The Chairs Are Finished!

Using The Staple Gun

Using The Staple Gun

You may recall that I decided to finish off the canvaswork seat covers for the dining room. That entailed, removing the existing corded velvet covers, so I decided to increase the padding on the seats while I was at it. So I added a couple of thick layers of cotton linterfelt, and covered it with calico.

I’ve had some real upholstery done recently, and the upholsterer told me that staple guns cause less damage to the wood than nails (obvious, when you think about it), so that’s what I used.

First Pair

First Pair

Second Pair

Second Pair

The staplegun has a kick like a mule, so the job had to be spread out over a couple of days.  Getting the tacks out of the last set of covers took a day all by itself, so I have stapled it through some cotton tape, to prevent whatever I may use in the future catching on the threads of the canvas.

Finished Chairs

Finished Chairs


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Wow wow wow! Those chairs look stunning!

  2. coral-seas says:

    Wow, they look very smart with their new seat covers.

  3. Penny says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! These are so beautiful — I’m not sure I’d want to sit on them – perhaps I’d sit in another chair and just admire these *smile*. I’ve worked with a staple gun before and it can be a real chore — you’ve done a fabulous job.

  4. Carol says:

    Gorgeous! Can you come do mine? 🙂

  5. karen says:

    Rachel…these are fabulous!

  6. You did a fantastic job, Rachel. I once reupholstered a three piece suite (trusty staple gun in hand) and now I completely understand why furniture is so expensive. Never again!

  7. Penny B says:

    Oh, Rachel these are spectacular.

  8. Elmsley Rose says:

    Congratulations! Fantastic!

  9. They look fantastic. I know about those staple guns, just pulling the trigger requires a lot of strength.

  10. Action Ma'am says:

    What smart chairs! And the yard’s not looking bad either!

  11. Jane says:

    These look lovely. I’m very impressed.


  12. Anita says:

    Wow! They are so beautiful.Congratulations Rachel!

  13. Congratulations! They look terrific. Well done with the staple gun, you did a great job all round!

  14. Janice says:

    They are magnificent Rachel. And they will really brighten up the north facing dining room.

  15. terriea says:

    I stumbed into your blog via Heather. Your stitches are so great. Eucalyptus leaves are my favour to do eco print on silk fabrics. These chair covers are just pretty !
    Terrie from Hong Kong

  16. They look fantastic! 🙂

  17. They really look fantastic, Rachel! Did you treat them in some way with a spray stain repellant? I shudder at the thought of the first errant glass of red wine! 🙂 XXO-

  18. Susan says:

    They look fabulous! I wish I would get my act together and do something practical like this!