Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dining Room Chair Update {Easy Tutorial}

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You know how Pinterest makes you feel like you could build a house, furnish it with nothing but pallet furniture, and decorate it from the dollar store for a grand total of $50 by yourself?
Most of the time it's a total lie.
But guys, if I would have known that this would be this easy, I would have done it months ago.
In fact, this set was a hand me down from my mom and she said that she was jealous that she hadn't done it before.

So here was the problem.  I had this lovely, sturdy dining room set that my mom gave me when we moved last March.
A lovely, sturdy dining room set from the 80's.
And the fabric was....from the 80's.  Let's just leave it at that.  And not offend anyone. {Sorry mom}
For months I've been planning to do something to spruce it up.
Nothing too complicated.  Just a little touch to bring it into this century.
So in a bold moment, I ran to Joanne's and got some fabric to recover those lovely 80's cushions.
And not only was it quick and easy {I literally finished it in 3 hours}, but it was cheap {only $35 for the fabric and we had all of the other tools!} made a huge difference.

Dining Room Chair Cushion Recover
Screwdriver/wrench {depending on how the cushion is attached to the chair on your set}
~3 yards of upholstery/heavy fabric {for 6 chairs}
 Staple gun and staples
Optional: pins

First you need to figure out how the cushion is attached to the chair.  Or, if you're me, you ask your husband to figure it out on the first chair and then just mimic him for the others.  Mine had four screws on each, one in every corner, that I had to remove, and then it just popped off.
Remove all of the cushions.

I thought it was easiest to lay out all of the cushions with the fabric to make sure that I had enough but didn't overcompensate.  I bought 3 yards of fabric and had enough for all 6 cushions, plus enough leftover to either make an extra cushion or two if one gets destroyed or make a runner or some nice napkins.  You may be able to get away with 2 1/2 if you have smaller cushions or are more careful with your fabric.

Cut the fabric into squares that are large enough to cover and wrap around the cushion with some extra room to staple on the back.

{don't mind the dog, her bed, or her blanket in the background..
hopefully you have a nice craft room to do this in...I have my living room}

My cushions were oddly rounded and my fabric is striped, so I used pins to pin the corners and to keep the fabric taut and in place once I turned it over to staple.  You don't have to do this, but I recommend at least doing the corners if you're a perfectionist like me.

Turn the pillow over and staple every few inches, close to the edge.  Make sure you pull the fabric taut before each staple for a nice, clean look on the top of the cushion.

Trim any excess fabric.

Flip the completed cushion over, and screw it back into the chair.

It's that easy!!
And, if you mess it up or get sick of the fabric, it's easy enough to pull out the staples and start over again.
And you'll get a new, fun, refreshed feel for your dining room!

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