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Today I’m sharing how to recover the fabric seat on a Lane cedar chest or how to reupholster fabric seats on anything.
This cedar chest is mine. It was a birthday gift from the hubby and kids a long time ago. I never got a cedar chest when I graduated from high school. That was the thing a number of years ago.
In 1930 one of the managers at Lane came up with the idea of offering free miniature cedar boxes to girls graduating from high school. Seems like the idea worked because many parents bought Lane cedar chests for their graduating daughters.
I never got one of the cedar boxes either so now I’m on the hunt.
I re-covered the original padded seat with blue fabric several years ago. When I was cleaning my workshop out (it’s really happening this time, photos to follow soon) I found a thrift store treasure.
The treasure is a remnant of upholstery fabric I bought a few years ago. I fell in love with the design and the colors. Time to do something with that fabric.
This is how the cedar chest looked for the past few years. It sits behind our sofa and we use it to store quilts. I’ve painted about 10 cedar chests but I’m not painting this one.
The blue fabric is pretty and I love the texture (texture is my thing) but the blue is going. The nice thing about changing the fabric is the change is not permanent.
I can remove the fabric and the cedar chest will be back to the original look or I can keep changing the fabric to match my decor or just for the fun of it!
My sweet hubby even had the chest inscribed…With Love On Your Birthday…Jason, Tammy, & Ray. Something to be treasured.
This is the fabric for the makeover. It has a raised design and almost looks like cross-stitch. I remember it was pretty pricey but I couldn’t resist the colors and the beautiful texture.
How To Recover The Fabric Seat On A Lane Cedar Chest
1. Remove the fabric seat top from the Lane Cedar Chest
The top of the chest is two pieces, the padded seat and the wood top. I used a drill to remove the 8 screws holding the padded seat to the top.
We’re talking a 5 minute job. Using a screwdriver would take a bit longer but not much.
2. Remove the old fabric
The JTS removed the staples holding the blue layer of fabric to the seat. I left the original fabric on the padded seat and just added another layer of fabric.
3. Recover the fabric seat.
Lay the seat upside down on the wrong side of the fabric and cut the fabric. Cut the fabric large enough to staple to the backside of the seat.
I worked on this project in the living room floor. That’s where the chest was so no need to take it to the workshop. The project is simple and takes no time at all.
Cut the fabric to size
I usually cut a larger piece of fabric than needed. Better too much than too little.
Staple the fabric to the seat
Using a heavy duty stapler start on one long side and staple the fabric to the seat. Next staple the fabric on the opposite side….pulling it taught as you staple.
When stapling the fabric on the two short ends of the seat start in the middle and work to the outsides. Cut away any extra fabric at the corners. If the fabric is heavy and thick it is necessary to remove as much fabric as possible at the corners.
You don’t need a big bulge because the padded seat will not lay flat against the top of the cedar chest.
Work the fabric at the corners until there are no creases or folds to be seen from the top or edge of the seat. This is just something you have to work with. There is no one way to do it. Staple until secure.
4. Re-attach the seat to the top.
Using a drill or screwdriver replace the 8 screws to re-attach the seat to the top. That’s all there is to it.
Ta-dah! How nice is that. The fabric is snug all the way around the seat.
5. Repurpose the Lane Cedar Chest as a coffee table
The colorful design on the fabric really livens up the cedar chest.
Can you see the texture in the photos? I don’t know what type of design this is I just know I love it.
The newly recovered chest is sitting in front of the sofa but it will have to go back to it’s place behind the sofa. We use Sofi’s toy box as a coffee table and the upholstered top of my cedar chest might not hold up well to drinks and food.
I paint cedar chests a lot of the time because the ones I find at the junk store or flea market are in bad condition. This is one of my favorite cedar chests.
What do you think of the change? Do you like the fabric?
How To Reupholster Fabric Seats On Anything
You can use this tutorial to recover the seats on just about anything. I love this chair makeover where I didn’t even need to re-paint the chair.
I had this awesome fabric and decided it’s just what the chair needed. I re-covered the chair seat and now the chair is a beauty. The fabric made all the difference!
Do you have a cedar chest? Does it have a padded top? Have you recovered a simple chair seat? Leave me a note and I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Have a great day. Kathy