I'm slowly working through some of the projects that have been lingering around Cottage & Vine. One project was to find a chair for our son's new (to him) secretary desk in his room. I happened to find a great little chair for only $5 at a local thrift store.
The chair was small in scale and with a fresh coat of paint and a fun fabric, I knew it would be perfect! Recovering dining chairs is easy enough, but I'm always surprised to find that people are afraid to try it. I thought I would share the steps I go through - and really start to finish, it only takes five minutes or less.
Most seat cushions are secured with screws so I remove those first. You may or may not want to remove the old fabric - it is usually a good idea. As a side note, I lightly sanded, primed, and painted my chair first. I normally cut my fabric so that 2-3" will wrap the back of the seat. I lay the fabric face down with the seat cushion top down and centered on the fabric. This project is much easier if you work on a table so that you can stand while working. Next, the fabric gets secured with staples every 2" or so inches. I usually begin in the center of one side and work my way to the end, then the other end. Then I start on the opposite side, pulling the fabric tight as I staple.
I continue stapling each side all the way to the corner.
The finally step is to staple the corners down and trim the excess fabric.
Once the fabric is on, I reattach the chair pad to the chair.
I'm a big fan of chair pads and those are a must for painted wood floors.
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