Doug graciously offered to be my assistant this weekend. We started by measuring every piece before the chair stripping began. I handed Doug my cloth tape measure-- he took it with some apprehension. I guess it's not as manly as the tape measures he's used to using. But by the end of the night he was throwing it around his neck and talking about how much the guys on the job site would love it (although I don't think he took it with him this morning). I put up with his antics because he really is the best person for the job. As Doug measured away (very precisely-- let me tell you) I recorded the measurements of each piece so that I will have an accurate idea of how much fabric to purchase for the chair. I'm a rookie at this, so I am not about to guess at how much to order-- better to be safe than sorry!
Next step-- picture taking. I pulled out my camera and took detailed pictures of how the chair is put together-- every seam, tuft, and tuck has been thoroughly photographed.
And as the pieces came off, I kept taking pictures and took detailed notes to document how it was put together. Doug did a great job as my assistant. When my hand and shoulder grew weary of staple removal-- he took over with much enthusiasm.
Up next-- finish stripping the chair (I figure it's about half done), calculate how much fabric I'll need and then make a decision on what to order!