Yesterday, I wrote about how I painted a dining room chair our neighbors had given us. Actually, our neighbors gave us four matching chairs, but I only gave one a makeover because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.
This is what the chair looked like before:
After I painted the chair a creamy white, I gave its seat cushion a makeover just by changing the fabric. My sister taught me how to do this a few years ago and as long as you have the right tools, it’s a very simple process.
What You’ll Need
- scissors suitable for cutting fabric (I went out and bought some; our regular kitchen scissors just weren’t sharp enough)
- staple gun with staples
- fabric to cover the cushion (I had about a yard of fabric which would easily cover four seat cushions)
Step 1: Remove the seat cushion. Our cushion was affixed to the chair with three small screws. The underside of the chair had three holes, each with a small screw. By using a screwdriver to remove the screws, the seat cushion came right off. Put the screws in a safe place so you can easily find them again.
Step 2: Remove the existing fabric. If the fabric and the seat cushion are in pretty good shape, you could skip this step and just put new fabric over the existing fabric. Our seat cushion was in great shape, but the seat fabric was really stained so I wanted to take it off. (If your seat cushion is in bad shape, you can easily replace it by buying a yard or so of foam from a local fabric store and cutting it down to size.) I removed the existing cushion fabric by carefully cutting the fabric using the staples as my guide — I cut just to the outside of all the staples so that the fabric would easily come off all in one piece. By keeping the fabric in one piece, I was able to use it as a template for cutting my new fabric. I knew I just needed to add about an inch margin all around the fabric template to compensate for the amount of fabric that I left behind under the staples.
Step 3: Cut out the new fabric to fit the seat cushion.
Step 4: Staple the fabric into place with the staple gun. Just start folding the fabric up around the cushion, stapling as you go. Be sure to pull the new fabric fairly taught to avoid wrinkles.
If you can wrap a present, you can recover a seat cushion.
The staples didn’t lie completely flat against the bottom of the seat cushion, so I just grabbed a hammer and gave each one a gentle tap.
It doesn’t really matter what the underside of the cushion looks like. What matters is the side where people sit:
Step 5: Screw the seat cushion on to the chair frame. Use the screws that you put aside from Step 1.
Here’s the final product:
And, just so you have a side-by-side comparison, here’s one of the other dining room chairs next to the one that got the makeover:
So now I just have to decide whether I should redo the other three dining chairs the same way as this one. Decisions, decisions.
This dining room chair makeover was very inexpensive because we had most of the tools and materials already on hand. In fact, the only things I had to buy were the fabric scissors ($13.50) and the fabric ($5). And, I have enough of all the materials to redo the other three chairs.