Sunday, September 8, 2013

Recovering my Dining Room Chairs

staple gun

A few weeks ago, after scrolling through Pinterest and being inspired by pictures of beautiful homes, I decided I wanted to update my dining room chairs. I definitely wanted to recover them, and maybe even paint them.  Their current fabric wasn't bad, I just wanted something I really loved, instead of something I thought was just ok. Plus, recovering chairs is so cheap and easy to do, why not change the fabric to one I really love. Currently, I love ikat prints, so I went to and searched for ikat and found tons of cute options. Here are the three I was deciding between, next to a picture of the dining room colors they needed to go with.

 I ended up settling on this one.  I thought it was pretty and the best option color wise for the room.

I took the cushions off the chairs, which is easily done by unscrewing it from the wooden frame. I removed the current fabric on the chairs, to reveal the original fabric when I bought them, a coral fabric. I traced the seat on my fabric, leaving about 2 extra inches all the way around. Then I realized you could see the old coral fabric showing through my new fabric.

To fix the problem, I cut out some white fabric to cover the coral showing through.

 I laid down the seat centered on the white fabric.

Using my staple gun I stapled one side of the fabric to the chair.

Then, making sure to pull the fabric tightly around the seat, I stapled the opposite side.

I did the same on the other two sides.

I tried to fold the fabric around the corners nicely, but there's probably a better way to do this.

Next I did the same thing with my ikat fabric.

Here's how the seat cushion looks with the fabric all stapled on.

Here's the chair minus the cushion.

The chair Before and After

at the table

And a close up on the cushion.

What do you think? Do you like the new fabric better? Should I paint the chairs or leave them?

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