How To Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

Remember how we recently got a new dining set? After living with 2 dining sets in our front room for a couple of weeks, we were able to sell our old set to a friend AND reupholster the chairs on the new set! My dad used to work in an upholstery shop and offered to help me when they came to visit this weekend.
This is what the chairs looked like before. I liked that they were neutral, but that spongy green material just wasn’t doing it for me. We went on a field trip to Hancock Fabrics Sat morning (Ben opted to mow the yard mumbling something about losing his man card if he was caught in a fabric store).
I narrowed it down to 3 fabrics, and a clear winner emerged from those. They were having a huge blowout sale, so I was able to get $19.99/yd fabric for 54% off. $20 for the 2 yds we needed and $3 for 1/4″ staples (we had a staple gun) – $23 for a new-looking dining set was music to my ears Ben’s budget!
We laid down an old quilt to protect the table and went to work. Look, it’s a rare pic of me actually helping with a project! We cut the fabric into 6 even sections, laid the cushion in the middle and turned it over to make sure it looked ok.
You want to pull the fabric tight, but not so much that it bunches the old fabric up and creates wrinkles. Dad was a rockstar on pleating the corners – it’s a trial and error thing. We had a pair of pliers handy to take out staples and he would cut the corner fabric at a diagonal in order for it to lay down correctly.
And here’s the fantastic before and after shot! I wanted a neutral fabric that would go with everything, but with a pattern that would add a modern flair. The fabric I choose ended up being 100% polyester even though a blend might hold up better. We opted not to spray them with Scotchgard because of the chemicals.
I absolutely love how they turned out! I liked the dark wood look of the set from the beginning, but with the reupholstered cushions it’s definitely a reflection of my style. A HUGE thank you goes out to my dad who did most of the work (mom and I may have gone to Garden Ridge while he finished them up)!

So is it a winner? Anyone else transform your home recently using bird fabric? What weekend projects have you tackled (feel free to leave your link)?

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6 responses to “How To Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

  1. They look great!!! I always wanted to reupholster those chairs too, but never got around to it! So glad you gave them a great facelift! :)

  2. Fabulous! Jo made curtains with Ikea fabric with a modern bird pattern. You really should come see them!

  3. I love the new seats!

  4. Thank you all for your sweet comments – I’m glad they’re a crowd-pleaser!

  5. Somehow I missed this post. Very cool! I like the new print. I wonder, though, can I compliment this and still be the bearer of my man card? ;)

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