Easy Chair Makeover

Friday, October 04, 2013


This week I finally came around to giving my dining chairs the makeover I was trying to do all summer but couldn't with all the other projects I've been doing around the house.

 I found these at my local thrift shop a little over a year ago and  I painted them white and upholstered them with black & white fabric. Actually this fabric is a shower curtain from Target. See what I did there? You can use any type of fabric for whatever your project is.Trust me,  I do it all the time ;)

*NOTE When I started the project it wasn't something I planned so I don't have a before picture of the white chair upholstered in black & white. The picture below shows the chair pad the way I purchased it.

So now to the Makeover...


First you need to remove the seat cushion from the chair. Flip your chair over and remove screws.

Once you remove the cushion, with a flat head screw driver remove the staples used to upholster the seat. 

Then you want to sand and paint your chair (optional) I used Rustoleum "Aqua" in a spray. If you decide to paint your chair allow it ample time to dry before upholstering. I waited until the next day.

While your chair dries get your supplies ready for upholstering. 

**You will need fabric of your choice, foam, batting, staple gun, screw driver or drill.


To begin upholstering take the seat pad/cushion and place it on top of the foam right side down. Trace and then cut out the shape of the seat. I used kitchen scissors to cut the foam because it wasn't that thick, you can also use an electric knife used for carving.




Then take your fabric and batting, with fabric right side down and batting on top, place the foam and then the seat.







(Before you start to staple everything together make sure the placement of your fabric is how you want, pay attention to fabrics with details. Make sure everything is properly aligned).



When you begin to staple your fabric and batting , pulling them nice and tight starting from the center and working your way out. Leave the corners for last.

Once you've done all four sides, go back to your corners and staple down. Cut off any excess fabric.



Now you can put your cushion back on the chair and screw into place.


Here's what the chair looked like before




Amazing right? It's like getting new chairs. Adding another layer of foam made a huge difference too. I have to say thank you to my BFF for suggesting that.



Fabric is a Target shower curtain the foam was purchased at Walmart here and
Batting was from my local fabric shop similar





I hope this tutorial helps. If you have any questions leave a comment or email me. XO




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