Our Mini Family: My First Reupholstery Project EVER


Jan 13, 2012

My First Reupholstery Project EVER



OMG! I was so nervous to reupholster these chairs. 
Mind you, they are our hand-me-down chairs from Adam's mom, but STILL: these are our only dining chairs and if I screwed it up, we would have had no where to sit!
This first thing I did was strip the seats from the chairs. I had to do a little inspecting on the bottom side of the chair to see what tools I needed (i.e. a screwdriver, flat head, and some Clorox wipes to get the dirt off of the metal before I spray painted).
Simple enough! I just did the exact same thing with the new fabric, lining the edges with stapes & started my pattern from the center and on both the left/right sides. 
Once I cleaned the metal thoroughly and let the cleaning supply dry, 
I took it outside to spray paint it. 
Spray painting was a piece of cake! 
I was very careful, though, that I chose a metallic paint. 
I would think it would look rather funny spraying a matte color onto a metal surface. 
Isn't this fabric darling?! I found it on clearance for $9 for 3/4 of a yard!
So I hacked away at the fabric, adjusting it so it was just right for my oddly shaped seats, and then I began stapling away! It's way simpler than I thought! 
I wasn't exact with my staples. I don't care what it looks like at the bottom!
All I care about is if it will stay in place and looks great on top!
This was also my first time using a staple gun! That was interesting. I had no idea what kind of kickback I was going to get when I dealt the first staple. I imagine that's sort of what firing a gun feels like, after you pull the trigger and you feel the aftermath of the release. Anyway, not that it's a huge deal, but for me: using a staple gun successfully for the first time seems like an accomplishment (since I didn't staple my finger to my chair).

I love how it turned out! This was definitely a transformation! 

11 comments :

  1. wow i seriously can't
    believe how good that chair looks!

    you did an amazing job!
    it went from plain black
    to a retro looking chair!
    loving the colors you picked




    xoxo
    Melina ♥
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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  2. These look great! I love the fabric! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

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  3. Super Cute! The first time I used a staple gun was also quite the experience, but fun!

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  4. Awesome Makeover. I love the fabric.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  5. What a great Job :)

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  6. The new chair is AMAZING! You just inspired me to do my first reupholstery project.
    -Jazmine
    http://keepitkrafty.blogspot.com/

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  7. Hello! Coming over from Gingerbread! ;-) LOVING your {new} chair! You're already a professional! I bought a sander about 6 months back and am afraid of it....I have a couple pieces that I want to sand and paint, but have found every excuse under the sun not to, but I am feeling a little more confident the more I click around the blogosphere! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! XO

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  8. Your chairs look super! Great job and love the fabric!

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    1. Agreed here! The fabrics are bright and cheery, and very modern looking. Great choices!

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