Some people have old furniture that don’t match with the new decor or simply don’t like anymore. This simple DIY chair makeover tutorial introduces affordable and stylish dining room chairs.
Katie is going to show us how to reupholster a chair with step-by-step instruction. Let’s save money and learn how to make stylish grey chevron chairs!
Tools you’ll need:
Staple gun and staples (I have a Stanley brand one)
A staple remover (mine is Bosch brand)
Fabric (batting or fleece and your choice of pretty fabric)
Fabric (Always look for coupons online. I got my fabric for only $30)
Before-After Reupholstered Chairs
The biggest part of the whole project is actually taking all the old stuff off - which is where the staple remover and pliers come in. I put the remover
under the staple and pry it up. Sometimes it doesn’t come out completely (only one side will), and then I
use the pliers to yank it out. If the furniture you are reupholstering is a unique size or shape. It is best to keep the old fabric and use that as a template/pattern for cutting out your new fabric. My chairs were simple squares, so I didn’t need to keep the old fabric.
Step 1: After the chairs are uncovered (naked), lay your pretty fabric on a flat surface right side down (wrong side up) and lay your batting/fleece on top of that.
Step 2: Lay your chair seat piece (the thing to be covered) on top of that, and use a fabric marker to draw your cut line. My seat was pretty thick (about 3-4 inches tall), so I basically measured/eye-balled about 4 inches away from the seat, and then an additional 2 inches away from that to account for the fabric needed to staple on the bottom of the cushion.
*Better safe than sorry and cut more than you need than not enough. We can trim away any excess fabric at the end.
Step 3: Draw a circle/square 6 inches away from the cushion. After marking the fabric, I used fabric scissors to cut it out.
*I used these pieces as my pattern and cut out all fabric pieces for all my chairs (all 3 of them) at once.
A side note: I didn’t show you how I stapled the top part of the chair cushion on, and for that one, I did not cut a batting/fleece piece. The cushion just didn’t need it and I didn’t want to add extra bulk.
Step 4: When you are ready to staple the fabrics on, lay the fabrics on a flat surface (the same set-up as for measuring and cutting) with the pretty outside fabric on the bottom (right side down, wrong side up), then the batting/fleece, with the cushion on top (right side down, wrong side up). Then I chose one side to start with and stapled the batting to the cushion. Once that side was affixed, I went to the opposite side.
*This helps to create a smooth surface on the right side, and you have more control over the tension of the fabric and you can eliminate pulls and folds that might appear if you didn’t staple opposing sides.
Step 5: After 2 sides are completed, go and affix the other 2 sides.
*I always do corners last, and with these chairs, I did a pleated corner. Sometimes, depending on the chair, you can tug and staple in such a way that you won’t see any folds and it will look smooth. I didn’t mind the folds at the corners, so that’s what I did. You can also do the corners by stapling the left and right sides of the corner first and then staple the very middle last (the pleat will just look different), but I started with one side and worked my way around instead. Finish all corners the same way (aka be consistent with whatever method you choose).
Step 6: After you are finished stapling the batting, use your fabric scissors to cut away any excess fabric (I cut about 1/2”-1” away from the staples).
Step 7: Using the same technique, staple the outside fabric to the cushion.
Step 8: Use an awl (or anything pokey) to make holes in the fabric where the screw would go (so that the fabric wouldn’t bind and get twisted in with the screw).
Step 9: Attach the cushions to the chair with the screws and screwdriver.
*As you saw when I was doing that, sometimes you have to lay the chair upside down on a flat surface to get contact with the chair frame and cushion and that makes putting the screws in easier.
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One of the best things about our furniture is that we offer a variety of colors sure to fit the design of any room! We love to use bright, but strong colors. These are usually colors that kids love but also make our furniture a great statement piece for a room. Out furniture comes in the awesome colors of green, orange, pink, white, and slate. So no matter the color scheme of your room we have a color for you. Whether you want a bright pink or a more subdued!
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All of our products come in a variety of colors- if you like the whale chair, but you're little girl wants pink we have that! Like the table and chairs set but your kid's room is more neutral, check out slate or white. Our products are made for kids but are designed with style in mind as well.
Birthday party ideas for boys are hard to come up with. Here is a fun DIY project to plan the themed birthday party for your favorite boy.
This birthday party theme is an “Up, up, and Away” theme. You can do this without spending a lot of money while still making it cute. For example, fun and affordable paper airplane and hot air balloons are easy DIY projects for a themed birthday party.
- Yarn or string
- Paper in colors of your choice (I used red, white and blue - which isn't as patriotic looking as it sounds)
- Stapler with staples
1. Fold paper airplanes by taking a regular 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and folding it in half (long ways or short ways works - I used both types in my streamers)
2. Turn the paper over so that the fold is up (like a tent)
3. Fold the top corners in to the center fold line so that the top of your paper is now a triangle
4. Fold the entire halfs of the paper in to the center fold line on both sides
5. Fold the entire halfs of the paper in to the center fold on both sides again
6. Flip your folds down so that you have a paper airplane. - I'm sure you could find a paper airplane folding tutorial online if you can't follow mine.
7. Slip the yarn inside one of the wings and staple the bottom part of the plane close to the wings so that it stays on
8. Repeat - making sure to use the same wing each time so your airplanes will be facing the wrong way.
9. Hang up - I am using mine for decorations at the party and then hanging them up in my son's room as decoration now that we have finally moved to a place where he has his own room instead of sleeping with us and in the kitchen at the ripe old age of 1!
Hot Air Balloon
- Crate, box or basket (I borrowed a red storage crate from my parents)
- Bunting (I sewed mine out of a ribbon and old t-shirts)
- Props -( I made a chalkboard and aviator hats with goggles and brought my son's toy helicopter)
- Blue Fabric or paper
- Paper bag sand bags (Just crumple up some paper bags and stuff them full of paper and tie them shut)
1. Attach Bunting to create
2. Attach Balloons at all four corners
3. Tie Balloon together at the base of the balloons
4. Attach paper bag sand bags
5. Hang up fabric behind as a background
6. Take adorable pictures your party guests
- Fabric (I used old t-shirts)
- Ribbons (You don't need much depending on how long you want it- mine was only 3 feet or so)
- Sewing machine
1. Cut your fabric into triangles (I measured mine to be 3 inches tall and have a base of 3 inches)
2. Line up your fabric with your ribbon and feed it through your machine (I found it looked the best when it was attached close to the bottom of the ribbons)
3. I used old t-shirts and I found they looked better as just one layer than when I tried to finish them off so I just left mine unfinished but you could hem or serge of zigzag stitch yours if you so desired.
4. Attach somewhere - I put mine on my hot air balloon photo booth but it would look cute on the wall or a crib too.
DIY Project by Karli Woodbury
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