This weekend I decided to stay in…which often happens, but usually entails me working or reading books…but this time Jesus said he wanted me to take some “me” time and doing some projects around the house that I’ve wanted to get to since forever – diy chair reupholstery.
First I manicured my nails, then I headed to Hancock Fabrics here in Chicago to pick up the new fabrics. I decided to do 2 patterned chairs and 2 plain chairs and the outcome was much better than I expected. My facebook friends requested I do a step-by-step…so here goes.
Step 1: Unscrew seat from frame using a screw driver. Remove the first layer of staples, that connect the bottom cover, using the butter knife and needle nose pliers. Although you don’t have to do this, it will help give a seamless look when finished.
Step 2: Align the seat upside down and lay the top of the fabric face down. Ensure the fabric is evenly spread to adequately cover the seat, then cut with scissors. With a heavy duty stapler, begin stapling right over the old fabric adding a staple every inch or so. Be sure to plug the fabric tight for smooth look. Don’t be afraid to restaple if need be. My heavy duty stapler apparently required a 200+ pound person, which I am not, to ensure the staples went all the way in. Use the hammer to flatten any strays.
Step 3: Pay extra close attention the corner. Try to make sure are the creases are on the bottom of the seat so they corners look nice and smooth up top. Be sure to flip chair over frequently to make sure everything looks good up top. Again, do not be afraid to restaple to make sure the fabric is pulled as tight as it can get.
Step 4: Cut off all excess fabric using scissors. This is especially if using leatherette fabric like I did for 2 chairs because it creates a bulky look that will make it to difficult reapply the top layer (my top layer was white, as you can see in the collage photo). Staple the top layer back to the chair.
Step 5: Using the screwdriver, screw the seat back to the frame. I had to put my chairs upside down on my counter top then stand on a chair on top of the upside down chair to get the screws all the way back in. Don’t judge me! lol
Step 6: Stand back, admire your work, and snap pics for Instagram!! lol
Thanks to my nephew, baby cousin, and my step sons (all three are 4 )…my chairs were AWFUL!! I fixed that with the leatherette chairs, which they will only be allowed to sit on! HA!
Sidenote: Jake was so mad, see him in the background, at the hammering and the stapling he just decided to chill by the door. LOL My poor pooch.