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Re: Replacing "leather" seats on oak cha

Posted By: Peter Dale <PeteandDawnie@aol.com> (cache-mtc-ab06.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 9/8/2 11:06

In Response To: Replacing "leather" seats on oak chairs (Lee)

Lee , It sounds like these covers were put on either to help match the chairs or cover some sins or because it was a fad at that time. In any event ,to recover the chairs pry out the tacks as best as possible. Save the material as a pattern to cut the next cover with. You can probably use the same approach that was used before except you can't use the same holes again. The tacks or brass headed nails are all the same length and if you used the same holes again( which you can't because the cover would hide them any way) the tacks would pull out under the stress of having some one sit on them.Once you have uncovered the seats ,don't be surprised to see evidence of other "reseating's" . You will also probably want to put in some new padding as seats like these were rarely redone with out a thin layer of cotton batting. "Joanne Fabrics " have a nice variety of leather lookalike materials that I've used in the past.If not already on the chair, you might want to consider the fancy brass tacks when doing this work. Good Luck. Peter Dale

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