Did you know you can change the whole look of a chair by just changing the fabric? That’s what I did with this chair. It’s much prettier now. I don’t know if it looks like a million but it’s close. The process of changing the fabric is super easy and really fast.
I started this project thinking I would use the watercolor paints on drop cloth and cover the seat with the drop cloth. Things went totally sideways.
The chair is from my favorite junk shop and I paid $10 for it.
The first thing I did was remove the seat. I used a screwdriver and removed four screws on the bottom side of the chair seat, one on each corner. Then I distressed the paint by hand with 80 grit sandpaper. The paint was already a bit scuffed up and I just added to it. Sorry but no pic of the process.
This is where the project took a turn. I walked by one of my many junked up areas in the shop and caught a glimpse of this fabric. I bought it at the junk shop too. I’m not sure of the price but probably around $1 for the bag of scrap pieces.
I decided not to paint the drop cloth and to use the pretty fabric instead. I mean, look at those colors. I love the various shades of blue and turquoise and green.
After ironing the fabric I laid the chair seat upside down on the fabric and cut a piece big enough to staple on to the seat.
After stapling one side of the fabric I stapled the opposing side pulling the fabric tight while stapling. Then I moved on to the other two sides of the chair seat.
Last thing to do is gather the corners as smoothly as possible and staple them down.
Ta-dah. The process of stapling the fabric to the seat takes maybe 5 minutes, 10 tops.
Now you just have to screw the seat to the chair.
How easy was that and how different the chair looks now.
The cost of the chair and the fabric was no more than $11. That’s not bad for a solid wood chair with arms.
Have you re-covered any chair seats? I can’t tell you how many I’ve worked on in the past few years. When we lived in Florida we had a dining room set I gave new life to by covering the chair seats with a beautiful fabric. I don’t have photos of that because it was before my “blogging” days and “taking photos of everything” days.
The dining room furniture we have now has wood seats. Those chair cushions cost a lot more than covering fabric seat chairs. The cushions aren’t something you can change out with the seasons or every year or two because of the cost.
So what do you think of the makeover. Leave me a little note and I will try to reply soon. I’m actually on vacation with hubby visiting our daughter and grandson. I’ll be back soon. Have a great day!