Cheap Chair Re-Upholstering by an Un-Handy Kate
I am not handy or crafty, do not knit, crochet, or quilt, and if I sew my clothes, you can see the stitches. So, when I tell you that I re-upholstered (re-covered) our dining room table chairs, you can assume it was easy.
The only vaguely crafty thing I’ve done before was when I promised myself to do something creative every day for 100 days. At that point, I had two babes in diapers and I could not remember that I was a human. I knew only that I was a food-source, patron of CVS and a spit-cloth. I promised myself that simply adding tomatoes to a salad was creative.
Then, I painted these two Ikea kids’ tables. We still use them today.
Feeling “spring-y,” I bought 50.00 worth of Amy Butler Laminated Cotton, a staple gun, and went to work. It took about 10 minutes per chair. In my household, that can mean one chair every 3 days.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Fabric (about 2 feet square per chair), Staple Gun, Staples (not too long), Scissors and a Screw Driver
STEP TWO: Unscrew the screws under the seat to release it from the frame.
STEP THREE: Cut the fabric, leaving a few inches all around. I did not worry about centering the design, of course. Think “sloppy.”
STEP FOUR: Staple the fabric (with the design facing the way you’d like it) to the cushion, making little tucks as needed. If you make a mistake (like I did), it’s easy to remove the staples with a screwdriver and re-do.
SAFETY HINT: Keep staple gun away from children…