How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion (& a Chair Makeover!)

If you want to get into upcycling/recycling furniture, working on a cheap chair is a great way to start. With just a few coats of paint and some new upholstery, you can easily give a piece a face lift.
Here is a chair I started with; I got it from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Here's the fabric I used. It's a soft and stretchy knit. I think that having the extra stretch was helpful when pulling it over the cushion, but remember, if your fabric has a pattern, you don't want to stretch the fabric so much that it will distort the pattern.
First I ripped off the murky cursive fabric that it came with. Then I cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit over the entire cushion, including over all four edges.

Use a staple gun to staple along one side first. Neatly fold and tuck the corners while stapling. Continue stapling until you've covered the entire cushion. Trim the excess fabric.
And here's the final reupholstered cushion from the front!
Before and after...
For more reupholstering tips and pictures, as well as details about the painting process, check out the full post on my blog below!

By Brittany Goldwyn
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