Reupholstering 101

I found this chair just down the street on the sidewalk and I’m still praying that I didn’t accidentally mess up some kid’s plan to set up a lemonade stand.

This post is called Reupholstering 101 because I’ve never reupholstered something in my life and this project was really easy. The chair was in pretty good condition – a few marks on the seat but the wood was clean and sturdy. So I took it home.

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Once I got it home I let it sit in the kitchen for a few weeks. That step is unnecessary. Finally the day came and I had enough time and energy to go pick out fabric at JoAnn’s! I chose this fabric because the circle in the print is a great size to create a focal point on the chair and the color combination has great contrast. It’s not too crazy.

I unscrewed the seat from the chair and spray painted it outside. Even though I was painting it on gravel and weeds I still put newspaper down.

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If you’re spray painting on anything really – you’ll want to cover the surface with newspaper or a tarp or something so you don’t end up with paint on your mother’s deck. That would be bad. Really bad. So be smart and put a covering down!

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I have the hardest time being patient with spray paint. I know you’re supposed to do light strokes, back and forth. But for Pete’s sake that takes a long time! I’ll admit I got a little impatient towards the end and did a few long strokes. Then I ran out of paint. Luckily, my mother-in-law had three other cans of black spray paint so I was back in business pretty quickly and finished painting!

Back inside I started on the seat cushion. I lined up the pattern right in the middle and pinned the edges in place. This helped the fabric stay centered while I figured out how best to proceed.

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Ideally you would use a staple gun with staples meant for a staple gun. Like I said, I get impatient. I used a stapler.

Don’t judge. I’m not trying to sell this chair so I don’t need to impress anyone with professional grade staples. However, if you live in the Phoenix valley and you want to make an offer on it – be my guest!

When it comes to the corners pull the fabric tight in little sections, overlapping them and trying to avoid puckering.

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Staple all the way around the seat cover making sure to pull the fabric taut. Cut away the excess fabric & voila!

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There you have it, a brand new seat cover. Because the old cover was in pretty good shape I left it on there and double covered the seat with this new fabric. My Mom suggested it, saying it would help the chair wear better. Less work? Sounds good to me!

On my first round of painting the chair I had missed a few nooks and crannies so I went back through and did some touch-up painting. Unfortunately that meant more waiting. I think it was worth it though. After a few hours I attached the new seat back onto the chair and there you have it!

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I was so pleased with how it turned out! It was a great project to learn how to reupholster furniture because all I needed to cover was the seat. I would highly recommend starting with something like this – simple and quick.

If y’all have any suggestions or tips for bigger reupholstering projects I’d love to hear them! I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

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