goldilocks would say
"that's just right"

One tip I have to offer here is to turn the square edge of the foam down while stapling.
this helps eliminate the corners being seen after the fabric goes on.

 After the foam is secured into place sheets of batten were wrapped over the foam,
this again softens the edges and disguises the staple indents.
I did not staple the batten as it stays in place on its own.

You can use scissors to cut your batten but tearing it helps thin the edges better. 

Now it was just a matter of cutting and stapling my material over the seat and backrest,
cutting to fit where necessary.
I'm not an expert at fitting around the arms but I do my best.

The piece for the very back of the chair was cut 1 inch larger and in the shape of the back
then carefully secured into place with my trusty hammer and nail head trim.

I talk about the paint finish used on the frame here:
and the Union Jack upholstery was done the same as these chairs:

photo courtesy of Glam It Up Photography

PLease let me know if you try making your own UNION JACK CHAIRS!


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