We live in Colorado where all of the flooding happened back in September and these friends had extensive damage to their house and lost almost everything. When I ended up with an extra dining table and chairs after moving some furniture around in the house I knew what I was going to do. I was going to make a happy table and chairs set for my friends!
I started with these chairs. I’ve reupholstered them a few times, it’s so easy.
I began by removing the upholstered seats from the chairs. Just a simple screwdriver to remove the screws from the four corners of the seats. I’ll come back to the seats after I show you the painting process.
First everything got cleaned and sanded. Then I applied primer to all of the pieces. I used a brush for the detail areas and a small foam roller for the large surfaces.
Then I added several coats of the paint, sanding between coats. The color I used is Van Deusen Blue from Benjamin Moore. It’s a gorgeous blue!
Now for the seats. I’m totally in love with this fabric. I even used it for some wall art!
I removed all of the old upholstery with a screwdriver first and then pliers to remove the staples.
There was some damage to one of the corners. I took some wood glue, glued the pieces back in, and clamped it for an hour.
I reused the original foam from the chairs so now we can move on to the reupholstering. Here are the 4 seats ready to go.
I take the original fabric from the chair and use it as a template for the new fabric. I cut 4 new seat covers, making sure the pattern was going in the same direction, using my old piece of fabric.
I start by laying my fabric down then placing the seat on top of the fabric. Using my staple gun I staple once in the middle of each side. Pull firmly but not too tight.
Now that there are four staples, one on each side of the seat, we are ready to tackle the corners. I start by pulling in the tip of the corner, making sure not to cover up the screw hole. Staple once.
Now pull in one side of the corner and staple.
Now pull in the other side of the corner and staple. Your first corner is done! Repeat on the other corners. Then staple at least twice between your original side staple and the corners so that you have at least 5 staples on each side of the seat, not including the corner staples.
After the paint is dry and the seats are reupholstered just screw the seats back on to the chairs.
Here is the finished product! It is still in my house because my friends are still working hard on their house before they can move in furniture. I can’t wait to deliver it to them. They have such a bright sunny home I know it will look great and hopefully bring smiles everyday!