Sitting Pretty - Give Your Chairs A Fresh, New Look

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

 Give Your Chairs A Fresh Look - Cover The Seats With New Fabric

Have your dining chairs seen better days?

 

before and after

 

 

My chairs had a light colored fabric on the seats that had become stained and the stained seats were driving me crazy. 

 

This weekend I went through my fabric inventory and found a piece of faux leather that was perfect for giving my chairs their much needed makeover. 

 

 It's really a very easy diy project.

 

 

Turn the chair upside downremove all screws and remove the seat.

Place new fabric back side up and then center seat on top of fabric

Using a staple gun, attach fabric to seat on all four sides.

Pull tight, smooth out wrinkles and staple around all four corners. 

Cut away excess fabric. Replace seat on chair. 

 

recover chair seat

A whole new look....and it cost me nothing but a little time.

Even if you had to buy the fabric, you could do so for very little money.

 

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Rainer
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Sharon--I just had this conversation yesterday with clients whose cat had destroyed three of the four breakfast room chairs.  They had extra fabric on hand and were amazed how simple the task would be.  Nice post. 

Apr 12, 2011 08:05 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ellen:  Well this will certainly take care of those meatball stains, LOL!

Cynthia:  Well, it takes one to know one, my crafty sister!

 

Apr 13, 2011 09:52 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ginger:  I hadn't thought about covering seats for cash...I like that idea!

Shar:  Great minds think alike!  I hope you are going to share your project with the rest of the class!

 

Apr 13, 2011 09:54 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janet:  I'm sure they were thrilled you saved them money!

Valerie:  Well those kitchen chairs can be transformed by you and then you can spend the money you save on something wonderful!

Apr 13, 2011 10:03 AM #22
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Thanks for the step by step....with pictures it makes it EASY!  What was old is new again....looks GREAT!!

Apr 15, 2011 08:01 AM #23
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, great post! Very well done! I made sound proofing frames for our music loft by adding batting and material to a rectangular frame made of lath and hung them on the sloped ceiling! It looked a lot like what you did! They help a lot with the echo!

Apr 15, 2011 11:00 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  And it can be new again with different fabric if I want it to!

Peg:  What a great idea.  You should share a post on that sometime.

Apr 15, 2011 02:03 PM #25
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Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

That's always a quick and easy fix ... one that even I don't mind doing.  Looks very nice !  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 16, 2011 08:28 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sandi:  Thank you!

Apr 16, 2011 12:13 PM #27
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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

I'm in the process of recovering my formal dining room chairs right now (two of eight completed).  They have been a bit of a pain.  They had cording stapled on over the material, which would be fine, but the previous recover-er used hundreds of staples.  We finally discovered we could just cut the material off, turn the board over and use the other side after removing the cording. 

I also bought new 2" foam, which was too thick, so we bought an electric knife and my husband is "adjusting" the cushions.  This is my first time, and although it has been more complicated than I hoped, it will get done.  I'm not doing the cording for now, even though it would look a bit better and more formal.  For right now, I'm happy to have cushions without holes in the material!

Apr 16, 2011 05:10 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beth:  Sounds like you've had a little bit of a challenge with your chairs.  If you look closely at the 2nd to last photo, you will see there is a cording around my seats.  We didn't even remove it.  We just covered right over it.  I'm lucky I didn't have to replace the foam.  I hope you will share pictures when you are done.

Apr 17, 2011 08:49 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

I never even thought of going right over the cording.  hmmm.  Too late now I guess. 

Thanks for the reminder to take pictures.  I started doing that but then forgot.

Apr 17, 2011 09:24 AM #30
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Good post Sharon. I've done this a few times too. It should be part of every Mom's survival kit LOL.

Apr 17, 2011 12:25 PM #31
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Very nice!  I recovered a desk chair recently and applied tassles with a hot glue gun.  The results were fantastic!  Thanks for the "how-to" -- always helpful!

Apr 17, 2011 12:54 PM #32
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Love the DIY steps you took here Sharon! I found a neat product too that if you don't have the time or desire to recover, you can actually spray paint light fabric darker colors! Yes spray paint! It's called www.simplyspray.com and it's a permanent fabric spray paint, soft to the touch, easy to use and non toxic.

Apr 18, 2011 01:58 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beth:  All home improvement projects should be photographed for future blog posts!

Janice:  I agree, we mom's and grandmom's need to be able to give new life to the furniture after those babies get at 'em!

Patsy:  I think you should share a picture of your tassles!

Karen:  Sounds awesome, have you actually used it?

Apr 18, 2011 05:21 AM #34
Rainer
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San Diego, CA

Can I fly you to San Diego for a few days to take care of some chairs of mine? JJJJ

Apr 18, 2011 04:09 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Russel:  Now that would be a sweet job! 

Apr 19, 2011 01:26 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon, I love the faux leather on your chair.  Great DYI  instructions.

Apr 15, 2013 04:57 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon:  Thank you...I hope it inspires others to take on the project as well.  It's really not that hard to do.

Apr 15, 2013 08:21 PM #38
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