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Sunday, April 1, 2012

1.1 Before You Begin

The first step in upholstery is collecting all the tools you will need to complete step 1 (deconstruction) 

Because many people who want to recover a single piece in their home are doing so as not to have to spend a ton of money to get what they want, I am giving you 2 toolbox lists for every step (and a full compiled list later on...). One toolbox list will consist of things I had lying around my house when I did my first chair, or necessities that are on the inexpensive side (i.e. a $20 staple gun + hammer). I will also highlight my favorite tool for each step to give you a better idea of where to spend your money if you choose to do so.
Around the House Toolbox:
 
Multi-tool/Leatherman
Pliers/Vice Grip
Wire Clippers
Gloves (Safety First!)
Hammer
Notebook
Pen/Pencil
Camera

Sharpie
Pro Toolbox:
Osborne Staple Lifter (Favorite!)
Tack remover
Pliers/Vice Grip/Webbing Pliers
Side Pliers
Gloves (Safety First!)
Notebook
Pen/Pencil
Camera
Sharpie

It is also great to have a friend help with the teardown

Note: In most of the tutorials I will be using a chair, but the same basic principals apply for most everything (from headboards to ottomans to couches)

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