I starting by taking the bottoms and backs off the chairs and removing the existing upholstery and padding. I used pliers and a flat head screw driver to remove each staple. This can be tricky and time consuming but stay with it!
Curb Side Trash to MCM Treasure
Curb side finds can be amazing but sometimes you have to look hard for the potential. These chairs had great curves and a solid structure – definitely worth saving. Here's how I rescued these chairs from the trash and gave them new life.
I gave the frames a light sanding with 220 grit sand paper and cleaned them with a degreaser. I used TSP.
Looking better already!
I primed and painted each chair. I used a flat black but ended up needing a top coat to prevent chipping so they have a bit of a sheen.
I decided to leave the back of the chairs open and only replace the seats.
I used 1 ½” padding and cut it to fit the shape of the seat backing. I added a thin layer of batting and used a spray adhesive to hold it in place. Leave extra to wrap around the sides and adhere to the bottom.
I saved the original upholstery to use as a template and cut my fabric to size. Using a staple gun, I worked my way around the edges to attach the new fabric.
All that was left was to reattach the seats with the original screws and brackets that I saved.
I love how these turned out – you would never know they were headed to the trash.