DIY: Reupholster Furniture

Happy Monday you guys! I don’t know about you, but for some reason this Monday has really got me turned upside down. My brain does not want to work with me today.

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This picture perfectly displays my feelings at the moment.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and shared the love with your mom, or special loved ones. What I want to share with you today is another project that my mom and I decided to take on! It was quite an experience to say the least, but I would most definitely do it again.

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My parents scored this amazing wood, 1960’s 7 piece dining room set. I LOVE the detail, but the fuzzy, rayon big bird colored fabric had to go. I wanted this old fashioned design to have a modern twist. I love old things and I love even more, combining the old with the new. Instead of buying a new piece of furniture, its great to sometimes reevaluate what you already own and give it a facelift!

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Here is a before and after shot. I will show you exactly how I did this project and what is required.

For six chairs, I used almost EXACTLY 2 yards of fabric. It’s great if you can get your fabric on sale considering that upholstery fabric is pricier than regular fabric.

You need a staple gun, and upholstery staples. Make sure you buy actual staples intended for furniture. You would never want anything too long that would poke someone’s tooshie!

The chairs measured 17″ long, 20″ at the wide point (the front), and 2″ high. I googled how much fabric to purchase and honestly it was hard to really know. Your best bet is to actually look at the fabric once its laid out for cutting and measure it along with someone with fabric cutting experience of course!

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The first step is to unscrew all four screws underneath. You can use a power drill if you have one, or a regular screw driver will do the trick. We left the screws in the chair while working on the cushions.

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Next, we laid the seat pad just like so onto the fabric. We decided to leave the original fabric on because it gives the chair some extra padding, plus the fabric is solid so I don’t have to worry about the color showing through the new fabric at all. Before you cut around the cushion you have to make sure to give yourself enough fabric to work with on EACH side.

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First you need to staple across the FRONT of you chair, that is the widest part of the seat.

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Second, you want to staple the BACK of your seat so that the fabric is tight across the surface.

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My back corners were tricky because of the way my chairs are designed. You see the corners dip in around the frame of the back. There really is no right way to fold the corners down and in.

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You can watch tutorials and learn different techniques, but it really is a personal preference and it really depends on the density of your material.

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Once you have the front and back of the seat stapled, then have your back corners folded and stapled.

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You trace the fabric up the sides of the chair, making sure you pull it tight until you reach the front corner, you play with the fabric almost like wrapping a present until you get the perfect fold and crease.

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Here is the finished product, then you screw the cushion back onto the chair frame. It’s ok if your holes are covered by fabric, the screws can penetrate through.

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These chairs really put a modern touch on this retro table set, don’t you agree?

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So there you have it. A look into my experience with reupholstering.

I hope you have a great night. More fashion posts coming soon!

until next time,

stay cute, stay sweet.

xoxo,

marcy b

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6 comments

  1. Gwen Hilburn · · Reply

    Awesome!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Thanks Gwen! xoxo

  2. Great DIY! Looks really chic. 😀

    1. Thanks girlie! It was time consuming for sure, but worth it in the long run. I love the way they turned out. 😀 xo

  3. Love it! They look great 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I love them too. xoxo

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