Turn Upholstered Dining Chair Seats Into Wood!


Look at these nasty seat covers before, to give you an idea of how old they were, horse hair was used for the padding.
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Originally I was going to make a patterned from these and upholster the seats again. I was a little worried about upholstered chairs as I do have 3 young children but I couldn't think of a better idea .... until my husband suggested making wood tops instead. Brilliant right??!! The only problem was I had never done that before.....until now!
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
First I stripped the chairs all the way down and painted them in a custom mixed cream color.
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Next I cut out wood to be the base for the new tops
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Then it got a little tricky, I had to make a template for my seats.
To get the back curve right I used a protractor, it worked like a charm. I wanted my seat tops to hang over roughly a 1/2 inch.
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Once we had the template cut out we traced them on to our sheet pine. You can buy sheets of pine like this from Lowes. (notice Dave's finger, he sliced it open with a table saw so use caution on this next step)
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Once everything was all traced we used a jigsaw to cut out the curved back and then ran the straight edges through the table saw.
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
And this is what you get!
turn upholstered dining chair seats into wood, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
To stain my chairs I first used Miniwaxes Dark Walnut, once that stain had dried I applied Miniwaxes Cherry stain over the top to warm it up just a bit!
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  • Ajc
    on Sep 20, 2018

    Excellent work! I wonder about the front corners being slightly rounded and how that might integrate more with the frame.

  • Gaetane
    on Oct 21, 2018

    Really like this, was just wondering if you also did the tabletop!!! because the stain colors match perfectly!!!

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