Step 2 -- Start removing tacks from the last piece to be put on the chair (usually the underside of the seat). Actually on a chair like this it doesn't really matter where you start since the sections are not overlapping each other. If I started on the seat or the back I would take off the gimp (or trim) first, then remove the tacks holding the fabric.
Note: Be sure to take LOTS of pictures to help you remember how to put things back together again, and how to layer the pieces of fabric to get a nice, clean finish...
...and the subtle folds that shape the fabric smoothly around corners and curves.
|Horse hair stuffing -- a sign of quality|
|Again, take lots of pictures of how things are put together|
Then remove the springs (and store them carefully so they don't get bent), and your chair should be... Just a wooden frame!
Step 5 -- Repair any structural issues. My chair was a little wobbly at the arms, both where they attached to the back and at the seat. I used wood glue (I've heard Gorilla Wood Glue is great for this, I personally have not had good results Elmer's Wood Glue) and squirted it in the joints (being sure to wipe up any drips!), tied the arms together as a "clamp" to hold the arms where they should be while the glue dried. I had to keep checking back as the glue dried because there always seemed to be a new drip somewhere. Wipe them all up before they dry or else they will be a major pain to try and remove... Not that I would know that from experience or anything... !
|P.S. Wood glue soaks through newspaper... put down some plastic!|