I came across these two amazing foldable chairs at a thrift shop and instantly fell in love with them. I had never seen anything like them before and I couldn't figure out how to unfold them. After playing with them for 10 minutes and feeling like a complete moron, I turned them upside down I found out they were Leg-o-Matic chairs which had directions on how to open and close them and were stamped with the date JUN 1962. I didn't know anything about them, but I knew I had to have them. So, in 90 degree heat I carried these babies home and did some research.
These chairs were manufactured by the Leg-o-Matic Company which produced folding tables and chairs from the 1940's until the 1970's and were heavily used in Airstream Trailers for their ease of storage. I just love the look and fun folding nature off them. If you are interested in getting your hands on some Leg-o-Matic's, they sometimes pop up on eBay and Etsy and I have seen them at a couple of flea markets.
For this tutorial, I show the process of re-doing the fabric on one chair, but did both. I decided to re-cover the seat pads with one of my favorite fabric designer's, Jessica Jones of How About Orange, Outside Olso Picket Dust fabric for a fresh rehab.
I have had many people ask me how to do upholstery. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination....
But, I am lucky to live a few miles from a fabulous school, The Eliot School of Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA. The Eliot School offers an array of classes and workshops including everything from photography to woodworking. I took an upholstery class taught by the hilarious and ridiuclously talented Paul DeVito. Paul has over 20 years experience in upholstery and he is truly a master at his craft. His classes are insanely popular and sell out fast so if you are interested, sign up ASAP.
For those of you not in the Boston area, check out your local art and trade schools, they may offer some classes.
If you can't find any classes in your area, Spruce, based in Austin, TX has a selection of amazing DIY upholstery DVDs and books. Check them out, get inspired, and start rehabbing some great pieces!