If you have read my past posts, you probably know that I am all about the 5 R’s: recycle, reuse, reduce, rot, and refuse. We have been wanting to replace our dining chairs for a while, but didn’t want to purchase anything new. I wanted to reuse and recycle some chairs that needed a new home. I have been looking on my Facebook shop and swap page for a while now and finally found some. These were originally from IKEA (similar to these ones) but I got them from a community member whose daughter happened to go to the same day care as my son – gotta love small towns! These chairs were in somewhat rough shape when we got them but with some TLC, we made them much better! Continue reading for my DIY chair update.
Cleaning Them Up
The first thing we did when we got the chairs home was give them a good scrub with our DIY all-purpose cleaner. We also took the slip covers off the chairs.
I love the construction of these chairs. They have four screws on the bottom, which makes popping off the chair pads really easy.
A couple of the slip covers were marked up and way beyond repair. With a toddler, I also didn’t want white chair covers for the reason you see below!
New Chair Covers
So the chairs I got have slip covers on them. I wanted to replace them so off to the fabric store once again :). I found this lovely blue fabric in the outdoor section of the fabric store. It was 50% off and I also got 20% off at the register. Yay for sales!
Upon getting the fabric home, I ditched the idea of making slip covers for just reupholstering the chairs. I got extra fabric so if I ever need to update the chairs, I can. I also purchased outdoor fabric in a dark color. This will be more durable then the canvas fabric that was previously on the chair. They are also easier to wash off.
To upholster the chairs, I first removed the chair covers. I then laid the chair cushion on the fabric. Next I cut the fabric to have a 3 inch edge all the way around.
Working from the middle of the edge, I stapled the fabric to the underside of the chair. I did the middle on each of the 4 sides pulling the fabric tight. I then worked around the other sides. Next I finished the corners, pulling them tight so there were no folds.
Finally I placed the chair pads on the chairs and flipped them upside down. I screwed the pad back on the the chair and just like that we had a finished chair.
This chair update was really quick and made a world of difference in our dining room. These chairs are sleeker then our old ones and take up way less space. With space at a premium in our small dining room, we improved our previous situation in a couple big ways.
So what do you think of this chair update? I think they turned out pretty good. I always encourage you to take a look at resources around you and see what you can reuse and turn into something new!
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