How to Recover a Chair With Denim

4 Materials
2 Days
I love working with denim, it is so versatile and hard wearing. This project is inspired by the idea of combining a traditional chair with modern patchwork denim. I was curious to see how the two very different eras of style would fit together. I found a chair on a second hand website just waiting for some attention...
I started the project stripping back the chair to the springs, prepping the wood and painting with chalk paint. I love working with chalk paint as the only preparation is to wash down the surface first.
Whilst waiting for the paint to dry I pieced together denim from various jeans. I was careful to remove waistbands - the thought of trying to stretch a waistband taught around a wooden arm didn't appeal! My sewing machine is not too keen on various thicknesses of denim, I suggest changing to a denim sewing machine needle plus a walking foot. Stitch slowly with a long stitch, your sewing machine will thank you!
Gradually I rebuilt the chair, starting with hessian, then fire retardant foam before placing, stretching and attaching the denim. Visit my blog post to see a time lapse video and step by step pictures of the chair being rebuilt.
Suggested materials:
  • Denim   (thrift store)
  • Chalk paint   (DIY store)
  • Foam   (upholstery store)
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  • Lady Luck Lady Luck on Oct 28, 2020

    I want to make denim couches...our covers for my couch set at home typical three piece 3 seater 2-seater single-seater so looking for any ideas on how to put it together? Have you done anything like this in the past take original Furniture apart to the wood and repair...or would it not be cost effective ? I have saved white ,red and blue denim I I

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