Here’s a little DIY project we did this past weekend. Meet our 14 year old hand-me-down dining room set. She has been impatiently sitting in the corner of the spare bedroom begging for our attention. We had big plans for this since day one and now it’s her chance to shine bright…like a diamond. Repainting and re-upholstery-ing…we were all over it! There are many different ways to “beautify” your hand-me-downs, but this was ours.
Fabric was from Hobby Lobby bought at 40% off with their coupon (we NEVER buy things full price there!).
This is what it looks like before:
First things first: remove the wheels, fabric, hardware, etc. Phillip’s head screw driver became our Adam’s best friends in order to remove the screws that connected the seat of the chair.
We used an All and a hammer to loosen the staples enough to get until I got under the edges. Then I used the hammer to bang on the All to get under the staple just enough where I could pry them up making it easier to yank out.
The 4 nuts and bolts holding the bottom of the chair arms to the seat were removed using a 1/2 inch wrench
The arm rests were removed from the chair to make it easier to finish the next step.
The cushions and fabric had to remain in tact in order to have the fabric measured correctly and to finish the chair.
Tip: use permanent marker and mark ev-er-y-thing. Everything! This helps you to know what goes where when you are trying to connect the dots at the end.
This part took the most patience: lining the fabric up with the cushions. There may or may not have been a few times where we got a little excited before realized the cushion wasn’t completely covered and had to start all over again
Four hands are required. While I was stapling the fabric, Ashley was pulling it as snug as it could get. One of our biggest issue we kept having was the fact that the staples were not going in all the way, so it had to be hammered.
Note to self: get staples that have angled ends to help drive them into wood easier.
The next steps we just used our judgement to determine how we wanted to continue reupholstering the chair. We started with the rounded edge on the bottom of the cushion because it gave us more room to play with on the other side of the cushion.
|Stapling in some of the original cardboard lining.|
|Hammering in the staples.
We didn’t add the next step which was stapling the back fabric on. We ended up laying the fabric in and folding it inward at the top. We stapled it to the back and then did that until we got to the bottom. Then we hot glued the fabric together at the bottom.
|The rope lining the inside made the creases stand out more.|
And here she is good as new: