Recovering Dining Room Chairs

I mentioned here that my friend Christy and I scored some great fabric at great prices at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store. Christy inherited a beautiful mahogany dining room set from her grandmother but needed to update the fabric to fit her style and personality. After looking at rows and rows of options, Christy narrowed her choice to these two:

A green and yellow damask print (UPDATE: I found out the name of this fabric. It is Waverly Bedazzle in Clover)

and a chartreuse and aqua medallion print.

We both really loved the aqua and chartreuse medallion fabric in the second picture above but ultimately, the print was a little big for the small chair seats we were recovering. Therefore, Christy chose the green and yellow damask.

It only took two yards of fabric for the 4 chairs we were recovering and at $12.99 a yard, this project came to less than $30.

Here is one of the dining room chairs, originally covered in a black velour type material.

The first step was to turn the chair upside down and remove the 4 screws in each corner of the chair that were holding the seat in place. After removing the screws, I was able to easily lift the seat off of the chair.

I turned the seat over and used a screw driver to begin prying the staples out of the black fabric. This step revealed a dated powder blue and mauve fabric  and some rusty staples hanging on for dear life.

The rusty staples required a little more leverage at first but after removing the corner staples, I was able to pull up on the fabric and pull out a row of staples at once.

Once the old fabric was removed, I centered the pattern over the chair seat and used the seat as a template for cutting. I made sure we had enough overhang to wrap the fabric around and securely staple it to the bottom of the seat.

Below is the first newly covered chair. The green and yellow brighten up the space by adding some needed color. Christy plans to bring some of the colors from the chair fabric into the den by adding some coordinating pillows or window treatments.

This project is an easy and affordable way to update your dining room chairs, or any chairs with a removable seat. All you need is fabric, a staple gun (with staples, of course), and something to pry out the old staples (I used a screw driver).

We still have three more chairs to go. Hey, it was 4th of July and we had other things to do. After we finish the other chairs and dress the table with linens, we’ll show you the finished room.

And if you skimmed all the words at the top to get the quick and dirty summary, here is your 5 second re-cap: remove old fabric, add new, staple. Voila! Here is the before and after.

Have you ever recovered chairs? Did you think it made a big difference?

Linking to:

Transformation ThursdayPhotobucket somewhat simple button Furniture Feature Fridays
Photobucket The DIY Show Off

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13 Responses to Recovering Dining Room Chairs
  1. Maggie
    July 7, 2011 |

    Luv luv the fabric you have use and the step by step tut.
    Don’t forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.

  2. kelli
    July 7, 2011 |

    I LOVE the new fabric you used! I just recently recovered our dining room chairs too! The sad cream fabric was screaming to be recovered after two messy boys had been sitting on them for a year:)

  3. shannon
    July 8, 2011 |

    What a score! I love the update. How did we live before staple guns?

  4. BluBabesCreate
    July 9, 2011 |

    oooohhhh! So lovely! Come see some amazing reupholstery!

  5. Paula
    July 9, 2011 |

    Great update! Love the fabric that you used. I’ve never done chairs for myself but I did once help my mom do it. It’s such a quick way to make a change that makes big impact in your decor.

    I’m visiting from Amanda’s party.

  6. Cindy
    July 12, 2011 |

    I really like that fabric! Yes, I cover chair cushions often! It’s so easy and I change them every 3 or 4 years.

  7. Deanne
    July 12, 2011 |

    Great Job, I have just recovered some chairs myself!

  8. Bethany
    July 15, 2011 |

    I love the fabric that you used! It’s so pretty and gives the chairs a whole new life! Great job!

  9. The Future Mrs Lizzie Mc
    July 25, 2011 |

    I have a shower curtain in the EXACT same print but a different color combo. I adore it!

  10. That’s amazing! I’m amazed! I would never have looked twice at that fabric, but it looks incredible! (I need to broaden my decorative horizons!)

  11. Alicia
    February 19, 2012 |

    The chair looks great! I like the fabric you used, but I’m in love with the aqua and chartreuse medallion fabric. Who’s the maker?

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