Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DIY Re-upholstering

stapleguns beforechair chairfame

Recently (last week), I took it upon myself to figure out how to re-upholster my kitchen chairs. So I borrowed one staple gun (for one size staples) from my best friend, and Jamie had the other staple gun, which was for another size staple, which I ended up using both in the end. Our chairs came with the table, which came with our house when we bought it in late 2007. Over the years, the boys as toddlers have gotten them quite filthy. They're really hard to wash. So, I hunted down (at Fabricville) a material that would wipe right down. I chose a nice dark grey color, and did some youtube video watching on re-upholstering chairs. I ended up re-watching this video a few times before starting.

cushion stapledunder

I unscrewed the seat from the chair frame, and put it on my pre-cut material.

staplinggun beforeandafter

I then began stapling away. (Right picture is one before and one after chair).

chairsdone chairsdone1

We now have 4 nicely covered chairs, that are like new again. I'm quite impressed with my re-upholstering skills. This is something that I had fun doing and would totally do again. I wish it were this easy to re-upholster a couch! We have some couches in our basement that need an uplifting. I even got a 2 thumbs up from Mackenzie! He noticed them right away when he got home from daycare the day I finished working on them.

I love the fact that once dinner (breakfast or lunch) is over, I can easily wipe down the chairs. One of the chairs was so bad, that it had smushed in Lucky Charms that Mack had sat on and squished into the chair seat. The stain from the colors wouldn't come out in the material the chairs were before. So glad that I have an easy cleaning time now.


Maureen said...

I have all the supplies ready to recover my dining room chairs too! They are easily 10 years old, fairly worn, and the colors do not go with our house.

I just need to bite the bullet and DO it - thanks for the incentive!!

sapphireblue said...

Great job. I bet you saved some money with that project.

Dawn said...

Wow, I love the new fabric! And the fact that they wipe off...fabulous!

Sandra said...

great job. I recover my dining room chairs on a fairly regular basis. (which means I strip them right down - take off the old, and put new fabric on). Next up, a pretty leaf green damask fabric to replace the stripy stuff on them now. What can I say? I get bored, and as you know, it's a quick fix! The vinyl you used is brilliant for small kids.

Mitali Ruths said...

Whoa. Nice work.

g-girl said...

they turned out great! :)

Girl Knits said...

They really did turn out great!