Monday, January 28, 2013

Dinning Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover

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You have no idea how much I have been hating my dinning room chairs. They have gone through a lot with me. They have been around for about seven years and over six moves with three being states moves. Lets not forget also having a baby. It 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!

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1. We remove the strip. All we needed was to pull hard because it was being help with glue.
2. Then it was time to remove the top fabric by removing the staples.
3. The foam was also stapled so I needed to remove more staples.
4. Yes, the cardboard was stapled in as well. I am starting to hate staples a lot!
5. Now to remove any lingering staples. 

The seat of the chair was much more easily removed 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 staining was tried.

While the sealer is trying we tacked the seat. We used the original fabric to trace a pattern in which to cut the  new fabric.  

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

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

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

My mother inlaw Laurie help me pick out the fabric at Joann's and I am just in love with it. It has all my favorite color in it. Can you guess which is my most favorite color?
We cut two circle circle of fabric one the exact size of the cardboard and the other half and inch bigger all around.

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 work very nicely. 

1. Once the adhesive was dry I place the cardboard back into the back of the chair and stapled it in place.
2. I place the foam on top of the cardboard and stapled it in place.
3. I used the fabric which I cut half and 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.

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

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 sew it over the rope.
4. Ta-Da! Now its time to hot glue it!

Super simple to do! 

Can you see the difference now! It so much better than before and all it take its 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 its not that hard just give it a try.

Till next time stay crafty!!


JeniV said...

Wow! They look great! You are very brave!

designitgirlblog said...

Love it! great job Loren...

4 You With Love said...

What a great did great!

Dana DeVolk said...

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Feral Turtle said...

You chairs are just unbelievably stunning! I love love love the fabrics you chose. Good job girl!

Lauren said...

Great job. I would love to reupholster a chair, but it is very intimidating to me. I don't think I am smart enough to figure it out. I am impressed with your skills. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would check it out.

Cinthya Travis said...

The chairs are incredible. You are a natural at this whole upholstering thing. I absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing. :)

Katie Drane said...

Awesome tutorial, Loren!! Love it:)


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Katie @ Creatively Living said...

WoW! What a makeover! Looks fantastic!

Angela said...

Love how your chairs turned out, I have that project on my to-do list, you have inspired me to get going :)

Sarah said...

I love this! I salvaged six chairs from a neighbor's curb last fall...they are patiently waiting to be painted/reupholstered once the weather warms up. This has inspired me to start choosing fabrics. I am so glad to have found your lovely blog...I will be referring to this post often, I imagine. :)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Beautiful! I have some old chairs that need some TLC!!

Designed Decor said...

What a georgous makeover. I love the new and bold colors. Great job!

Diane Higdon said...

New follower via the RoadKill Rescue. I love what you did with the chair. The colors are awesome. Great re-do!!! :)

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Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework} said...

So pretty! What a transformation! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
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Sarah said...

It turned out beautiful. I love the fabric selection. I keep thinking I want to reupholster a chair but alas I haven't been that brave yet. If you get a chance come link up at my Tuesday Pin Party.

Bethany said...

Fabulous transformation! I love the colors! I do have a big project that I have been putting off. Partly due to the weather, since I need to work in the garage and its so dang cold in there. But that is just what I keep telling myself. Thanks for the share!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

What a big difference! I had yet to try reupholstering a chair like that bc it looked so difficult. Thanks for sharing!
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Jenny Piirto said...

I LOVE this chair and I love the fabric even more! Well done. These types of upholstery jobs are always intimidating at first when you are restoring older furniture. It turned out amazing!

Lindsey Fisher said...

Love this! So cute!

I would like to invite you to link up to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!
You would fit right in and we would love to have you!

Hope to see you there!


Jensamom23 said...

I have a rocking chair that I want to do the exact same thing to...this has given me the courage to try. Thanks ever so much!

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