Have you ever found a pair of chairs for a great deal on Craigslist or a flea market and loved the lines of the chair but hated the color or pattern of the fabric? I’m raising my hand because I have. Well, I lived to tell the tale of the updating a pair of chairs and thought I’d share it with you all today. So, here’s my Tips for Painting and Upholstering Old Chairs.
About six months ago, I found a pair of chairs on Craigslist for $60. The fabric was definitely dingy, but the chairs were extremely sturdy. Since moving in to this house, I’ve been on the lookout for affordable furniture that just needs a bit of love. These chairs totally fit the bill.
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I found this great indoor/outdoor fabric and decided to go with it. They don’t have it where I ordered it but you can find the Trina Turk Peacock Fabric on Ebay. The color and movement of the fabric goes with what I was envisioning the entryway to end up looking like. I ended up paying about $70 per yard and ordered 2 1/2 yards. Definitely pretty steep, but cheaper than buying two new chairs.
I had taken pictures of disassembling the chairs so I knew where the original staples for the upholstery went in. I used the pictures as a guide for reassembling the chairs with the new upholstery.
Basically, I just used the hand stapler and stapled the fabric in where the old staples were stapled. I glued the piping around the edges to hide the staples and that was that.
*Even though there is only one shown, both of them look identical.
So, I would definitely do this type of job again. I wouldn’t try any chairs that look harder than these and I wouldn’t buy expensive fabric. Buying the expensive fabric made me super nervous about cutting it and using it. If it were cheaper, I would have re-cut the pieces because they didn’t stretch as well as I would have wished.
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