Remember that fabric I scored in England for a crazy good price (see that here)? Well, on a quiet afternoon the other day I decided to get out my fabric goody bag and re-cover our dining room chairs. The chairs, which had been given to us (along with the table) by a family member, had a gray linen fabric on the seats. The fabric wasn’t bad, but it was wearing thin and I was ready for a change.
First thing was to get the seats off the chairs themselves. This involved turning the chairs upside down and unscrewing the seats (there were 4 screws — 1 in each corner). No biggie.
After going through my different fabrics, I chose the blue and brown floral since it went well with the room and was a good thick fabric that I knew would wear well. I laid out each seat onto the fabric and then cut a square with about two inches of border. That way there would be more than enough to wrap tightly around the seat.
Now it’s time to get the staple gun out. I admit, I have a weird love affair with my staple gun. It just makes upholstery and other projects so easy — it was love-at-first-use. Basically, you want to wrap the seat like it’s a present and the fabric is the wrapping paper. Pull the fabric pretty tightly, hold in place, and then staple down. I usually do two opposite edges first, and then the other two.
Once I had finished the four seats, which took about 20 minutes, it was time to re-attach. A few minutes with my handy-dandy screwdriver, and voila…
Re-upholstering chairs like this is really such an easy, quick project with major impact. Love it.
Have you guys done any re-upholstery recently? Or have you had some great fabric finds? Do tell.
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