Asked on Aug 5, 2020

How can i recover these moulded bar chairs?

Agnes ChrzanowskaFlipturnAdrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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Any suggestions how to recover these bar stools? One piece of faux leather and stuck down with industrial sewn edges!

13 answers
  • Nan W.
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Shirley: it looks in good condition... in a neutral color. Nice! I would leave them. But you could make a cushion for the seat and a pillow-case-like cover for the back.

    • Shirley
      on Aug 5, 2020

      They are battered at each side due to kids swinging from side to side and hitting table! Tried to get replacement seat parts but unsuccessful. Stand is okay. I will try that. Thankyou for taking the time to help me.

  • Em
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Have never tried this but hear Annie Sloan chalk paint works well on vinyl. Followed by Annie Sloan wax after a day to let the paint set. OR you could add a back stencil and a seat cushion that ties underneath.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Aug 5, 2020

    I agree with the painting them idea. They're in great shape and paint might just give you exactly the change you're looking for!

  • Shirley
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Thanks for replying. They are actually damaged at sides where kids have been swinging and hitting table left then right ,then Repeat repeat🙄

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Aug 5, 2020

    You could try to recover on top of existing. It looks like this will be a difficult task as you can see the entire "back" of the stool. Consider making a slip cover for the back and recover the seat, stapling underneath. You might be able to find a coordinating print for the seat and leave the back, only recovering the seat.

  • Shirley
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Yes may try that. Thankyou

  • Redcatcec
    on Aug 6, 2020

    Hmmm, it looks like the seats and back are in good condition, it's the trim borders that are messed up. Can you cut them off with something like an electric knife or a utility knife-be careful, apply a new border strip with a hot glue gun? Just a thought.

  • Flipturn
    on Aug 7, 2020

    Cutting the edge seams off would expose the inside foam padding and cause the raw edges to fray and disintegrate quickly.


    Any kind of trim that you attempt to attach over this exposed area with a hot glue gun will not be sturdy enough withstand or stay attached even with normal use of the chairs.

  • Flipturn
    on Aug 7, 2020

    How are the seats attached to the stands? Can they be separated?


    If so, then it might be possible to sew a tight fitting cover for the entire seat (back and bottom). Slip it over the chair, then fold the front portion back under itself (like a pillow sham) and staple to the underside of the seat.


    An upholstery shop would be able to make new vinyl covers for the chairs, but the cost may be more than you feel the chairs are worth.

  • Janice
    on Aug 7, 2020

    Hi Shirley, a possible solution would be to purchase some rolls of decorative duct tape and apply to the damaged edges. You might be able to make it look intentional if you figued out a modern design to include on the seats and backs of the bar stools. The duct tape is quite easy to work with and you might come up with something quite unique.

    https://www.savingssarah.com/2015/07/27/20-handy-uses-for-duct-tape/

  • I would do a slip cover in a different fabric. Then you can take them off and wash if necessary.

  • Flipturn
    on Aug 10, 2020

    A slip cover will 'slip' over the chair seat only if you are able to first remove it from the frame/stand. The other hurdle to using a slip cover on a curved seat is how to anchor it on so that it stays in place, and does not slip around, twist, bunch up, or ride up when people sit down and get up off the chair.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Sep 1, 2020

    I would do a slip cover in a different fabric. Then you can take them off and wash if necessary.

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