How to Recover a Chair

I've been busy, busy, busy over here the last couple of days doing a starting few new projects and finishing up old ones. Things that I started, but for some reason never finished and other things that I've been thinking about starting but never did. Today I'm sharing one that I started but never finished, and I can't believe I didn't because it only took me about 15 minuets to finish it up!

I've had my antique dining room table and chairs for about 2.5 years now and told myself during that time that I would recover the seats. But, I never did because I can be so indecisive! I'm not 100% set on this fabric, but it didn't cost much so I won't feel bad about changing it up down the road. This is what I started with - a beautiful antique chair with an ugly seat fabric.

Side note, y'all, this is such an easy project and one that you can do, even if you are a beginner at this diy stuff. All you really need is a staple gun and the instructions that you can download right here. Read through the post to make sure you understand everything, print off the instructions, grab your fabric, and staple gun and you are ready to staple!

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Here's what you'll need

:: Seat to be recovered ::
:: Fabric ::
:: Screw Driver ::
:: Scissors ::

Cut out the fabric with an extra inch or two to account for overhang. Than lay it out and place the seat on top, making sure that the pattern is how you want it. Starting at the top, staple the fabric onto the seat. Then pull the fabric tightly and staple the opposite end. Side note, I have this staple gun and love it! It has held up very well several years and is still going strong.

Next, you'll want to staple the sides. Again, making sure that the fabric stays nice and tight and there are no wrinkles on the other side. Once all the sides are stapled, its time for the corners. 

Getting the corners folded correctly can be a challenge. Just keep working the fabric until it's nice and pretty with only 1 fold showing - remember it's like wrapping a gift. Cut some of the fabric off so that it doesn't get too bulky.

Once done, each corner should look like the above and have a finished look on the outside. Now it's time to re-attach the seat back to the chair. Pretty, pretty, pretty! 

Ready for a side by side before and after?

All in all, it only takes about 15-20 mins to recover each chair. Next time, I won't wait so long to recover my chairs! Now make sure to get the instructions. Just print it off and you are ready to recover your own chairs! 

What projects have you been working on this week? Any fabric or chair projects going on? See more DIY projects here

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1 comment

  1. Oooh so pretty! I really like the fabric you chose! Thanks so much for sharing, Kimberly!

    ~Abby =)


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