DIY How to Reupholster Furniture
Days before we were set to move back to Maryland, I stopped into Peddler’s Antique Market to peruse the massive warehouse one last time. Matt wasn’t thrilled that I was out shopping, since the POD was filled to the brim and was scheduled to be picked up the following morning. However, when I called him sheepishly to tell him about my antique find, he reluctantly said to go ahead and buy it if I was sure I could do something with it. Of course I could, ‘do something with it.” I picked up this old fashioned phone chair. Could you tell what it was or did I stump you? Apparently the seller didn’t know what it was, because they were selling it for only $25 dollars! Look alittle closer, what else do you see? the seat opens to reveal a large storage area.
When I got it through the door, Matt immediately noticed the fabric on the seat and said it looked outdated. I didn’t mind it so much since it went with the furniture style, but I assured him I could reupholster the seat. Had I upholstered anything before? No. Was I up for a challenge? Yes. Flash forward 7 months and I finally spruced up the side table.
It was so easy to reupholster, anyone could do it! It took me 30 minutes to transform this beauty! I hope the next time you are in a thrift store or see a chair on the side of the road, you snatch it up and follow my step by step tutorial.
Telephone Table Chair
Joann Fabrics Fabric (I purchased my fabric on sale for 50% off)
Electric Staple Gun ($30 at Wal-Mart. You can use this for numerous projects.)
Look under the seat or section you want to reupholster and find where it is screwed together.
Our 1869 farmhouse does not have storage space on the first level, so I needed to buy dual purpose furniture. This table also houses our shoes.
Unscrew the seat from the table chair.
Take a flathead screwdriver and pry the staples out of the wood board attached to the fabric and cushion.
Remove the original fabric and save for a future project.
Measure the size of the seat cushion and add 3 inches on each side to give yourself enough wiggle room with the fabric.
I stopped by Joann Fabrics and stumbled upon their 50% off fabric remnant sale! How incredible is this deal?! Normally, you have to buy fabric by the yard. When they have their 50% off sale, you get high quality fabric for a fraction of the price in remnants ranging from .375 to 1 yard. I couldn’t pass up this deal.
Iron the fabric, pattern side down, to remove all creases. Cut the fabric according to your measurements.
Center the pattern of the fabric and make sure it is not crocked. This step took the longest for me because I am a perfectionist. After you have lined it up, SLOWLY flip the cushion over. The pattern can move during this process, so be careful!
Time to staple! Please be careful when using your electric staple gun! I will be horrified if someone accidentally staples their hand to the chair! If you do, please DO NOT send me pictures. I get sick easily! Pull the fabric so it is taut. Staple about 1/2 in along the sides of the cushion board.
When you get to the corners, overlap the fabric like so:
Here is the reupholstered cushion before it was screwed onto the seat.
Screw the cushion back onto the seat and reattach the hinges. Take a seat and pat yourself on the back! You just reupholstered your chair!