Chairs are my favorite to transform. They are so easy and can make such a impact. Whether you are redoing them for your dining room table or just need a feature chair, these can be a cheap, quick project, especially for the novice diy'er.
Quick and Easy Chair Redo
Like many of my projects, this was found in Missouri for a great price! I wanted something classic yet casual looking for my shabby chic beachy theme and this seemed to fit the bill!
And of course, at the time, I did not take a process pic of painting the chair, but I simply cleaned it with soap and water and gave it two coats of Chalk paint. Once dried, I waxed it for the seal.
Quite happy with the result, I moved on to the cushion. This type I find, is so easy to recover. I have no idea if of course, if my method is correct but it seems to look good to me!
Once I removed the cushion, I turned it over and took out all the staples. Don't throw out the old material however, it will come in handy for the next step.
The old cushion was in great shape so I reused it. Some chairs I like to add more cushion depending on it's use, but for a dining table, it seemed good enough. Also, the wood board that the material and foam sit on was in great shape so I was able to reuse it. Most times, this has been the case, thankfully.
I added a piece of batting on top of that. I then used the old piece of material as a template to cut the new material. The new material btw, was old curtains I had kept. The material was quite heavy so I knew when I changed them, they would make good upholstery material.
I laid the foam with batting and wood board upside down on the underside of the material.
Starting on one side, I put in one staple on each side to hold the material in place. Once this is done, I turn it around and take a look to make sure I like the placement of the material and that it's straight. If there is a pattern on your material, this step is very important. Learnt that the hard way.
Next, I move on to the corners. This took me a long time to master. And using the word master is pretty brave as I still have a hard time sometimes, depening on the chair.
Start by grabbing one end of the material, pulling up, tuck it tight up against the board and put in a staple.
Next fold over the material over the staple you just put in and before you staple it, take a look at how the corner looks on the other side. If it doesn't look good to you, you can play around with it until it works. Always keep the material very tight as you are pinning it in place.
Continue on to the other corners and fill in the sides, pulling tight as you go. You may have to remove staples here and there and redo, this is completely normal. Well, in my world it is.....
Most times, you will have excess material, just trim it off to expose the holes for the screws.
Flip it over, admire your work and screw it back on. If you find some places are not tight enough or the material does not look smooth, just remove a staple and redo it.
There you have it.
Here is the finished product, it works well for my kitchen and cost under $20!