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DIY How to Reupholster Furniture

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by in $10 DIY, DIY Furniture, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to DIY Reupholster 101. So easy, anyone could ma

Reupholstered Telephone Table Chair

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.

Telephone Table Phone Chair

BEFORE: Outdated fabric on the seat cushion.

The original fabric isn't hideous. It just doesn't match our style.

The original fabric isn’t hideous. It just doesn’t match our style.

When I got it through the door, Matt immediately noticed the fabric on the seat and said it looked outdated.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.

SUPPLIES:

Telephone Table Chair
Joann Fabrics Fabric (I purchased my fabric on sale for 50% off)
Fabric Scissors
Electric Staple Gun ($30 at Wal-Mart. You can use this for numerous projects.)
Staples

STEP ONE:
Look under the seat or section you want to reupholster and find where it is screwed together.

Matt was wielding the camera.

Matt was wielding the camera.

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.

Yes, those are my duck rain boots. Are you jealous? Haha!

Yes, those are my duck rain boots. Are you jealous? Haha!

STEP TWO:
Unscrew the seat from the table chair.

DIY Reupholstering

Unscrew and separate the cushion from the wooden seat.

STEP THREE:
Take a flathead screwdriver and pry the staples out of the wood board attached to the fabric and cushion.

Staples along the sides on the seat cushion.

Staples along the sides on the seat cushion.

Pry the staples out with a flathead screwdriver.

Pry the staples out with a flathead screwdriver.

STEP FOUR:
Remove the original fabric and save for a future project.

This is what it looks like after the staples are removed from the seat.

This is what it looks like after the staples are removed from the seat.

STEP FIVE:
Measure the size of the seat cushion and add 3 inches on each side to give yourself enough wiggle room with the fabric.

Seat cushion

Seat cushion

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.

Joann Fabrics' remnant sale.

Joann Fabrics’ remnant sale.

Fabric Remnants

Fabric

STEP SIX:
Iron the fabric, pattern side down, to remove all creases. Cut the fabric according to your measurements.

Iron the fabric before recovering the cushion.

Iron the fabric before recovering the cushion.

Drape the fabric over the cushion.

Drape the fabric over the cushion.

STEP SEVEN:
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!

Fabric Pattern

Center the fabric pattern before stapling.

STEP EIGHT:
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.

Staple the fabric to the board attached to the cushion.

Staple the fabric to the board attached to the cushion.

When you get to the corners, overlap the fabric like so:

DIY Reupholstering

Make sure your corners are tucked in, taut, and overlapping.

Here is the reupholstered cushion before it was screwed onto the seat.

Stapled down and ready to go.

Stapled down and ready to go.

STEP NINE:
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!

Reupholstered seat

Reupholstered Cushion

DIY Reupholstered telephone table chair

Telephone table chair

DIY telephone table chair

Before: Outdated

How to DIY Reupholster 101. So easy, anyone could ma

After: Reupholstered Telephone Table Chair

2 Comments

  1. I helped my mom do 4 chairs this spring, and the electric staple gun was the key. I don’t think we would have survived if we’d been using a manual one. Or my hand would have been in traction.

  2. I love this! I sent you an invite to pin this an any of you DIY tutorials to my “DIY Tutorials community board” You can pin any tutorial that you create. I hope you accept the invitation and pin all you tutorials

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