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How to Reupholster a Dining Room Chair Cushion

Updated on March 4, 2012

How to Make an Ugly Chair Look Beautiful

So you have a chair that looks like this!? Old, worn out cushion, in desperate need of a revamp...

I found this particular chair at a yard sale and although I knew it was such an ugly piece, I saw it's potential.

If you don't already own the chair that needs to be reupholstered and you are looking to buy one to makeover, you will need to look through swan goggles. Picture the ugly duckling piece in it's made over form. Look for good lines, a sturdy build and an overall style that you will enjoy.

What Tools are Needed to Reupholster?

This is a very simple project when your chair only needs a cosmetic repair.

1. Fabric of your choice

2. Staple Gun

3. Vacuum or Carpet Cleaner

4. Drill

How to Cover Your Seat Cushion with Fabric

Dining room chairs are the most simple to reupholster. The seats screw right off!

Simply screw off the seat and give it a good cleaning by either vacuuming or using a carpet cleaner if it is a real mess.

Take whichever beautiful fabric you purchased (this chair only took 1/2 a yard) and cover your seat completely. Make sure that if you have lines or patterns that they line up properly.

Turn the seat over, making sure to hold the fabric tightly in place, and staple the fabric securely around the entire back of the seat.

For this chair it also needed a fresh coat of paint. I chose to use spray paint to make it the quickest.

I used Ace Premium Primer spray paint in Red Oxide and finished it with a coat of Ace Clear Cote Gloss spray paint.

When spray painting I normally use a primer and follow with the color of my choice, but in this case the only color I could find that I wanted was in the primer. That is the reason why it was followed up with a gloss coat.

Once the chair is dry, if it was painted, it is ready to get the seat screwed back in. Simply turn the chair over and take your drill and screws from before and screw your seat back in place.

Now you have a one of a kind, beautiful chair for your dining room or any other place in the house!



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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I agree with everyone, you described the process in such clear steps that anyone can follow! If I ever reupholster a chair, I'll be sure to check out your Hub!

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      6 years ago from New York, NY

      Wow what a great way to give an old piece of furniture new life! I never thought about doing this before but you make it sound so easy, not to mention how beautiful the end result is. I will definitely keep this in mind for the future. Thanks!

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      Brittany Kennedy 

      6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      What an excellent hub! I think I'll try this with an old chair I found at a garage sale. Great work, voted up, etc.

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      Even I can manage a spray paint can! Sounds really simple to do. I may have to put these techniques to work! I like the pattern tip.


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      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      You make it sound so easy! Beautiful results, and I can't believe you can use spray paint for this project. Maybe I can do it after all.


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