21st Feb2013


Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I am honored to showcase another great DIY furniture tutorial by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box today!  Here is her Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover.  Thanks, Loren!

chair repair upholstery makeover

Written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box

You have no idea how much I have been hating my dining room chairs. They have gone through a lot with me. They have been around for about seven years, with six moves to three states and a new baby. It’s a new year and I wanted to bring some color to my home and lighten things up.  I was very lucky to have my wonderful mother in-law over for the holiday season and she gave the courage to tackle this big project.

This project is rated C for Courage.

The wonderful part was that we got to bond and I did not even have to ask more than once because the next thing I knew she was tearing it apart. It was fantastic!

Removing fabric from chair

We removed the strip by pulling hard because it was only held with glue.  We had to remove all the staples in the top fabric, foam, cardboard, and any other lingering staples. I am starting to hate staples a lot at this point!

staining chair

The seat of the chair was easier to remove because it was just screwed in. Once all the fabric was off you will I needed to stain parts of the chair because time has not been gentle.  I also used a sealer by Krylon once the stain dried.  While the sealer was drying we tacked the seat. We used the original fabric to trace a pattern to cut the new fabric.

chair seat fabric

As you can see the old fabric was pretty beat up!

Covers chair seat

All we needed to do was wrap the fabric around the foam, the wooden base and staple it.

seat reupholstering

After all has been said and done all we needed to do was screw it back in to the chair base.

Fabric

My mother in-law Laurie helped me pick out the fabric at Joann’s and I am just in love with it. It has all my favorite colors in it. Can you guess what my favorite color is?

We cut two circles of fabric one the exact size of the cardboard and the other half and inch bigger all around.

back chair panel

On the backside of the cardboard I had to glue the new fabric to it with spray on adhesive. I used Elmer’s Craft Bond. It worked very nicely.

Reupholstering dinning room chair

1. Once the adhesive was dry I placed the cardboard back into the back of the chair and stapled it in place.

2. I placed the foam on top of the cardboard and stapled it in place.

3. I used the fabric which I cut half an inch larger and stapled it to the inside of the chair. I tried not to pull the fabric too much because I wanted to keep some dimension to it.

4. I cut out any remnant that was sticking out once it was stapled.

Reupholstering Chair

Here is how the back looks like once it was place in! Now it gives a pop of color from the back and the front. It’s time to finish the front. Just a couple more steps.

Chair reupholstering

1 & 2. We used the original lining strip and removed the old fabric.

3. We took the fabric that we used on the seat of the chair to sew it over the rope.

4. Ta-Da! Now it’s time to hot glue it!

Reupholstering back of chair

Super simple to do!

Reupholstering Chair before

Can you see the difference now! It is so much better than before and all it takes is the courage to start. Do you have a project that you have been putting off because you think you can’t do it? Well guess what you are not the only one but it’s not that hard just give it a try.

Chair redo

chair repair upholstery makeover

Till next time stay crafty!!

-Loren

Don’t forget to visit Loren on her Facebook page and say hello!

 

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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2 Responses to “Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover”

  • Lillian

    It looks fabulous!!

  • Holly

    I know you said JoAnn’s for the material. Do you know if you’ve seen it lately? I’ve looked high & low at my store and not a bit of it. I’m in love with it too and need to find it to re-do this ottoman I have. Your chairs look fantastic and I can only hope my project turns out half as good!

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