Craigslist Find: Duncan Phyfe Dining Room Table, Part 1
Another cool, vintage find on Craigslist means another rehab at home. I was really excited about finding this Duncan Phyfe dining room table with six chairs for only $150! What a deal! There’s always a catch, though, and with this table it was five broken chair spindles and a lot of wear and tear.
I thought to myself, this will be easy! Some new upholstery and some new stain and I’ll be good to go with a beautiful table! As it turns out it’s a little more work than that.
For part one of this two parter, I’ll just explain my thought process on reupholstering the six chairs. One thing at a time with this project.
I had already decided that my color palette for the dining/living room area was going to be blue. So, I wanted to tie that into the new material of the dining room chairs. I found the PERFECT material at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store and it was 50 percent off. I also have two bar stools I found at an estate sale that I’m reupholstering, so I picked up some taupe, silky, chevron fabric for those too.
Finding the material was the fun part, but in true struggling to be an adult form, I had no idea how much I needed and completely embarrassed myself in front of the lady cutting my fabrics. Before I left the house I realized I needed to measure the cushions, but didn’t have a measuring tape. So, what did I do? I grabbed one of my boyfriend’s tennis shoes and measured with that.
Fast forward to the cutting counter at Jo-Ann’s and I’m a stressed out disaster. Eventually, we figured it out, so thank you for your patience to the kind young woman at the Omaha Jo-Ann’s on West Center.
The rest of the reupholster process was relatively simple. I laid out my fabric and placed the seat cushions on top. I gave myself about 2-3 inches of seam allowance on each side. I cut with just a regular pair of scissors, no need to buy the expensive kind. Then, I reached for the heavy-duty staple gun.
A heavy-duty staple gun was something I had never used before, but seen a lot of on HGTV. I felt pretty confident. Or at least I felt confident after I watched a YouTube video on how to load a heavy-duty staple gun with staples.
I was originally going to use a light-duty staple gun, but then it turned out my boyfriend’s mom had a heavy-duty one just laying around. I can’t say if a light-duty staple gun would work for this kind of project, but I think it’s a good thing I ended using a heavy-duty one.
After cutting, all that was left to do was staple the fabric. My fabric has stripes, so I made sure everything was straight and pulled it very tight and stapled away. For the corners, I kind of treated it like I would when wrapping a present. It really was simple. I didn’t even have to watch a tutorial or do a Google search to learn how to do this.
I do want to note that after stapling the six dining room chairs and two barstools my right hand (I’m right handed) was about to fall off and was sore for several hours following my staple session.
This part of the project is definitely something a newbie can tackle without having an anxiety attack. Part two, though, we’ll see about that.
Any advice or experiences from the pros or seasoned dining room table refinishers is more than welcome and very encouraged in the comments!