Friday, November 26

New Dining Room Chairs....again!

Remember way back when I recovered my dining room chairs?

What the heck was I thinking?!  Pale yellow fabric on my DINING room chairs that we eat at EVERY day for EVERY meal with THREE children!

Yeah, they didn't last long.  Big surprise, huh?  I bought new fabric eons ago, but finally with Thanksgiving looming I decided to recover them so my guests wouldn't be afraid to sit on my chairs.  They were THAT nasty. Don't worry, I'm sparing you a picture of them.

Recovering dining chairs is one of the simplest reupholstery projects around.  I think I've done mine about 4 times now and like I say, if I can do it than anyone can!

First, you need to remove the seat from the chair by unscrewing the seat from the bottom.  Then, using pliers and a flat head screwdriver, pry off the staples to remove the fabric to use as a pattern for your new covers.

Or, do what I did and leave the original fabric on and simply draw a rough shape for my chair making sure that I leave enough on the sides to staple the fabric under, usually a good 2-3 inches all around.  It's better to have too much than too little.  When I recover the "recover", I do take off the second  fabric cover simply because it can get too bulky to screw the seat back on.  I never leave more than the original fabric on.  I tried it and it doesn't work on my chairs.

It's a simple staple at the top, pull the fabric tight as you can at the bottom and staple.  Then staple to the left, and pull tight as you can to staple to the right.  Then I proceed to staple around the chair pulling tight without pulling the design askew on the front.  Sounds complicated, but it's not.  You have to take a little care around the corners making sure to pull and fold the fabric just right so it doesn't look to bunchy at the corners.
 Another good tip, is to make sure to leave the holes to screw it back into the frame accessible by trimming the fabric away.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my dining room chairs!  They look sorta black in this photo, but it's more of a dark chocolate brown.  I'm in love with them.  Yes, I scotchguarded them and yes, the littlest one has already left marks on it anyways.  I keep scrubbing away at them, but I still find these little spill marks on them from milk of all things.  So I'm in sure in a year I'll have to recover them again. :)  For now though, don't you LOVE them, too?!


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