Jamie Ueda
Jamie Ueda
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  • New York, NY

Painting and Reupholstering a Chair


I had chairs that were in great condition but outdated. I wanted to give them a fresh look for spring so I decided to paint and reupholster them.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
A great update on an outdated chair for spring!
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
I started with this chair, the wood frame is in fairly good condition.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Flip the chair over to see where the screws are located and remove the padded seat by unscrewing it from the frame.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Once the seat is removed, take out the staples holding the fabric to the seat pad. I like to use a flat-head screwdriver to loosen the staples and then pull them out with needle nose pliers.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Use the old fabric as a pattern guide to cut your new fabric. Cut your new fabric being careful to leave enough around the perimeter so you have something to pull taut. When choosing a fabric keep in mind the scale of your fabric to the size of the chair, if you have a print with huge flowers and a small chair you may end up with only a portion of the flower showing.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Using a staple gun, fold the edge of the fabric over and staple. It's easiest to start with the straight edges first and then do the round edges.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Cut away excess fabric from the corners and round edges.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Create multiple folds along the round edge of the seat, you may want to do this a few times before stapling to check and make sure the fabric is smooth on top. Once your folds are smooth, staple them down.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
For the wood frame of the chair, gently sand out any knicks or blemishes. This also helps the paint stick to the chair. I chose a spray paint with a built in primer, spray multiple light coats instead of one thick coat to help prevent the paint from running.
painting and reupholstering a chair, painted furniture, reupholster
Once the paint on the chair is dry, reattach the seat!

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  • Bonnie Lewenza
    on Apr 18, 2014

    Very nice I love them but I could never use white as I have cats. I do need to redo mine though.

    • Jamie Ueda
      on Apr 19, 2014

      Thanks! Yeah lucky for me I have no cats so I could do white for spring/summer. Would love to see how your chairs turn out!

  • Miriam I
    on Apr 18, 2014

    Welcome to Hometalk, Jaime! Love this transformation! @Diana Mackie check it out!

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