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Sunday, August 7, 2011

A fabric face-lift

We are in the process of working on our latest DIY project: a fabric face-lift! It's one of those projects that I've wanted to do since we moved here, but have procrastinated actually starting it because I thought it would be much more work than it actually is {do you have one of those?} Also, it's actually a lot easier than what I thought it would be thanks to my handy husband, Will. Here's a brief tutorial to recovering chairs:

Step 1:

Pick out your fabric!
The yellow fabric above is for the kitchen chairs and the colorful paisley fabric is for the kitchen window valences. I thought these two fabrics coordinated well together because I wanted something a little more simple for the chair cushions and something a little more fun for the window valences. So, this is what I picked!

Step 2:
Gather all of your supplies
All you need for this project is fabric, drill, staple gun, staples, and pliers.

Step 3:
Use the drill to unscrew the old chair cushion
Step 4:
Once the cushion is removed, take the pliers and pick out the old staples
After taking out the old staples, the old fabric will come right off.

Step 5:
Use the old fabric shape as a template to cut the new fabric piece
Step 6:
Use the staple gun to staple the new fabric onto the chair cushion
 Hold the fabric very tightly to ensure smooth fabric. Otherwise, you may have creases if it is not tightly stapled.

Step 7:
Once the new fabric is stapled onto the cushion, drill the cushion back to chair, and voila!
This is one of our four kitchen chairs. We still have our eight dining room chairs to recover, but I'm just so glad to be done with our old {rainbow as I call it} kitchen chairs.

There you have it: out with the old, in with the new! Let me know if you have any tips to recovering chairs that I may not have considered this go-round. Have a good night, readers!


  1. Haley, I have been wanting to do this with our kitchen chairs! How any yards of fabric did you use? Maybe I will feel crafty soon and give it a try!

  2. Hey, Sarah!! So sorry I'm just now responding to your comment, but I would say half a yard per chair depending on the length and width of your chair cushion. Let me know if you have any more questions! Love your beach pictures, by the way :) Looks like y'all had a wonderful time!