Now I've recovered furniture a few times in the past, but it always involved using a staple gun to quickly attach fabric to furniture which ultimately results in the fabric pulling, and eventually, coming off. This was not the result I am looking for, so I decided to do a little internet research to figure out how to properly reupholster furniture.
Apparently it involves ripping the old fabric off (I always applied the new fabric on top of the old fabric), reapplying new furniture batting, then cutting pieces of fabric in the shapes of the fabric that you removed and attaching them with furniture tacks or a strong staple gun.
Here are the pics:
removing its skin: (gross)
Applying new batting to the chair:
Voila! It's actually not totally done, I still have to fix the bottom right pillow area and the fronts of the arms, but you get the idea. I'll try to remember to post pictures when I have it totally completed.
I probably should've waited until tomorrow to post pictures so that I could get a good picture of it in natural light, but I was anxious to post these. It took a long time to remove all the fabric and apply the new fabric, but it was worth it!