Before & After: Ugly Chair Cushions Recovered

May 25, 2011 by
Filed under: Before & After, DIY, Home Decor Ideas 

Until we get a new kitchen table and chairs, we have to make do with our current ones which were given to us by our former roommates.  I am glad these ugly chair cushions can be re-covered quickly and easily.  Notice the gross paint drops from who knows what.

My Ugly Chair Before

All you need is a screwdriver, a staple gun, fabric and something to help you remove the staples, like a flat head screwdriver.

This is the fabric I chose.  I bought it at a thrift store and at first I thought it was vintage but it is possible that it is vintage inspired.  Sometimes it is hard to tell.

Thrifted Fabric

First unscrew the seat cushion from the base of the chair.  My cushion only had 5 screws holding it to the base.  Next simply pull out the existing staples and remove the current fabric.

Use the fabric you just took off as your pattern for cutting out your new fabric.  Next stretch the fabric over the chair cushion and staple the fabric to the chair.

I folded the raw edge of my fabric under before stapling it, just to make it look neater.  The truth is that nobody will be looking at the underside of your kitchen chairs and if they do its rude. Notice all of the holes from previous re-coverings.

Fold and Staple

Once you have finished stapling the fabric, re-screw the cushion to the base of the chair and you are done.  You can re-cover 4 chairs in about an hour or so, depending on how long it takes you to remove the current staples.

Ugly Chairs after they are re-covered

Since re-covering these chairs, my kitchen feels way more cheerful.
by Selena Faye

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2 Comments on Before & After: Ugly Chair Cushions Recovered

  1. kt
    on Thu, May 26th 2011 @ 8:50 am

    These look great!

    • Faye
      on Thu, May 26th 2011 @ 3:07 pm


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