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Sitting Pretty - Give Your Chairs A Fresh, New Look

 Give Your Chairs A Fresh Look - Cover The Seats With New Fabric

Have your dining chairs seen better days?

 

before and after

 

 

My chairs had a light colored fabric on the seats that had become stained and the stained seats were driving me crazy. 

 

This weekend I went through my fabric inventory and found a piece of faux leather that was perfect for giving my chairs their much needed makeover. 

 

 It's really a very easy diy project.

 

 

Turn the chair upside downremove all screws and remove the seat.

Place new fabric back side up and then center seat on top of fabric

Using a staple gun, attach fabric to seat on all four sides.

Pull tight, smooth out wrinkles and staple around all four corners. 

Cut away excess fabric. Replace seat on chair. 

 

recover chair seat

A whole new look....and it cost me nothing but a little time.

Even if you had to buy the fabric, you could do so for very little money.

 

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Comment balloon 38 commentsSharon Tara • April 12 2011 12:46PM

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Sharon -- I love it!  Thanks for the photos and easy tutorial on how to recover a chair.  Many people think it's much harder to do than it actually is, so your post will be very helpful.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 7 years ago

Sharon, I just did that with some dining room chairs that the cat's had clawed to pieces.  I was amazed at how easy it was.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Sharon I just took and old butcher block table and covered it in pool table felt (stapled underneath) and turned it in to a professional looking Poker - Texas holdem table.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 7 years ago

Sharon- Great tutorial but when did you find time to do that AND come down to Florida???

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Sharon, another great tip from the expert (yes you!) herself! I truly appreciate your "Before" and "After" pictures too. Great work!

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) about 7 years ago

Maureen:  I was lucky to have material available, so it not only was simple...it was cheap too!

Patricia:  We did our dining room chairs several years ago.  These are our kitchen chairs and for some reason I thought we couldn't get the seats off and they had to be done by a professional.  My husband had no problem taking them apart and doing the job.  I was so happy!

Steve:  That sounds awesome.  What a great idea.  You should share a picture.

Kathy:  Oh, I'm just full of surprises!

Lydie:  Some people really are visual and need the photos to grasp the process.  I always try to include pictures.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

You make this look so easy. It is the same thing I want to do- and with the faux leather too. OK, no excuses now. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Sharon, I think you post will inspire many people who had some chairs on their to-do list for a long time. You are giving very EZ to follow instructions.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) about 7 years ago

The chair I'm sitting on right now needs to have the seat re-covered, thanks for reminding me, something to do in my spare time!  Yikes!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 7 years ago

Looks great and sounds easy enough with the right tools!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 7 years ago

Sandi:  Awesome!  No excuses...I expect a full report with pictures very soon!

Anna:  I hope so!

Roger:  I see you took everyone's advice and switched your picture!  Love it!  Now everytime we see it, we will think of you enjoying your visit to Florida!

Debra:  Very simple.  No reason not to at least give it a try!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Kathy changed out the picture for me.............lol.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 7 years ago

Roger:  She did good!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Very timely, my sister called me yesterday and said she was looking to get the meatball stains off her white seat cushions. I told her I'd help.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 7 years ago

Very nice Sharon, I LOVE your choice of fabric!!! I remember when I first came here to AR you were one of the first hands on re-purposing gals I had the pleasure to read.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 7 years ago

This is one of my favorite DIY projects and I've been paid to do it for MANY clients.  They provide easy income and a nice change for very little money.  Great tutorial Sharon. 

 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) about 7 years ago

Were your ears ringing today? Or maybe it was mine. I was out buying fabric to recover an accent chair in my porch and my dining room chairs. I have been wanting to do it for ever and finally did it today. Ha, must have been a fabric for chairs day!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 7 years ago

Sharon--I just had this conversation yesterday with clients whose cat had destroyed three of the four breakfast room chairs.  They had extra fabric on hand and were amazed how simple the task would be.  Nice post. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 7 years ago

Sharon:  And here I paid an upholstered to do the job (with fabric that I found on sale for so cheap....).  You did a really goo job.  Thanks for the instructions.  My kitchen chairs are going to need a facelift (seatlift) soon. 

Posted by Valerie Zinger, Home Organizer (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada) about 7 years ago

Ellen:  Well this will certainly take care of those meatball stains, LOL!

Cynthia:  Well, it takes one to know one, my crafty sister!

 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Ginger:  I hadn't thought about covering seats for cash...I like that idea!

Shar:  Great minds think alike!  I hope you are going to share your project with the rest of the class!

 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Janet:  I'm sure they were thrilled you saved them money!

Valerie:  Well those kitchen chairs can be transformed by you and then you can spend the money you save on something wonderful!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the step by step....with pictures it makes it EASY!  What was old is new again....looks GREAT!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) about 7 years ago

Sharon, great post! Very well done! I made sound proofing frames for our music loft by adding batting and material to a rectangular frame made of lath and hung them on the sloped ceiling! It looked a lot like what you did! They help a lot with the echo!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) about 7 years ago

Kathy:  And it can be new again with different fabric if I want it to!

Peg:  What a great idea.  You should share a post on that sometime.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

That's always a quick and easy fix ... one that even I don't mind doing.  Looks very nice !  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Sandi Gerrard about 7 years ago

Sandi:  Thank you!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

I'm in the process of recovering my formal dining room chairs right now (two of eight completed).  They have been a bit of a pain.  They had cording stapled on over the material, which would be fine, but the previous recover-er used hundreds of staples.  We finally discovered we could just cut the material off, turn the board over and use the other side after removing the cording. 

I also bought new 2" foam, which was too thick, so we bought an electric knife and my husband is "adjusting" the cushions.  This is my first time, and although it has been more complicated than I hoped, it will get done.  I'm not doing the cording for now, even though it would look a bit better and more formal.  For right now, I'm happy to have cushions without holes in the material!

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) about 7 years ago

Beth:  Sounds like you've had a little bit of a challenge with your chairs.  If you look closely at the 2nd to last photo, you will see there is a cording around my seats.  We didn't even remove it.  We just covered right over it.  I'm lucky I didn't have to replace the foam.  I hope you will share pictures when you are done.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

I never even thought of going right over the cording.  hmmm.  Too late now I guess. 

Thanks for the reminder to take pictures.  I started doing that but then forgot.

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) about 7 years ago

Good post Sharon. I've done this a few times too. It should be part of every Mom's survival kit LOL.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Very nice!  I recovered a desk chair recently and applied tassles with a hot glue gun.  The results were fantastic!  Thanks for the "how-to" -- always helpful!

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) about 7 years ago

Love the DIY steps you took here Sharon! I found a neat product too that if you don't have the time or desire to recover, you can actually spray paint light fabric darker colors! Yes spray paint! It's called www.simplyspray.com and it's a permanent fabric spray paint, soft to the touch, easy to use and non toxic.

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 7 years ago

Beth:  All home improvement projects should be photographed for future blog posts!

Janice:  I agree, we mom's and grandmom's need to be able to give new life to the furniture after those babies get at 'em!

Patsy:  I think you should share a picture of your tassles!

Karen:  Sounds awesome, have you actually used it?

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Can I fly you to San Diego for a few days to take care of some chairs of mine? JJJJ

Posted by Not a real person about 7 years ago

Russel:  Now that would be a sweet job! 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Sharon, I love the faux leather on your chair.  Great DYI  instructions.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 5 years ago

Sharon:  Thank you...I hope it inspires others to take on the project as well.  It's really not that hard to do.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 5 years ago

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