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I finally tackled my first furniture project. I’m not sure why furniture projects are so much more intimidating than craft projects in my mind. This one wasn’t any more expensive than a lot of craft projects. But somehow furniture seems so much more a serious and impressive project. And that always frightened me off from attempting a furniture redo.
Until I met this chair on Craigslist.
It was only $5 and I liked the simple modern lines. I figured for $5 it was worth a try. If it worked great, if not, then I’d spent the cost of one fast food meal on the experiment.
I don’t know what the chair looked like when it was new, but the seat fabric was faded and dirty (it looked much worse in person).
I’d found a beautiful fabric shower curtain on sale for $14 that I’d originally planned to use. Then I got cold feet and realized I was willing to risk $5 on the reupholstery experiment, but not $19 (call me risk adverse, don’t call me cheap). I dug through my impulsive fabric purchases. I had this pretty blue graphic fabric that I’d bought to cover cardboard storage boxes ( uhh, they haven’t been done yet). The blue fabric would work perfectly, would use up some of my fabric stash and not cost a dime.
First, I wiped down the wood chair with a damp cloth and a lot of elbow grease. Then I flipped it over and unscrewed the screws in the 4 corners.
I used a cloth to clean the fabric on the seat well since I just wanted to upholster over the existing seat. After the seat had dried, I flipped it over on the fabric and cut around the seat leaving about a 4 inch margin. I centered the seat on the fabric so that the lines lined up with the front edge of the chair seat (don’t want the wonky lines of crooked fabric).
I pulled each side tight (but not too tight) and folded the edge of the fabric under to make it more stable for stapling. I stapled 3 staples in the middle of the sides. I did the same with the front and the back edges of the seat.
I folded each corner starting with a hospital corner fold (like you do with bedsheets) and then adjusted the folds so they wrapped more smoothly around the corner. I stapled each step of the fold down well.
I went back along all the edges and stapled them down well. And then reattached the seat with the 4 screws.
I don’t know if I’m more excited with how beautiful the chair turned out or with how easy and quick it was. If you can use a screw driver, a pair of scissors and a staple gun, then you can definitely tackle a reupholstery project. I now shake my head at how intimidated I was before. And this entire redo project took me less than 30 minutes and only cost $5! I’m now on the look out for more chairs.
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