3.26.2013

Dining Chairs Reupholstered

So, this weekend I accomplished another important task in our dining room saga. Reupholstering the dining room chairs that I recently found at Goodwill. Listen, there are a million and one videos and tutorials on recovering chairs like these, but I will walk you through the process in case you are interested. If not, just skip down to the final product. :)

Remember these pretty things? I am sure they are not everyone's cup of tea, but I love them and love the chunky look of them. I also love the detail work on the top part.


I looked online for fabric and had some that I liked but decided to check out Hancock Fabrics before I purchased anything else. I came upon these beauties and debated if I was going over the edge with my bird obsession (I have a slight one) or not. But then, after thinking about it, I decided to go for it since you should buy things that you love and these made me happy. Plus, Louisa approved! :) The bottom fabric is more gray than blue, even though it looks bluish in the pictures. Also-- this is outdoor fabric which translates: more durable!! I might also go over and spray it with Scotch-guard for extra measure.



After double checking with Steve that it wasn't too girly for his manly self to sit on, I began taking the covers off...Unscrew them- they pop off.


Then take your flat headed screwdriver and use the muscle that you have to pop the staples out. If there are stubborn staples, yank them out with pliers.


Next up, take the old fabric off. Throw it away- no one will want this! Lay the current piece of seat on the new fabric. Use a heavy duty upholstery-staple-gun (we already had this laying around from our last upholstery job).


Pull the fabric tight and staple away. Use heavy duty staples. The corners are a bit tricky sometimes but you can figure it out- remember that the staples are your friend- they will hold that fabric just how you want it.

Tada! Screw it back in and there you have it! 



I do love the natural wood look, for some reason! I always envisioned myself painting it white though... I plan to live with it like this for a few days and then see how I feel about it.



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