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Monday, October 11, 2010

Project of the day: Re-Cover some Chairs

I decided to do a little reupholstering today! I have these two great chairs that my mom bought for me from a garage sale a few years back. I use them whenever we need extra chairs for company.

The chairs were covered in a green and purple geometric fabric that wasn't bad, it just didn't go with anything in our house.

So I decided to cover them in some Ikea fabric I had leftover from making some pillows. Here is the fabric:

And here are the chairs after I re-covered them:

What do you think? It was actually a pretty easy project! The hardest part was detaching the seat from the frame of the chair. They were attached with these screws that had a square opening on the head instead of the typical flat or phillips heads. I had to make a special trip to Lowes to get a square ended screw driver. After I got the seat off I draped the fabric over the seat to see where I wanted the pattern to fall. Then I cut the fabric generously to give me enough to work with. I started on the front and used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the underside of the seat. I didn't even remove the old fabric. I just put the new right over it. Then making sure the fabric was pulled as tight as I could get it I stapled it all around. Whenever I would staple one side I would then staple in the same place on the opposite side. I had the fabric and the staple gun so all this project cost me was the price of the square driver which was $6. Not bad! Now I will be proud to bring them out when we have company. Heck, now that they're so nice I might just leave them out all the time!

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  1. they look great! will you cover my loveseat? :)

  2. Lindsey I love the fabric on the chairs! and I love the chairs! keep up the great blogging! I enjoy reading every post.
    You should check out
    She is a stay at home mom in Alaska and she is quite crafty. She builds her own furniture and shows you how you can make the same projects too! Keep up the great work on your blog!